Eight Tiny Reindeer Hat Knitting Pattern

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Eight Tiny Reindeer earflap hat pattern

Description of Reindeer Hat

This is one of my earliest and still most popular knitting patterns. Eight tiny reindeer is an earflap hat featuring Santa’s eight reindeer in a lacy pattern. When knit in a contrasting color, the stockinette lining shows through around each reindeer head.

Eight Tiny Reindeer uses clever construction to knit the earflaps, hat, and lining while joining the pieces as you go, so there isn’t a bunch of sewing together when you’re done. In fact, when you finish knitting, the only seaming you’ll do is closing up the sides of the earflaps.

If you’re looking for a super-warm hat, look no further! This double layer of wool will keep you warm in the coldest months. The pattern is written in one size to fit most adults. I used Patons Classic Wool for my samples. It’s a solid choice for quality wool at an affordable price (See how I used it in my Manta shawl.) A couple of good DK yarns for the lining are Plymouth Yarn DK superwash and, for the softest lining, Lion Brand Touch of Merino.

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Eight Tiny Reindeer side view


 knit into the front and back, purl into the front and back, provisional cast on, knit in the round, knit 2 together, yarn over, slip slip knit, purl 2 together through the back loops, pick up stitches


  • Yarn: Outer hat: 150 yd (137 m) worsted weight, lining: 125 yd (114 m) dk weight. Sample knit with Patons Classic Wool worsted weight 194 yd/100 g and Patons Classic Wool dk superwash 125 yd/50 g. 
  • Needles: US7 16-inch (40 cm) circular and dpns, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 4 stitch markers, stitch holder or waste yarn, waste yarn for provisional cast on

Gauge for Reindeer Hat

10 sts = 2 in (2.5 cm) with worsted weight in stockinette stitch in the round


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Eight Tiny Reindeer front view
Eight Tiny reindeer pin image

Author: Kelly

I create disaster-movie-worthy knitting patterns.

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