Santa Hat Free Crochet Pattern


Santa Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Hi, all! I hope you are all having a very merry holiday season!

I know everyone is busy this time of year but I wanted to share this Santa Hat I made in case you were also looking to increase your holiday cheer game! It was a totally last minute project (literally finished it on Christmas Eve!) but I found myself with some time and decided a luxurious hand-crafted Santa Hat would be perfect to wear to all the holiday festivities this week. It features a thick, folded/double brim and a super fluffy pompom. But the cranberry-colored yarn is what makes this hat in my opinion, giving it a rich and classic Santa look.

Unfortunately, this post only contains instructions for an adult size. However, it’s a really simple pattern to size up or down, so I’ve included a brief explanation on how you can adjust it for your needs!

Here’s what I used:

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The hat is worked from the brim up, starting with the ribbing. The ribbing is made extra wide and then folded.

The hat is worked in continuous rounds.

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Hdc – Half-double crochet

Dec – Decrease. In this pattern, this means to work an invisible hdc decrease.

Ribbing in White:

Row 1: Ch 22, in 3rd ch from hook hdc across (20 sts)

Row 2: Hdc across (20 sts)

Repeat row 2 until your ribbing measures about 55cm/22″ unstretched. (This was about 52 rows for me.)

Fold the strip and slst the short ends together and tie off.


Body in Cranberry:

DO NOT turn your ribbing right side out. You will leave the slsts of the seam facing out because the brim will be folded up later to cover it.

Now you will join your Cranberry yarn and crochet around the edge of the ribbing.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 and hdc evenly around the ribbing of the hat (75 sts)

Rnds 2-5: Hdc around (75 sts)

Rnd 6: [Hdc 23, dec] x3 (72 sts)

Rnd 7: Hdc around (72 sts)

Rnd 8: [Hdc 16, dec] x4 (68 sts)

Rnd 9: Hdc around (68 sts)

Rnd 10: [Hdc 15, dec] x4 (64 sts)

Rnd 11: Hdc around (64 sts)

Rnd 12: [Hdc 14, dec] x4 (60 sts)

Rnd 13: Hdc around (60 sts)

Rnd 14: [Hdc 13, dec] x4 (56 sts)

Rnd 15: Hdc around (56 sts)

Rnd 16: [Hdc 12, dec] x4 (52 sts)

Rnd 17: Hdc around (52 sts)

Rnd 18: [Hdc 11, dec] x4 (48 sts)

Rnd 19: Hdc around (48 sts)

Rnd 20: [Hdc 10, dec] x4 (44 sts)

Rnd 21: Hdc around (44 sts)

Rnd 22: [Hdc 9, dec] x4 (40 sts)

Rnd 23: Hdc around (40 sts)

Rnd 24: [Hdc 8, dec] x3 (36 sts)

Rnd 25: Hdc around (36 sts)

Rnd 26: [Hdc 7, dec] x4 (32 sts)

Rnd 27: Hdc around (32 sts)

Rnd 28: [Hdc 6, dec] x4 (28 sts)

Rnd 29: Hdc around (28 sts)

Rnd 30: [Hdc 5, dec] x4 (24 sts)

Rnd 31: Hdc around (24 sts)

Rnd 32: [hdc 4, dec] x4 (20 sts)

Rnd 33: Hdc around (20 sts)

Rnd 34: [Hdc 3, dec] x4 (16 sts)

Rnd 35: Hdc around (16 sts)

Rnd 36: [Hdc 2, dec] x4 (12 sts)

Rnd 37: Hdc around (12 sts)

Rnd 38: [Hdc 1, dec] x4 (8 sts)

Rnd 39: Hdc around (8 sts)

Rnd 40: Dec around (4 sts)

Tie off.

Add a pompom to the end. I made one using the Homespun yarn.

Then weave in ends, fold up the brim and you’re done!

Sizing Up or Down:

Sizing up or down is super easy. All you need to do is ensure the ribbing is the correct length for the size you want to make.

Here is a handy and comprehensive chart to help determine what length your ribbing should be. The number in the second column, “Hat Circumference” is the number you’ll use. Remember, your ribbing should be measured unstretched.

Once you have your correct ribbing length, you will join the short ends as normal and evenly crochet around it. Do a few rows. From here on out, simply decrease each row by 3 sts every other row. You can use the row numbers above as a guide.

That’s it! Enjoy!

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10 thoughts on “Santa Hat Free Crochet Pattern

  1. It is so cute, I have got to make one. I am working on crocheting a Christmas nativity, and earlier this year I made a fox. I love them all.

  2. I love this pattern. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    Two thoughts: You say to hdc the lower bring, but the ‘liney’ look in your pics implies a back-loop-only hdc. Minor distinction, works both ways, but if a reader wants that exact look use a BLOHDC 🙂

    Second- the ‘reduce by 3 every other row’ makes the hat pretty long if you have a giant head (I admit.. my brim came to around 88 rows unstretched!) I’m not 100% on a solution but my next attempt might include more reductions (still every other row, that worked well.)

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jordan! Just a heads up, the brim is not done in BLO for this one. The ridges you see naturally occur when working the HDC stitch through both loops.

  3. I made Santa’s hat very easy and fast done in 2 days. As I was making it , it looked so big like for a giants head. Lol. I have been making newborn and premee hats for our local hospital. A total of 150 so far. That’s why the adults hat looked so big. Thank you for sharing the santa hat pattern.

      1. Oh no 🙁 I’m supposed to chain one & go back the other way each time? I’ve just been going around in a circle. Help meeee :’(

  4. Such a cute pattern. Made one for myself. Was so fast and easy. I drive a school bus with 55 kiddos and I can’t wait to make this hat in multiple colors to hand out to all of my kids as a Christmas gift next year. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern.

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