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Crochet a Santa hat for a Christmas tree ornament.

Crochet Santa hat makes quick ornament

My cohort with Crafty Living, Lara Neel, came to me with a super cute ornament she made. A knit Santa hat draped on a clear Christmas ornament; perfect to translate into a crochet pattern, I thought.

And it was. This came together super fast. From the minute I set hook to yarn, to when I attached the pompom was less than an hour, and that included writing the pattern.

I thought I'd need the larger-size plastic craft ornament but when I put my crocheted hat on it, I didn't like how it looked. So, I went with the medium-sized ornament.

Of course, you could use any color ornament, it doesn't have to be the clear plastic ones.

What you'll need:

•Small amounts of red and white yarn (I used Red Heart's holiday yarn with the silver fiber running through it)

•Size G crochet hook (or size needed to obtain size hat you want)

•Plastic craft ornament or ball ornament of your choosing

•Piece of cardboard or pompom maker

•Darning needle


What you do:

First, the pattern to crochet the hat.

Note: Chain 3 counts as first double crochet throughout

With red, Chain 3 and 6 double crochet in third chain from hook. Join with a slip stitch to the first DC

Rnd. 2: Chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch. 2 DC in each stitch around (12 stitches). Join with slip stitch to third chain in ch3

Rnd 3: Chain 3, *2 DC in next stitch, 1DC in next (repeat from * around) (18 stitches). Join with slip stitch to ch3;

Rnd 4: Chain 3, DC around (18 stitches). Join with slip stitch to ch3;

Rnd 5: Chain 3, DC in next stitch, *2 DC in next stitch, DC in next two stitches (repeat from * around) (24 stitches). Join with slip stitch to ch3;

Rnd 6: Chain 3, DC in next two stitches, 2 DC in next stitch, DC in next 3 stitches (repeat from * around) (30 stitches). Join with slip stitch to ch3;

Rnd 7: Chain 3, DC around (30 stitches). Join with slip stitch to ch3;

Rnd 8: Chain 3, DC in next three stitches, *2 DC in next stitch, DC in next 4 stitches (repeat from * around) (36 stitches). Join with slip stitch to ch3;

Rnd 9-10: DC around (36 stitches each round). Join with slip stitch to chain 3 each time. Break red yarn.

Join white yarn with slip stitch, chain 2 (to count as first half-double) and half double crochet in each stitch, joining in chain 2 at end of each round. Break off yarn. Weave in ends


If you are fortunate enough to own pompom makers in different sizes, by all means use that. Otherwise, I made a pompom with one-inch strands. To do this, I looked up how to make a pompom and came across a tutorial on

Basically, you cut a piece of cardboard twice the length of the size of pompom you want to make. In this case, I cut the cardboard to 2 inches. Then, fold it in half and wrap the white yarn around it. How many times you do it is up to you. I did 70 wraps and I think it could've used more. Then, take an extra length of yarn, pull it between the folded cardboard and slide it to the open end of the cardboard. Tie it in a knot around the wrapped yarn and cut the yarn at the other end. Slide the tied yarn to the middle of the strands of yarn, tighten and shake out the pompom. At this point, if some ends are longer than others, you can trim them.

When all that is done, attach the pompom to the top of the hat. Because crochet doesn't drape as well as knitting, I decided to tack the end of the hat down to the back just above where the white starts. Then, slide the hat onto the plastic ornament and pull the ornament string through the stitches on the hat. This was a great idea by Lara because it keeps the hat on the ornament without having to glue it down.

If the ornament you bought doesn't have string, you can always buy some silver or gold cord or ribbon and knot it onto the loop of the ball then bring it through the stitches. Voilá, Christmas ornament in under an hour.

Joyce McCartney is not a craft expert. She is, however, interested in crafting of all types. She shares her experiences and those of area crafters. To reach her, call 461-8364 or email Also, visit her blog at There, you will also find the weekly knitting podcast Math4Knitters.