Our Christmas pudding hat knitting pattern is bound to be a festive hit with the whole family. It’ll look adorable on your little pudding – or make it for parents and kids to match! The pattern was designed by Kirstie McLeod and comes from Simply Knitting magazine issue 100.


The hat uses a yarn that comes embedded with sequins, so there’s no fiddly stitching to do. Plus it's worked flat and seamed, perfect for new knitters who haven't yet mastered knitting in the round.

You'll need small amounts of red and green yarn from your stash to knit the holly, or why not sew on a few mini pompoms to make the berries? Whatever you decide, it'll give your Christmas pudding hat the perfect finishing touch.

To make this Christmas pudding hat you will need:

  • Yarn A King Cole, Moorland Aran (75% arcylic, 25% wool, 100g/196m), 1 ball of Earthy (376)
  • Yarn B King Cole, Galaxy Chunky (56% arcylic, 42% wool, 2% payette, 50g/71m), 1 ball of Saturn (684)
    These yarns have been discontinued, but you could substitute King Cole Fashion Aran, and King Cole Galaxy DK held double, checking your tension to ensure it matches.
  • Oddments of green and red DK yarn
  • A pair of 4mm (US 6) needles
  • A pair of 5mm (US 8) needles
  • Stitch markers

Christmas pudding hat knitting pattern


18 sts and 25 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stocking stitch using 5mm needles


Child (Adult)


You'll find our standard knitting abbreviations used in this pattern.

Christmas pudding hat

Cast on 84 (96) sts using 5mm needles and Yarn A.

Row 1 K2, P2 to the end of the row.

Continue to work in K2, P2 rib stitch for 6 further rows.

Row 1 (RS) Knit.

Row 2 Purl.

Continue to work in stocking stitch until the knitting measures 8 (11)cm from the cast on edge, ending with a purl row.

Change to Yarn B.

Row 1 and every alt row (RS) Purl.

Row 2 K12 (14), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. [78 (90) sts]

Row 4 K11 (13), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. [72 (84) sts]

Row 6 K10 (12), k2tog; rep from * to end of row. [66 (78) sts]

Continue to decrease in this fashion until 12 sts remain.

Next row P2tog, to end of row.

Cast off.

Christmas pudding hat knitting pattern holly
Add the finishing touch by knitting some holly and sewing it to the Christmas pudding hat.

Leaves (Make two)

Cast on 3 sts using green yarn and 4mm needles.

Row 1 Purl.

Row 2 *K1, inc 1, K1, inc 1, K1. [5 sts]

Row 3 P1, inc 1, P1, K1, P1, inc 1, P1. [7 sts]

Row 4 Cast on 2 at beg of row, K these 2 sts, K3, P1, K to end. [9 sts]

Row 5 Cast on 2 at beg of row, P these 2 sts, P3, K1, P to end. [11 sts]

Row 6 K3tog at beg of row, K3, P1, K to end. [9 sts]

Row 7 P3tog at beg of row, P3, K1, P to end. [7 sts]

Row 8 K2tog, K1, P1, K1, k2tog. [5 sts]

Row 9 P2tog, K1, p2tog. [3 sts]

Rows 10-17 Rep rows 2-10 in sequence.

Fasten off yarn.

Berries (Make three)

Cast on 5 sts using red yarn and 4mm needles.

Row 1 Knit.

Row 2 *Pfb; rep from * to end. [10 sts]

Row 3 Knit.

Row 4 Purl.

Row 6 Knit.

Row 7 *P2tog; rep from * to end. [5 sts]

Cast off.

Making up the Christmas pudding hat

Turn the hat so right sides are facing, and sew together the seam. Weave in all loose ends. Sew the holly and berries firmly to the top of the hat.

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Kirstie McLeodEditor, Simply Knitting

Kirstie is the Editor of Simply Knitting and Commissioning Editor of The Knitter, and what she doesn’t know about knitting isn’t worth knowing! She’s responsible for packing both magazines with gorgeous, fresh patterns by designers from all over the globe and bringing the biggest trends from the fashion world straight to your needles. When she’s not squishing new yarns, browsing the latest pattern collections, and travelling to knitting shows across the UK and beyond, Kirstie can be found working on her own knitwear designs – and she even finds time to crochet too! Look her up on Ravelry to see her latest creations, and follow her on Instagram at @kirstie.mcleod.

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