Santa Christmas Hat Pattern and Creative Friday

I’ve been working on a little Santa Hat pattern this morning, it’s a very versatile little hat and can be used as a hanging decoration on your tree, a name tag or place tag at the Christmas table. It knits up in no time at all!

Here is the pattern:

Santa Christmas Hat Pattern©


Dk red merino yarn oddments

Dk white merino yarn oddments

Brushed mohair oddments

3.5 mm circular needles

Sewing needle




When you change the colours of the yarn for the stripes, make sure you carry the yarns up the beginning inside area of the row by twisting them so that when you need to change colours, they will be there to knit with.

Cast on 20 stitches and join for knitting in the round.

Rounds 1-4: Knit 4 rounds of stocking stitch in brushed white mohair for the fluffy rim of the hat (knit a round then purl a round and repeat both again)

Rounds 5-8: Join the red yarn and knit 4 rounds in red.

Round 9-12: Tie on the beige merino yarn and knit carrying the red yarn up each round. Remember to carry the red yarn up the inside of the hat by twisting it around the beige each time you reach the end of the round and visa-versa with the other rounds.

Round 13: Knit (red)

Round 14: (Knit 1, knit 2 tog) across the round, knit 2 on the end (14 stitches) red

Round 15: Knit, red

Round 16: (Knit 1, knit 2 tog) across  the round, knit 2 on the end (10 stitches) red

Round 17: Knit, red

Round 18: Knit in beige yarn.

Round 19: Knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit 2, knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit 2. (8 stitches)beige

Round 20: Knit, beige

Round 21: Knit, beige

Round 22: Knit, red

Round 23: Knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit 1, knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit 1 (6 stitches)red

Round 24: Knit1, knit 2 tog, knit 1, knit 2 tog (4 stitches)red

Round 25: Knit 2 tog, knit 2 tog (2 stitches)red

Bind off by cutting the yarn and threading it onto a needle, thread the needle through the 2 remaining stitches, pull tight.

Sew in all ends, I used two of the strands from sewing up and tied them into a bow on the top of the hat.

Happy knitting!

Welcome to Creative Friday

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A Little Knitted Snowman Pattern for Christmas

Today started off at 6:30am, Kye was ready to get up and so our day began. I gave him breakfast, (everyone else slept until much later) fed the chickens who were waiting at the front door and loaded the dishwasher. I wanted to knit a small project today and so I decided on a teeny snowman as a hanging ornament for the Christmas tree. He is about 2.5 inches altogether and then there is the little loop to hang him with which isn’t included in that measurement.

I still can’t get over the fact that Christmas is going to be here so soon! It’s like this whole year has just sped by at warp speed and then it will be 2013!

Every morning I check the newspaper to see what’s been happening over in the US, the photos are grim, so much water and flooding, my heart really goes out to everyone who is there experiencing this catastrophe.

I have a little pattern to share today, a small knitted snowman, he is perfect for hanging on your tree, or as a gift tag or place tag for the table etc…

Abbreviations: kfb: knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase.


3.5 mm circular needles

dk beige yarn

dk red yarn for the scart

dk black yar for the hat

black fleece for the eyes

orange fleece for the carrot nose

felting needle

sewing needle

fleece for stuffing

Pattern for the Snowman:

With 3.5mm circular needles cast on 6 stitches and join for knitting in the round.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Kfb into each stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: Kfb into each stitch (24 stitches)

Rounds 5-9: Knit

Round 10: (Knit 2 stitches together) across the round. (12 stitches)

Round 11: Knit

Round 12: (Knit1, knit 2 together) across the round. (8 stitches)

Round 13: Kfb into each stitch across the round (16 stitches)

Start putting your stuffing into the snowman, make sure he is firmly stuffed.

Rounds 14-15: Knit

Round 16: (Knit 2 together) across the round (8 stitches)

Round 17: Knit

Stuff the head firmly, break the yarn and thread it onto your sewing needle. Thread the needle through the stitches, stuff the head more until it is full of stuffing and then pull the yarn tightly and finish off.

Snowman’s Hat:

Cast on 10 stitches with black dk yarn and 3.5 mm circular needles.

Rounds 1-4: Knit

Round 5: (Knit 2 together) across the round (5 stitches)

Round 6: Knit

Round 7: Knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together (3 stitches)

Cut yarn, thread yarn onto the needle, thread the needle through the remaining stitches and pull tight, finish off.


Sew the hat onto the top of the snowman’s head and add a loop at the top of his hat.

Needle felt on two little black eyes and an orange carrot nose.


The scarf is knitted as an i-cord. Cast on 2 stitches with double pointed needles and knit until your scarf is about  4 inches long, mabey shorter.

Bind off, sew in the ends.

Sew the scarf onto the snowman.

Sew in all ends:)

Happy knitting! :)


I’ve Got Mail!

I have email again!

After a week of very limited email, I installed Outlook on my computer today and imported my contacts and all my folders and messages from the old mail programme that crashed. I am so grateful that I was able to do this easily after thinking all was lost!

I am very excited to share the latest rectangles with you that have arrived from overseas. Thank you all so much, it was such a wonderful surprise to collect all the parcels from the post office on Friday. We are going to start sewing the blanket together now, piece by piece. Thank you to a lovely friend Anna for gifting us with a copy of her most recent publication, I am sure my little ones will enjoy reading it.

We have been having a profound amount of rain here, sometimes two or three thunderstorms a day. Our garden is flourishing, I have never seen it so full of growth and beauty. These flowers have sprouted and I have no idea what they are but they are so pretty and multiply continuously.


Our new granadilla vine has started producing fruit as well, we can’t wait for these to ripen.

I love this crochet flower, it was a birthday gift sent to me from dear Jenni, I have it on my car keys and it makes me happy each time I see it, such lovely handmade goodness, thank you:)

PS Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments in the last post about my shawl. When I was still in the planning stages, I wasn’t too sure about the colours, I am not much of an extrovert and tend to shy away from anything bright or bold. Knitting in these colours definitely moved me past my comfort zone and I am so happy I tried something new because I really love how it turned out! xo

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