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.
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Knit Stocking Cap Ornament Pattern
Skill level: easy
1 pack Lion Brand Yarn Bonbons in Beach, which comes with 8 mini skeins. – You need less than a skein of purple and yellow to complete the ornament.
size US 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles
fork or small pom pom maker
sewing needle & thread
Abbreviations & Terms
CO – cast on
sts – stitches
rnd – round rep from * – repeat the instructions following the asterisk as directed
(Y rnds) – Y indicates the number of times to repeat the round
ssk – slip one st as if to knit, slip one as if to purl, k2 sts together through the back loop
(X sts) – X indicates the number of sts that will now be on your needle
Gauge & dimensions: 22 sts & 28 rows over 4 inches, knit in stockinette stitch. The hat measures approximately 5” in circumference and 2.25” from cast on edge to bind off tip.
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CO 32 sts in purple, join into rnd.
rnds 1-6. *k2, p2; rep from * 8 times. (6 rnds)
rnds 7-14. k 32. (8 rnds)
rnd 15. *k2, ssk; rep from * 8 times. (24 sts)
rnd 16. k 24. rnd 17. *k1, ssk; rep from * 8 times. (16 sts)
rnd 18. k 16. rnd 19. ssk 8 times. (8 sts)
Break yarn & draw tail through remaining loops to secure. Make a tiny pom pom in a contrasting color and attach it to the top of the hat. Weave in all ends. Using a needle & thread, sew a scrap of ribbon to the back of your finished ornament to hang.
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. Years on, 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.