Santa Hat

Santa Hat

DECEMBER 3, 2018

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After designing my Santa Beanie and my Candy Cane Hat, I decided that I needed a traditional Santa hat. My husband and I are surprising our kids with a trip to Disney in a couple weeks and I'm hoping to have one of these hats for each of us to wear for our photo in front of Cinderella's castle. I'm planning to make each hat in a different color so I'll share photos as I finish them. Please tag me on Instagram or Facebook  if you make your own!

If you like my Santa Hat, be sure to check out my Elf Hat, too!
crochet elf hat pattern

Scroll to the end of this post for even more free Christmas patterns.

- Crochet Hook: I 5.5 mm (I love these Clover hooks!) or hook needed to obtain gauge


- extra large pom pom maker
-hot melt adhesive
tapestry needles
- stitch markers
- Yarn: worsted weight in red and white (just a scrap) and super bulky in white

CLICK HERE to watch my Santa Hat Tutorial
santa hat crochet pattern tutorial

Toddler, Child & Teen/Adult

15 dc= 4" and 10 rows= 4"

-you are crocheting in the round

-hat is worked from the top down

-the ch 2 at the beginning of each round never counts as your first stitch

CLICK HERE to visit my Basic Beanie pattern for more information on how I size my hats.

ch- chain

dc- double crochet

rnd- round

rnds- rounds

st- stitches

sts- stitches

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: red 

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: chain 3, make 8 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join in the round [8]

Rnd 2: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join [12]

Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in each st, join [12]

Rnd 4: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join [16]

Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in each st, join [16]

Rnd 6: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 3 sts*, join [20]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc in each st, join [20]

Rnd 8: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 4 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc in each st, join [24]

Rnd 10: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 5 sts*, join [28]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc in each st, join [28]

Rnd 12: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 6 sts*, join [32]

Rnd 13: ch 2, dc in each st, join [32]

Rnd 14: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 7 sts*, join [36]

Rnd 15: ch 2, dc in each st, join [36]

Rnd 16: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 8 sts*, join [40]

Rnd 17: ch 2, dc in each st, join [40]

Rnd 18: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 9 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 19: ch 2, dc in each st, join [44]

Rnd 20: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 21: ch 2, dc in each st, join [48]

Rnd 22: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 23: ch 2, dc in each st, join [52]

Rnd 24: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 25: ch 2, dc in each st, join [56]

Rnd 26: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnds 27- 40: ch 2, dc in each st, join [60]

free santa hat crochet pattern

Switch to white yarn.

free santa hat crochet pattern

Rnds 41- 43: ch 2, dc in each st, join [60]

free santa hat crochet pattern

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: red 

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: chain 3, make 8 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join in the round [8]

Rnd 2: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join [12]

Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in each st, join [12]

Rnd 4: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join [16]

Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in each st, join [16]

Rnd 6: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 3 sts*, join [20]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc in each st, join [20]

Rnd 8: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 4 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc in each st, join [24]

Rnd 10: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 5 sts*, join [28]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc in each st, join [28]

Rnd 12: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 6 sts*, join [32]

Rnd 13: ch 2, dc in each st, join [32]

Rnd 14: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 7 sts*, join [36]

Rnd 15: ch 2, dc in each st, join [36]

Rnd 16: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 8 sts*, join [40]

Rnd 17: ch 2, dc in each st, join [40]

Rnd 18: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 9 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 19: ch 2, dc in each st, join [44]

Rnd 20: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 21: ch 2, dc in each st, join [48]

Rnd 22: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 23: ch 2, dc in each st, join [52]

Rnd 24: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 25: ch 2, dc in each st, join [56]

Rnd 26: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnd 27: ch 2, dc in each st, join [60]

Rnd 28: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 14 sts*, join [64]

Rnds 29- 43: ch 2, dc in each st, join [64]

free santa hat crochet pattern

Switch to white yarn.

free santa hat crochet pattern

Rnds 44- 46: ch 2, dc in each st, join [64]

free santa hat crochet pattern

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: red 

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: chain 3, make 8 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join in the round [8]

Rnd 2: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join [12]

Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in each st, join [12]

Rnd 4: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join [16]

Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in each st, join [16]

Rnd 6: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 3 sts*, join [20]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc in each st, join [20]

Rnd 8: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 4 sts*, join [24]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc in each st, join [24]

Rnd 10: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 5 sts*, join [28]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc in each st, join [28]

Rnd 12: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 6 sts*, join [32]

Rnd 13: ch 2, dc in each st, join [32]

Rnd 14: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 7 sts*, join [36]

Rnd 15: ch 2, dc in each st, join [36]

Rnd 16: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 8 sts*, join [40]

Rnd 17: ch 2, dc in each st, join [40]

Rnd 18: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 9 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 19: ch 2, dc in each st, join [44]

Rnd 20: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 21: ch 2, dc in each st, join [48]

Rnd 22: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 23: ch 2, dc in each st, join [52]

