Christmas is a very joyous time of year and what better way to celebrate than make your infant or young child a Santa stocking cap. An easy and fast way to make a Santa stocking cap is with a round knitting loom. A set of four knitting looms is available for purchase at Walmart and local hobby and craft stores. The set includes a small, medium, large and extra large knitting loom. Either a purchased knitting loom hook or a crochet hook is needed to complete the loom knitting process.
Make a Santa stocking hat for an infant using the medium round knitting loom. An infant stocking cap uses ten rows for the brim and twelve rows for the top of the hat. Use the large knitting loom to make a Santa stocking cap for a child. The child’s stocking cap uses twelve rows for the brim and 14 rows for the top of the hat. The instructions are written for an infant Santa stocking cap with the child’s instructions in parenthesis.
1 skein eyelash yarn
1 skein white yarn
1 skein red yarn
Medium round knitting loom (Large round knitting loom)
Knitting loom hook or small crochet hook
Step 1 – Use a double strand of yarn – one strand of white and one strand of eyelash yarn. Use the two strands of yarn as one. Tie a slipknot two inches from the end of the yarn.
Step 2 – Look at the medium (large) knitting loom and locate the peg that is lying on a horizontal plane when the loom is sitting on the table. This is the starting peg. Place the slipknot over the peg to the left of the starting peg.
Step 3 – E-wrap around the circumference of the knitting loom twice. To E-wrap simply place the yarn behind the peg to the left of the starting peg. Wrap the yarn around the peg once. The end of the yarn will be to the inside of the loom. Move to the next peg and repeat the process. Make two complete rounds around the loom.
Step 4 – Use the knitting loom hook or a small crochet hook and place it between the two E-wraps. Slide it down the indentation of the peg and hook the bottom loop. Pull the loop over the top of the peg. Repeat the process around the circumference of the loom.
Step 5 – E-wrap around the circumference of the loom. Repeat step 4.
Step 7 – Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until a total of ten (twelve) rows are completed. Count the rows from the inside of the loom knitting.
Step 8 – Cut the tail of the yarn three inches long. Tie the end of the red yarn to the cut tail as close to the last peg wrapped as possible.
Step 9 – Work from the inside of the hat. Locate the first round of loom knitting directly under the initial peg where the slipknot was made. Place the first stitch over the top of the peg to the left of the starting peg. Make sure the tails of the yarn are hid between the brim while hooking the first row of stitching over the pegs. Continue looping the first row of stitching over the pegs until every peg has two loops.
Step 10 – Repeat Step 4
Step 11 – E-wrap the circumference of the knitting loom twice. Pull the bottom white loop over the double red yarn.
Step 12 – E-wrap the circumference of the knitting loom twice. Repeat Step 4 pulling the bottom two E-wrapped loops over the top two double wrapped threads. Repeat the process until twelve (fourteen) rows are completed. Count the rows from the inside of the loom knitting.
Step 13 – Cast off the stitches to close the top of the hat. Begin on the peg to the left of the starting peg. Wrap the yarn around the front of the knitting loom until it is just past the halfway mark. Cut the yarn. Place the yarn over the front of the first peg. Pull the double loops over the single thread. Pull the single thread through the loops. Move to the next peg. Repeat the process until all loops are cast off the knitting loom.
Step 14 – Turn the Santa stocking cap inside out. Place the yarn end through the center of the hat. Pull the yarn end tight until the center of the hat is closed. Weave the yarn back and forth under the opening to close. Tie off with a knot. Hide the end of the yarn in the stitching. Cut off any excess.
Step 15 – Turn the hat right side out. It is now ready to wear or give as a gift.