Santa Baby Hat and Mitten Set

This month I have another baby knitting pattern to share. I have two co-workers having babies at the end of November, and I thought a Santa set would be perfect. The red yarn I used is Lion’s Brand Feels Like Butta in red (for a girl, try Feels Like Butta in pink) and the white is Lion’s Brand Nap Time in white. This was my first time using Nap time, and I love it. It has the feel of a bulky, soft chenille, but is thin and can be knit using small needles. The only warning I have is that if you use Nap Time yarn to make the pom pom of the hat, it can get a little messy with fly aways (it is chenille after all). The fix I found was to cut the pom pom over a table to catch all the debris. Give the pom pom a few shakes, and it should be good to go.

The pattern is knit on straight needles (I still cannot figure out how to knit using four needles), so there is a seam, but I hid it by folding over the tip of the hat. I added a stitch to connect the tip of the hat to the side, which keeps the seam hidden nicely. The key to making this hat work is the gradual decreases of every K row, which takes many rows of knitting to achieve. Once I figured that out, it was smooth sailing. You can increase or decrease the size of the hat to fit any size baby, just keep the stitches even.

To finish the thumbless mittens, you can tie the them with green or red ribbon to keep the festive spirit of the set, or you can use pink or blue ribbon for a girl or boy. I found 1/8″ ribbon works perfectly in the small eyelet holes. Hope you enjoy and keep knitting!

Santa Baby Hat
Size US 6 straight knitting needles
White baby yarn (I used Lion’s Brand Naptime in white)
Red baby yarn (I used Lion’s Brand Feels Like Butta in red)
Pom pom maker and ruler to measure your knitting
Tapestry needle to sew seam

Using size US 6 knitting needles, cast on 50 stitches using white baby yarn. Work in ribbing (K1, P1) for 1 inch. Cut white baby yarn, leaving enough yarn to sew seam. Then, attach red baby yarn and knit in the stockinette stitch (K row, P row) until piece measures 4 inches.

For the first row of decrease, start by K2 together, then knit the rest of the row until the last two stitches and K2 together to end row. For all even rows, P entire row with no decrease. Continue knitting first two stitches and last two stitches together of every K row until you are left with four stitches on your needle. This will give you the gradual point of a Santa hat. Cut yarn, leaving enough yarn to sew seam. Gather stitches on tapestry needle and sew seam.

This is what it should look like before you gather the stitches (pictured using Feels like Butta in pink).
Seam
Seam gone!

Using pom pom maker and white baby yarn, make a fluffy pom pom for the top of the hat. Then, using the tapestry needle, sew the tip of the hat down to hide seam.

Bring thread up from inside hat.
Then bring needle through a stitch at the top of the hat.
Then bring back through to the inside of that hat and knot thread to secure.

Santa Baby Thumbless Mittens
Size US 6 straight knitting needles
White baby yarn (I used Lion’s Brand Naptime in white)
Red baby yarn (I used Lion’s Brand Feels Like Butta in red)
Tapestry needle to sew seam
1/8” Ribbon

Begin using size US 6 knitting needles and cast on 30 stitches. Work in ribbing (K1, P1) for 10 rows.
To make eyelet for ribbon, K1, *yo, k2 together. Repeat from * ending with K1.
Work in ribbing for another 4 rows. Then cut off white baby yarn, leaving enough yarn to sew seam. Attach red baby yarn.
Work in stockinette stitch (K row, P row) for 2 inches.

Then decrease mitten as follows:
K2 together across row
P row
K2 together across row, ending with K1
P row
K2 together across row, ending with 4 stitches. Cut yarn, leaving enough tail to sew seam. Gather stitches on tapestry needle and sew seam.
Weave ribbon into eyelet holes and tie into a bow.

Lion’s Brand Nap Time in white with Feels Like Butta in Pink with green ribbon.
Lion’s Brand Nap Time in white with Feels Like Butta in Pink with red ribbon

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