On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer…

The snow is coming and going and it seems like the weather doesn’t know if it wants to be spring or winter. I’m hoping and dreaming of spring! So hopefully Mother Nature gets with the program soon. However, if it stays cold outside, then that means we have even more excuses to stay inside to knit where it’s cozy and warm. And, nothing says cozy and warm quite like a hand knitted hat! Even though Christmas is over, I wanted to share our last few knitting and crocheting patterns from our Christmas line.

 

Wait a minute – did I just say crocheting…? Yes, I sure did, and I know what you’re thinking, “I thought this was a quality knit site! I didn’t come here for this crocheting business!”. Well, believe it or not, I first learned how to crochet before I ever picked up a set of knitting needles. That’s right, I’m craft-bid-dextrous: skilled in both crocheting and knitting. It’s a new word and I just made it up! Take that urban dictionary.

So! Using my awesome skills in both crocheting and knitting, I made both our reindeer and Santa baby hats; the last three hat patterns in our Christmas line. Without further adieu, I give you: Both versions of our reindeer hats! To make this post not as long, I’ll include the Santa Baby bearded beanie hat in its own blog. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much awesome all in one post! We hope you enjoy these Reindeer hats as much as we do 🙂

Reindeer Games Hats:

I made two versions of this hat for a baby boy and a baby girl. The “boy” version included a Rudolph red nose, and the “girl” version included a poinsettia and holly leaf flower crown with jingle bells, because who doesn’t like a good ol’ flower crown? I mean c’mon, I could put a flower crown on everything and it would go from normal to super cute in 2.1 seconds flat! The main body of our reindeer games hat comes from a pattern that I use regularly. You’ll even see the full pattern in future hats soon (maybe… Easter?). I like this pattern as a hat body because of the brimmed look at the beginning. The brimmed look sort of looks like a rolled brim pattern, but without the roll. This makes the brim lay flatter, which I like better than a bulkier rolled brim. This pattern comes from Little Miss Stitcher on blogspot.com.

 

Here you can find a link to the pattern which also includes a crochet version of the hat, for all my craft-bid-dextrous people out there 🙂 (can I get a whoop, whoop?!): http://little-miss-stitcher.blogspot.com/2015/03/infant-knit-bunny-hat-free-pattern.html

 

After getting the body of the hat complete, I found a bunch of different patterns to follow for knitting the additional attachments to the hat. For the antlers and ears of both the reindeer hats, I used a pattern from All Free Knitting, which is an awesome knitting site that is full of patterns, helpful videos, eBooks, and even knitting supplies and yarns. I could spend hours on this site and their patterns are easy to follow and super, super cute.

Here you can find the link to the pattern I used for ears and antlers on both of the reindeer hats: https://www.allfreeknitting.com/Baby-Knit-Hats/Tiny-Reindeer-Hat-Knitting-Pattern. I also used this pattern to create the “Rudolph” nose on the boy version of our reindeer hat.

 

 

Finally, the other additions I created for the girl version of our reindeer hat came from two different links.

For the poinsettia flower, I used a video from Laura at Happy Berry Crochet.

Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHZivSXuEyM

And here is an additional link to the pattern on her site: https://www.happyberry.co.uk/free-crochet-pattern/Mini-Poinsettia/5218/. — Her patterns are free, but there is a donation suggestion included on her site so she can keep her patterns free for all. I donated 4 dollars since this is a pattern I can get a lot of use out of for decorations and additions. Her patterns are super simple to follow and often come with a video tutorial as well to help with any confusion while you crochet.

The holly leaves included on the hat came from a pattern I found on the Attic24 blog.

Here you can find the link to the holly leaf: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/holly-leaves.html. The pattern was a little tricky, but there were helpful picture guides to follow for each step of the pattern.

 

 

 

 

Even though these hats had multiple parts and took a lot of time to make all the details, they were very fun to make and were very festive for the holidays. I would say if you are skilled in crochet and knitting and are comfortable reading multiple patterns, you could easily make these hats on your own! I would rank the combination of these patterns as an intermediate to advanced level, but if you’re feeling ambitious, anyone could give it a try!

As always, feel free to contact us at support.knittwit.com if you have any questions about these patterns. We’d love to help any knitter, or crafts-bid-dextrous person ;), no matter the time, place, or skill level.

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