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Faux Fur Santa Hat

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This is my favourite Santa hat.  A wide brim knit up in this faux fur yarn gives it a perfect vintage Santa stocking hat look. 

The faux fur yarn is from Loops and Threads (found at Michaels). I bought this one a couple years ago in the colour ‘Black/White’. I really liked it because it was black on the bottom and white on the top making it look realistic when you knit it up, and also like Santa has been down a few chimneys. There is a similar colour out this year called ‘Black Print’. The colours ‘Grey Print’ or ‘Ivory’ would also work well. The fur yarn can sometimes be a little difficult to knit with because you can’t see the stitches, but the needle slides nicely through the soft loops and you can feel through the fur to count rounds.

I used Cascade 128, my favourite superwash bulky wool, for the main part of the stocking hat.  The Ruby colour is a beautiful deep red, perfect for Santa.

The hat is topped with a fluffy knitted ball ‘pompom’.  I wanted my faux fur pompom on the end to match the brim, this was the best way to turn this yarn into the perfect pom.

I’ve written this in sizes for the whole family. Imagine the family photos, outside in the snow or sitting by the tree in your Christmas jammies. I also use one of these hats a topper on my Christmas tree and it looks awesome. 

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Happy Holidays!!

The Pattern


Baby(Toddler, Kids S/M, Kids L, Adult)

Approximate measurements:

Baby – 16″ (40.5 cm)

Toddler – 18.5″ (47 cm)

Kids S/M – 20″ (51 cm)

Kids L – 21.5″ (54.5 cm)

Adult – 24″ (61 cm)


MC – Bulky weight (5) wool yarn in red – 128 yards

CC – Super Bulky (6) Faux Fur yarn in white/black – 35 yards

For this hat I used:

MC – Cascade 128 Superwash Merino Wool Bulky (5) Colour – Ruby

CC – Loops & Threads Fur Yarn Super Bulky (6) Colour – Black/White


4″ = 14 stitches in stocking stitch in MC using US10 (6mm) needles

Needles and  Tools

US 10 (6 mm) 16″ Circular Knitting Needle

US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 16″ Circular Knitting Needle

Set of US 10 (6 mm) Double Point Needles (DPNs)

Set of US 10.5 (6.5 mm) Double Point Needles (DPNs)

Stitch Marker

Darning Needle


CC – Contrast Colour

CO – Cast On

DPNs – Double point needles

K2tog – Decrease 1 by knitting the next 2 stitches together

KFB – Increase 1 by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch

MC – Main Colour



CO 32, (36, 38, 40, 44) with CC (faux fur yarn) on size 10.5 circular needle

Knit to end, place marker and join round

Knit 8 (9, 10, 12, 14) more rounds

Switch to MC (red) and size US10 circular needle

First Increase round: [K1, KFB] repeat to end

Second Increase round (last 4 sizes ONLY – for smallest size start main hat rounds)

[xx(K26, K18, K14, K10), KFB] repeat to end

You now have 48, 56, 60, 64, 72 stitches

Main Hat

Knit 12 (12, 14, 16, 18) rounds

Decrease Rounds – switch to size US10 DPNs when needed

[K10 (K12, K13, K14, K16), K2tog] repeat to end

Knit 1 round

[K9 (K11, K12, K13, K15), K2tog] repeat to end

Knit 2 rounds

[K8 (K10, K11, K12, K14), K2tog] repeat to end

Knit 3 rounds

[K7 (K9, K10, K11, K13), K2tog] repeat to end

Knit 4 rounds

Continue decreasing in 4 sections followed by 4 knit rounds until 12 stitches remain

Knit 4 rounds

K2tog – repeat to end

Cut the yarn. Using a darning needle run the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the center. Weave in loose ends.

Wash the wool part of the hat keeping the fur rim out of the water the best you can (it’s ok if it gets a little wet but will hold up better if you only surface clean). Lay to dry.

Faux Fur Knit Ball (pompom)

Using CC and US10.5 (6.5mm) DPNs

CO 3 leaving an tail approximately 7″

KFBx3 – split these 6 stitches onto 3 DPNs, join round

Knit 1 round


Knit 1 round

[K1, KFB] repeat to end

Knit 2 rounds

[K1, K2tog] repeat to end

Knit 1 round

K2tog – repeat to end

Cut yarn and run through the remaining stitches with a darning needle. Weave the loose end down one side and back up again (you’ll have to feel for the stitches) then run the remaining yarn into the ball pompom for light stuffing.  You can use a little bit of polyfil for a fuller look.

Use the cast on tail to attach the pompom to the hat. Sew a few stitches firmly to the top. Weave the loose end down the pompom and back again, run the remaining yarn into the ball for stuffing.

© 2021 Heather Pelletier – Handknit Hugs
This pattern is for personal, non-commercial use only.
Do not copy, re-distribute or sell this pattern either in whole or in part.
You may sell products made from this pattern – credit would be appreciated.

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