Eep! This little stocking cap is so cute – I love it! It’s also the fourth ornament in our 12 ornaments of Christmas series, joining the ranks of a knit present, heart and star. This hat can easily double as a doll hat or be knit to top a bottle-shaped Christmas gift (the best kind, right?). I think my favorite part of this adorable little hat is that it’s literally just a tiny hat – I would absolutely wear this colorful beanie any time had I made it human-sized.
Knit Stocking Cap Ornament Pattern
US size 3 knitting needles (circulars or DPNs)
tapestry needle or size F crochet hook
Lion Brand Bonbons in Beach – 1 mini skein in purple, plus some yellow scrap yarn
poly-fil (polyester fiber fill, a.k.a. stuffing) – optional
pompom maker or a fork
Gauge & dimensions: 5.25 sts & 8 rows per inch, knit in stockinette stitch and wet blocked. The hat measures approximately 5 inches in circumference and 2.25 inches from cast on edge to bind off tip.
CO – cast on
sts – stitches
rnd – round
(X sts) – X indicates the number of sts that will now be on your needle
(Y rows) – Y indicates the number of times to repeat the round
WS – wrong side
sl – slip stitch as if to purl
p – purl
RS – right side
k – knit
ssk – slip one st as if to k, slip one as if to purl, knit 2 sts together
CO 32 sts, join into rnd.
1-6. k2, p2 around. (6 rnds)
7-14. k around (8 rnds)
15. k2, ssk around. (24 sts)
16. k around.
17. k2, ssk around. (16 sts)
18. k around.
19. k1, ssk around. (8 sts)
Break yarn & draw tail through remaining loops. Make a tiny pom pom in a contrasting color and attach it to the top of the hat. Weave in all ends.
Optional – stuff the hat
If you’d like to stuff the hat, you can use poly-fil. You can also knit or crochet a circle to sew across the bottom of the hat, but I filled mine with poly-fil without a plug. I’ve had my hat hanging on my ornament display at home for a week now, and the poly-fil has yet to fall out on its own.
Don’t forget! If you make this or any other of the 12 ornaments of Christmas, you can share them on social media using #handsoccupiedhohoho! Social media not your thing? Check out the Ravelry thread I started in the Hands Occupied group if you’d like to share them there.