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Fuzzy and Festive Knit Christmas Hat with Crochet Holly and Button Berry Adornment

I've made a Christmas hat. It's very luxurous with soft and chunky Charisma yarn worked with faux fur eyelash yarn.  And it certainly is festive, in bright Christmas red with a fur band of snow white, adorned with crochet holly leaves and a berry button.

It's hard to tell in the photos but the ribbed portion around the face is doubled back so it will keep your ears extra warm.  So that it's not tickly, and so that it fits nice and snug, the inner portion of the rib is worked without the faux fur yarn.

I decided to tack the fold back in a few places just to keep the white banding consistent, and I've tacked all around the holly leaves to keep them flat after stitching them on securely so that they won't become misshapen.

If you want to make your own these are the basic instructions I used - a variation of my standard simple hat pattern - with directions for small, medium and large.  I used Charisma yarn, but you can use any bulky choice, or two strands of worsted.

With 8.0 mm needles,  colour A and faux fur yarn, cast on 44 (48, 52) stitches.  Work K1, P1 rib for 8 (9, 10) rows.  Cut and tie off faux fur yarn.

Continuing with just the bulky yarn work in rib for 7(8, 9) rows (this is the underneath part when you fold back the rib).

Switch to 9.0 mm needles and colour B with the faux fur yarn.   Work in stocking stitch for 14 (16, 18) rows.   Decrease by knitting 2 together across, purl a row, knit 2 across, purl a row until you have 6 or 7 stitches left.  Cut yarn leaving enough to sew up seam.  Thread needle through remaining stitches, gather and stitch up seam to the ribbing.  With matching wool, join the seam for the rib, and your hat is ready.

For the holly leaves I used this method from Attic24 after experimenting with a few variations, but you can let your imagination run wild for decoration, or just leave it plain and simple.

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