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Published on December 4th, 2014 | by Jenni

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Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part five

Our festive Knit-A-Long has reached its end with one final pattern to knit the gorgeous matching hat. Read on to download the pattern and find out more.

When knitting this hat, you’ll need to follow a chart again for the stranded knitting snowflakes. You’ve already mastered the art of stranding on the jumper in previous posts so I’m sure you’ll find it a doddle! But we’ve included our top tips for the stranding technique below in case you need a refresher. We’ve also included a step-by-step picture guide for making a pom pom on a fork! Click on the button below to download the pattern and get started.

Techniques

Stranded Knitting

This part of the pattern will take on the snowflakes, which are knitted using the stranding method. Inside your pattern download you will find a knitting chart to follow. If this is your first time following a chart or trying stranded knitting, read our handy guide on how to read a chart. Click here to read the guide.

Joining Yarn

When you work the snowflake chart, you’ll need to join in colour B (white), if you haven’t done this before, don’t worry! It truly is simple. Read this guide for joining on a new ball of yarn.

Pom Pom 

To finish the pattern up, you’ll need to make two little pom poms. If you’ve never made one before, here is a quick and simple picture tutorial teaching you how to make it using a fork!

Pom Pom tutorial 1 - LoveKnitting blog

Pom Pom tutorial 1 - LoveKnitting blog

Pom Pom tutorial 1 - LoveKnitting blog

Pom Pom tutorial - LoveKnitting blog

Monica’s top tips

This pattern is made by knitwear designer and teacher Monica Russel of The KnitKnacks.

  • “Alternatively pom pom makers are a useful accessory for knitters as they ensure that the pom poms are of an equal size. If you prefer you can make tassels to go on the top corners of the hat.”

Share your progress

Now that we’ve come to the end of our knit-a-long, we’d absolutely love to see the final results of both the jumper and the hat you’ve knitted. Next week, I will share photos of YOUR progress alongside mine, so please show us your finished piece! To upload a picture, all you need to do is:

1. Click on ‘choose file’, where you can select an image from your computer

2. Write your comments in the box

3. Click on ‘post comment‘ to submit it.

A big thank you!

As a thank you for your amazing support and to say well done to all of your for such incredible results, we’ve extended our exclusive 10% off discount on all the products in the Knit-A-Long category until Christmas with code FESTIVEKAL. Shop now!

If you’ve just joined us and want to see the other parts of the pattern, top tips and knitter comments you can find all parts of the K-A-L here.


About the Author

is a craft fanatic with a love of sewing and an obsession with knitting bows. She loves baking cupcakes, discovering new countries and fashion.


Last updated: December 4th, 2014.

49 Responses to Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part five

  1. Elaine says:

    So, I am still behind, but only with the making up…by this time next week the whole set will be finished. 🙂

  2. Patty Schwab says:

    Still working on the sleeves!!
    This is fun!!!!
    Patty S

  3. Rachael D. says:

    Is it doable to make the hat in the round?

    • Jenny Payne says:

      Yes, I plan to. It will give a much better finish.

    • Jo-Ann says:

      I did mine in the round – much easier I think when working with different colors.

      • Hazeyj says:

        Jo-Ann,
        Am I right in thinking you did tassels on your finished hat? I think they look more Scandanavian than the Pom-poms and would be grateful for advice on how to make them, if you wouldn’t mind. Just starting the hat now !

        • Jo-Ann Thornton says:

          Yes I did. By the way I’m Norwegian. The tassels are very simple. I took a piece if cardboard about 3 to 3.5 inches and took both colors together and wrapped around the cardboard about 40 times. Took a double thickness length of yarn through the top of the wraps between the wraps and cardboard. Tied it off as tight as I could. Slipped everything off the cardboard. Cut open the loops. Trimmed the ends as needed and attached to the hat like you would the pompoms.

          • Hazeyj says:

            Thank you so much for taking the time to advise me on the tassel making. They look so good on your hat! You certainly gave a Nordic feel to the hat and no wonder! It’s been great to see all the great knits and get loads of tips – I am going to have a go at your mitten pattern too – my first go with DPN’s in 40 years! Thanks again!

  4. Nicola Proffitt says:

    My grandaughter is already wearing the jumper. Can’t wait to knit the hat.

  5. Pippa says:

    Now the pattern is here just have to knit it LOL

  6. Teresa Haller says:

    I can’t download part 5, I just get blank pages

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Teresa,

      Make sure you clear the cookies and cache in your browser or try opening with a different browser. It might be something to do with the version of Acrobat Reader you have, so might be worth checking whether it needs an update. If you’re still experiencing issues, let me know and I will send the PDF to you via email.

      All the best,
      Jenni

      • Teresa Haller says:

        Thanks, my laptop must have been having a bad day. Sweater now sewn up (I hate that part) Would make the hat in the round, but have to finish some mittens first as they are on my dpns. If I did the hat in the round, would I need to reduce the number of stitches? Been looking through the instructions for the hat – there is no mention of seaming the top, is this left open? Looking forward to getting the whole pattern in one piece as I’ll be donating this with my church stitching group and may get requests for the pattern.

      • Teresa Haller says:

        Please can anyone confirm whether the top of the hat is left open or not? Can’t find anything in the instructions to close the top,

  7. Cathy Ware says:

    Still on Sleeves. Hopefully have time this weekend to get more done. It’s totally adorable!

  8. Debra Manning says:

    I’m glad there are others still on the sleeves! I got behind with the holidays and my 13 month old daughter! She is fascinated with the ball of yarn. On my second sleeve now. I hope to start the hat this weekend! 🙂

    • Jenni says:

      HI Debra,

      Everyone goes at their own pace so don’t worry about being a bit behind! The pattern and all it’s advice will still be here! Let us know how you get on with the hat!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  9. Sherri says:

    I’m really enjoying this knit-a-long. Can’t wait to finish!!!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Sherri,

      That’s so lovely to hear! Make sure to share your final version with us!!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  10. delilah says:

    OK, I aint done the jumper, so maybe this has been covered elsewhere in which case I apologise.