Rnd 24: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 25: ch 2, dc in each st, join [56]

Rnd 26: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnd 27: ch 2, dc in each st, join [60]

Rnd 28: ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 14 sts*, join [64]

Rnd 29: ch 2, dc in each st, join [64]

Rnd 30:  ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 15 sts*, join [68]

Rnds 31- 48: ch 2, dc in each st, join [68]

free santa hat crochet pattern

Switch to white yarn.

free santa hat crochet pattern

Rnds 49- 51: ch 2, dc in each st, join [68]

free santa hat crochet pattern

Tool: extra large pom pom maker
Yarn: white

free santa hat crochet pattern

Firmly and evenly wind your white yarn around each set of arches. After the first set of arches, close them and then wind your yarn around the second set. 

free santa hat crochet pattern

free santa hat crochet pattern

Cut the yarn between each set of arches. free santa hat crochet pattern

Use your scrap piece of white yarn to tie the pom pom in place. I recommend you double/triple knot it.

free santa hat crochet pattern

Carefully open the arches.

free santa hat crochet pattern

Use a hot melt adhesive to place a dab of glue in the center of the pom pom. This will help prevent it from unraveling.

free santa hat crochet pattern

Fluff your pom pom and trim any long ends.

Use a tapestry needle to attach your pom pom to the top of your hat.

free santa hat crochet pattern

I hope you like my pattern! Please tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you make your own. I'd love to see your creations!

Christmas Blanket

Elf on the Shelf

Candy Cane Hat

Santa Beanie

Let it Snow Blanket

Elf Hat


All pictures and patterns are copyright to Melissa Hassler. You have my permission to make and sell products from my patterns but please link back to this post. You may not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. You may not re-publish photos and claim them as your own.

Comments 23

  1. I’m confused on the adult Santa hat rd 2 says 12 and so does rd 3. Does this mean 12 total stiches on the end if each if these rounds?

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      Hi Mary Ann! Yes, you will have 12 stitches at the end of rounds 2 and round 3. You are alternating between a round where you increase and a round where there are no increases. If you look at the next few rounds you will see that at the end of rounds 4 and 5, you will have 16 stitches. At the end of rounds 6 and 7, you will have 20 stitches. Let me know if you have any questions. -Melissa

    2. Een vraag,ik wil de rode kerstmuts voor mijn kleindochter voor kerst haken maar ze is jl 17 okt. Geboren.heeft u daar ook de maat van.

  2. Hey Melissa! I love the pattern. Because myself and people in my family have big heads lol which round would I increase at?

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      Thank you, Jessica! To increase the size of the adult hat you can increase again at round 31 (*2 dc, dc in next 16 sts*). This would give you a total of 72 stitches instead of 68.

      If you want to make it even larger, make sure you have a round of dc (no increasing) before your next increase. So, round 32 you would just dc in each st and then for round 33 you increase again (*2 dc, dc in next 17 sts*). This would leave you with 76 sts. I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions. -Melissa

  3. I have a novice question. I’ve only ever crocheted blankets and scarves, but I REALLY want to try this hat. Can you explain what “*2 dc, dc in next 16 sts*” means? Am I doing 2 double crochets in the first stitch and 1 double crochet in the next 16 stitches (I just used this one row as an example)?

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      Hi Laura! Yes, you are correct. The instructions between the two asterisks (*) should be repeated for the remainder of that round. So, you would make 2 double crochets in the first stitch, double crochet once in the next 16 stitches and repeat that pattern of 2 dc and dc in 16 for the remainder of the round. Hope this helps!

  4. Hello! I want to make a bunch of these for my family. Can you tell me how tall and wide the adult hat should be when finished? I’ve been following your instructions, but it feels like it is massive!

  5. In rows 4 and 5, your stitch count is off. Should be 18 instead of 16. This also throws off the rest of the following rows by 2.

  6. This pattern is great! Very easy to follow instructions. I made a few for Christmas gifts this year. Thanks so much for the pattern!

  7. I made the child hat today. It was way to big for an 8year old. If I skip the rounds 26 thru 28 just those extra rounds brings it down to the proper size. Other than that, super easy pattern. Works up fast. Thank you for sharing it. Love it!

  8. Hi! I am using a #4 worsted weight yarn and making an adult sized hat. I just got to row 30 and noticed there are still 18 more rows of red. Is the santa hat supposed to be very long? Or can I stop at a length that is appropriate for my project? Thank you!

  9. I stumbled onto your site today. Boy am I happy that I did! Thank you for all of the wonderful things for children and teens that you have furnished patterns to the world. I for one am going to use several of these to make presents for my great-grandchildren and grandchildren this year. I have five great-grands and young grandchildren. Four of my grandchildren are the grown, but I still want to be able to make something for them and my other adult family members. Needless to say, I need to start now and you have certainly made this an excited, fun project for the next several months. Thank you again.

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