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Hanukkah Hats

Update, 1/19/16: We no longer carry the yarn I used for these hats. For a similar result, try Madelinetosh Vintage or our Loop Studio Plus.

My nephews are surprisingly appreciative of the knitted gifts I give them. At ages 3 and 5, I’d expect them to look past them in search of toy trains or cars. Instead, they immediately put them on, give me a big hug and a “thank you, Uncle Craig!”, then continue to wear them as they play with their toys.

This year I knit them hats. To avoid any conflicts, both hats are the same pattern, the same yarn, and the same color. The only difference is that one is slightly larger – I think the younger one has a larger head.

Hanukkah Hats

The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Denim. It’s super soft, beautifully dyed, and machine washable. The pattern is easy and works up quickly. And I knit both hats with just 1 skein.


Circumference – 16 (18) inches

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, 1 skein.
16 inch US #6 circular needle.
1 set of 5 DPNs size US #6.

5 sts = 1 inches in stockinette stitch in the round

CO 80 (88) stitches. Place marker and join in the round.

*K2, p2; repeat from * to end of round. Continue for 2 inches.

Switch to St st and knit all rounds for 2.5 inches.

Round 1 *K8 (K9), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 2 and all even rounds – Knit every stitch.

Round 3 *K7 (K8), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 5 *K6 (K7), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 7 *K5 (K6), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 9 *K4 (K5), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 11 *K3 (K4), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 13 *K2 (K3), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 15 *K1 (K2), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

For smaller size –
Round 16 * K2tog; repeat from * to end. 8 stitches remain.

For larger size –
Round 17 * K1, K2tog; repeat from * to end.

Round 18 * K2tog; repeat from * to end. 8 stitches remain.

Cut yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Using a tapestry needle, pull tail through remaining stitches, and to inside. Weave in ends.

21 thoughts on “Hanukkah Hats

  1. I’m a new reader to your blog and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the hat pattern and Happy Holidays!

    Columbia, SC

  2. Thanks, Calvin, and welcome! Glad you like the pattern. Happy Holidays to you too!

  3. hi im currently fighting custody my husbands son from first marriage and right cold in uk so he asked me knit hat well one ive never knit so i been learn and saw your blog just fantastic could you would you mind abbreviate needle size etc to english for me ty be real gratefull very easy pattern im going have try next week cant be that hard lol and practice makes perfect ty for posting this samantha

  4. It’s a size 4mm needle for the hats. Enjoy!

  5. Thanks for the good pattern! I’ve been looking for one to use with Samaritan’s Purse Christmas boxes. This will fit the bill nicely.

  6. What is the finished height of the hats? I always have issues when knitting hats that they are too short. Thanks in advance.

  7. Thank you for this nice and simple pattern! I just finished the hat and it’s so beautiful!

  8. Well done, Craig! The boys have a wonderful uncle!

  9. I appreciate the easy to knit patterns you share. I have made several hats following one of your patterns and will continue to do so. I am so very thankful. It’s a nice thing you do.

  10. hi Craig 🙂
    my name is Amie, i’m a beginner in knitting world
    can i make this hat only with circular needle?
    i don’t have DPN
    thanks 🙂

  11. It can be knit flat and then seamed. Just be sure to do the shaping on right side or knit rows.

  12. Thank you for this simple, quick pattern! I’d already finished knitting my nephew’s scarf, was finishing up all the gift wrapping for Christmas, and realized I’d forgotten to knit a hat to go with the scarf! Started it this morning, and now it’s wrapped up with his scarf! WHEW!

  13. This is a great pattern, love it! Wondering how to increase the pattern for bigger sizes? I made the smaller size, but realised after that it was too small for my three year old (i should have measured his head first!!) His head is 19.5inch. But i also want to use the same pattern for my husband and i, because its so simple and looks great. Can you please let me know how to increase…

  14. To make the hat larger, cast on 96 stitches. The first decrease round will be *K10, k2tog; rep from * to end. You can follow the rest of the pattern from there.

    For a bigger hat, you may want to knit a little longer before starting the decreases. Maybe 6 inches from the cast on edge.


  15. Hi
    Love your pattern, wanted to know at which point did you switch to dpn?

  16. Thank you! I almost always switch to dpn’s after the first decrease round.

  17. This hat is so great for homeless can just change needles and make more rows thanks

  18. Do you have to switch to dpn’s? Or can you complete on circular needle?

  19. Thank you and Chag Chanukah!

  20. Thank you, Beth!

  21. You’ll need dpn’s unless you’re using the Magic Loop technique.

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