    Am interested in knitting the hat. But…..

    Instructions state –

    Pixie Hat – Both sides are the same
    Using colour A and 4.0mm needles cast on 36(38:42:44) sts
    KTBL
    Rows 1 – 8: Knit

    There are no abbreviations for KTBL.

    Am guessing Knit Through Back Loop.

    Can anyone help please, Thankyou. Del.

  11. Kathy says:

    Thank you for this KAL. By doing this, I was able to learn how to knit with the graph. I also learned that I need to not knit as tight As I usually do. I will be much less intimidated with a graph pattern in the future. My youngest granddaughter will be receiving this for Christmas. Again, thank you.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Kathy,

      Thank you so much for sharing with us what you have learnt – It’s been a brilliant experience and we have learnt so much too. We can’t wait to start on another KAL and hope that you will join us!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  12. Lucille Baye says:

    I’m a slow knitter so I’m still on the front but almost finished it. I really like the pattern and will donate it to the hospital when I’m finished as I don’t have any small children to give to.
    I will probably make more of these as have really enjoyed knitting it

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Lucille,

      What a wonderful idea, I’m sure it will be most appreciated! We will be publishing a full version of the pattern on Thursday so you can retain it for your records and knit it again in the future. All the handy tips will stay up on the blog too.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  13. Amanda Lownds says:

    Hi in the hat instructions can you explain K1A in the 12 to 18 moths size?
    Does it mean one row of knit before commencing the snowflake pattern rows?
    Enjoying this. Between us my mother and I are making a set each for my 2 granddaughters.
    Amanda

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Amanda,

      K1A means knit 1 in colour A (e.g. red yarn) and then you start the chart.

      Hope this helps! I am sure your granddaughters will love the jumpers!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  14. Carole says:

    It’s a little hard to see the color differance, but I decided to knit the hat in 2 peices, at the same time, using bobbins. I kind of like the side seams in line with the pom poms or tassles!

  15. Carole says:

    Yeah! It’s done and just too cute!
    Thanks so much for this KAL, Really enjoyed it!

    And Hazeyj, I would show you how much green yarn I have left, but there isn’t any!!! Literally split the remainder in half and used it up on the tassels! lol

  16. Hazeyj says:

    Carole, lovely, lovely jumper and hat! The tassels are great. I’m a bit red-faced; after pmoaning to you all and ordering more yarn I found the spare bits from the front and back of the jumper in the bottom of my knitting bag! So apologies especially to the KAL fairies and pattern designer, I had enough yarn to finish the hat with a smidge left over. I’ll block and make up ASAP and just knit mittens and socks with the yarn I ordered. I hope I didn’t make anyone worried who hasn’t finished – look in the bottom of your bag!

  17. Rainy says:

    Just finished my hat so now my set is complete for my youngest grandson for Christmas. Even though I am an experienced knitter, I have learnt new things doing this KAL. I have enjoyed this so much. Hope you will be doing another one soon. Here is my hat

    • Nice to know that as an experienced knitter you are still learning. The hat is so cute in the blue.

      Monica

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Rainy,

      It’s very encouraging to hear you say this – so glad that you learnt new skills and have truly enjoyed yourself. We will definitely be doing this again, so stay tuned!

      Great job on the hat, I love the colour choice!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  18. hazeyj says:

    Finished and so chuffed with the results. Thanks for this KAL; I’ve learned new techniques, asked for tips and got them and knitted alongside talented knitters and have loved the experience. I hope there will be more.

  19. Elly Coppen says:

    The result. I used anvery cheep tarn, only € 0,89 for 50 gr. I used two red and a little bit of white. So the whole project only cost me less than € 3.

  20. khistina leetham says:

    Have finished my set and am very pleased with the way it has turned out. Enjoyed taking part in the k a l. Thank you.
    Hope you run another one, if you do I will definitely take part. Well done to everyone who has taken part

  21. Pam says:

    I’m a little behind in sharing my completed sweater. Things have been getting busy and although I had completed kniting the sweater ( actually I knitted 2 sweaters, the smallest size and the largest) it took me until now to complete sewing it together. I think I’m the world’s worst seamstress! I love the knitting but hate the sewing. But I’m fairly satisfied with the end result. Giving the small size to the new baby girl tonight (1 week and 1 day old today, just over 6 1/2 lbs). I think it might fit her for most of the winter :-)! Going to try to complete the matching hat this weekend. I love your tip for making the pompoms! I’ve used my index and middle fingers together to wrap the yarm in the past.will definitely try the fork method.

    I’d like to add one suggestion: Please provide this sweater pattern for adult sizes!! I’d love one for myself!!!!! Thanks to all from Loveknitting who contributed to this KAL. It was my first and I really enjoyed it!

    Happy Holidays to All.
    Pam (Byfield, MA, USA)

  22. Andrea says:

    I have finally finished and my set is packaged to go to a very special baby boy! I can relate to Pam, as sewing up the project is not my favorite and I need more practice on it.

    I so enjoyed this KAL! Thank you Jenni an Monica, this was fun and I know you all put a lot into this. I hope you do more KAL’s.

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    Andrea (Pennsylvania USA)

  23. Helen Kennedy says:

    I haven’t quite finished yet as I haven’t chosen buttons or made satisfactory pompoms. I was an experienced knitter but stopped when I had a job that involved typing all day. After a gap of some 20 years I started again this year.

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