Looking for a handmade item to make for that person that’s just hard to make for?? Why not a knit hat ornament for their tree!
Design Story and Inspiration for This Easy Knitted Ornament
I designed this pattern for the Holiday Maker’s Challenge, which is an eight week challenge designed to get you making for the holidays!
Each week of the challenge I sent out a different pattern that meets these criteria:
1. Works up quickly
2. Uses stash yarn
3. Is small enough to finish anywhere from an hour to a weekend
4. Is something most people would like to receive
So I designed this knit ornament pattern that would be great to give to anyone! One of my favorite ornaments on our tree is a crochet bell that my aunt made for me. She passed away several years ago and I always think of her with fond memories when I see her ornament.
Yarn Options for This Tiny Knit Hat
I chose fingering weight yarn with small knitting needles for this ornament, and you can see from the photo that it turned out just right for an ornament.
However, don’t feel like you have to stick to fingering weight yarn! I know a lot of knitters don’t have fingering weight lying around, and that’s okay!
If you want to use other yarn, just adjust your needle size. If you aren’t sure what size knitting needles to use, check the label on your yarn for a recommendation.
If your hat turns out larger than you would like on the tree, just use it as an embellishment on a gift. Small hats or mittens look amazing as present decorations!
Easy Knit Hat Ornament
Yarn: Leftover fingering weight yarn, this is Yarn Bee Authentic Hand Dyed Tonal, but any yarn will work (it will just affect the size of the ornament)
Needles: US Size 2 (2.75mm) or size appropriate for your yarn (check the yarn label for a recommendation if you are not sure)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors
This hat pattern is designed for straight knitting needles, but it can easily be worked in the round by changing the purl rows in the crown shaping to knit rounds.
Knit Hat Ornament Pattern
Cast on 32 stitches.
Work in K2p2 rib for 4 rows.
Body of hat
Work in St st for 12 rows.
Row 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end – 24 sts.
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *K, k2tog; rep from * to end – 16 sts.
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: (K2tog) around – 8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Use yarn needle to slip each of the remaining stitches onto yarn tail and pull tightly to close.
Use yarn tail and the mattress stitch to close seam in back.
Weave in ends, using one of the yarn tails as the hanger if desired, or use a metal hanger.
Final Thoughts on Our Easy Knit Hat Ornament
Super simple! I hope you enjoy making these tiny hats as much as I enjoyed designing the pattern! It’s fun to watch a project work up in just an hour or so.
If you can knit and purl you can make this easy ornament. You can decide if you want to work in the round or with straight needles. When I work in the round I like to use the magic loop, but I also design a lot of my patterns for flat knitting, since I remember a time before I knew how to knit in the round!