Hanukkah Hats

by Craig on December 1, 2011


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.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Calvin December 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

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

Columbia, SC

Craig December 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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

hi January 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm

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

Craig January 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

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

Nancy November 1, 2014 at 11:34 am

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.

Sherry Davis December 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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

Tanja January 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

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

Connie January 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm

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

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