Published on November 23rd, 2017 | by Merion


Mini Knitted Christmas Gift Tag Toppers – Free Tutorial Videos!

We love to personalise our gifts – try your hand at making our fabulous little gift tag toppers for a really thoughtful touch!

Teeny Weeny Christmas Sweater/Jumper

These little sweeties take moments to knit, and they look great in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK! The sky’s the limit for decoration – if you’re good at embroidery, you can embellish to your heart’s content – and if not, glue on sequins, little jewels, and tiny pom poms!


The pattern:

Cast on 18 stitches

Row 1: K1, P1, knit to last two stitches, P1, K1

Row 2: P1, K1, knit to last two stitches, K1, P1

Row 3: 1, P1, knit to last two stitches, P1, K1

Row 4: P1, K1, knit to last two stitches, K1, P1

Row 5: Cast off 4 stitches, knit to last three stitches, cast off 3 and snip yarn to pull through the last stitch.

Row 6 – 16: Reattach yarn, and knit 10 rows in garter stitch.

Row 17 – 18: Knit two rows of 1×1 rib (K1, P1) and cast off.

Sew in ends.


paintbox yarns mini jumpers sweaters

Little Santa Hat

This sweet little hat has a tiny pom pom on top, and is a little festive touch that you can add to any gift!

The pattern:

Row 1: Cast on 12 stitches

Row 2: Knit four rows in white yarn

Row 3: Change to red yarn and knit to end

Row 4: Purl to end

Row 5: K2tog, knit to the last two stitches and K2tog

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: K2tog, knit to the last two stitches and K2tog

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: K2tog, knit to the last two stitches and K2tog

Row 10: Pull through last two stitches to cast off.

Sew in ends, and attach pom pom.


Pom pom on a fork!

When you need a tiny pom pom, make one on a fork!


Attaching your toppers:

You will have strings left from the mini pom poms that you can tie on to your gift tags. For the others, you can either stitch some yarn through to create a loop, or make a crochet chain.



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Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: November 23rd, 2017.

44 Responses to Mini Knitted Christmas Gift Tag Toppers – Free Tutorial Videos!

  1. Anne says:

    Had no idea how to make a tiny pom pom. So found it very useful. The whole idea of knitted tags is so very different. I love it

    • Merion says:

      Hello Anne!

      I had been making these tiny pompoms on two fingers, but it got very fiddly – hence the fork!

      Merion x

  2. suzie bracey says:

    hi just wondering,what size needles did you use for santa hat topper
    many thanks

    • Merion says:

      Hi Suzie,

      So sorry to have left this info out! My fault! I used 3.75mm needles, but 4mm needles would be absolutely fine.

      Happy knitting!
      Merion x

  3. Janet King says:

    DUH, would you let people know what size needles used

    • Garnetgirl says:

      How rude, you could ask politely

      • Milli Knudsen says:

        Thank you for expecting courtesy!

      • Janet King says:

        If you are an experienced knitter great, but not everyone is, the main thing a pattern should include is needle size, and bulk of yarn, especially if gage is important, You may enjoy trying a project to find mistakes and wasted time because of it, if someone is sharing a pattern with others, they should be polite to make sure they supply info that is needed. Thankful, people I know would take Duh as a joke, I mean really, you need to chill, as the question had been asked previously. Oh the snowflakes

    • Merion says:

      Dear Janet, I used 3.75mm needles, but 4mm needles would be fine with DK yarn.

      Happy Christmas!

      • Janet King says:

        Thank you, Merion, for the info and by the way the DUH, was done jokingly. I was not trying to be rude, but I was taught that needle size and bulk of yarn was important for gage and if a pattern does not concern gage it states gage not important, Again, forgive me if I was rude to you. It is truly a shame a few people have to take the joy out of even a knitting pattern and website, as they are so perfect they feel they have the right to judge and correct others. Best of luck to you in the future and MERRY CHRISTMAS, GOD BLESS

  4. Joanna says:

    Probably 4mm as DK yarn….

    • Merion says:

      Hi Joanna, you are quite right, 4mm needles would be fine. I used 3.75mm, but either would be perfect ok with DK yarn.


  5. Andrea M Smith says:

    Love these tags…TY

  6. Barbara says:

    Neede size depends on wool thickness. See wrapper. This will of course affect the size of your tag.

    • Merion says:

      Quite right Barbara, and I used 3.75mm here – although a 4mm would be absolutely fine. I did think that if I used chunky weight yarn and 6mm needles, these would make very sweet coasters!!

      Merion x

  7. Lesley wright says:

    Just love this site. So informative and useful. Thanks.

  8. Liz says:

    I had never thought of knitting gift tags before I saw these patterns. Thank you for adding these and inspiring me to make a multitude of different coloured Santa hats and pom poms to add to my tags. I am even thinking of knitting some ornaments for the tree!

    • Merion says:

      Hi Liz!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! We loved making them! I mentioned this further up the thread but I might knit them with chunky weight yarn and 6mm needles for bigger versions!

      Merion x

  9. Kick says:

    These little tags look gorgeous and I think we should all be grateful to the creator. Thank you. They are delightful.

  10. Gilly Billy says:

    Thank you for these patterns. They are very sweet and something different. I will enjoy making and giving them.

    • Merion says:

      Dear Gilly Billy, thank you so much for your comment! They’re great fun to make, I hope you enjoy them!

      Merion x

  11. ALI says:

    Oh Merion, How lovely your little gift tags are! Well done, you have made me feel all old fashioned Christmassey!

  12. Meg says:

    thank you these look great and different

  13. Leeanne Flower says:

    Where is the pattern of the the wreath on front of email……love them

  14. Caroline says:

    Super idea, really liked the wreath/holly featured in the email, is this also available?

  15. Rosemary says:

    Hey, thanks for sharing that. And thanks for writing out the directions to. I love trying new things. And they were sooo cute. I can’t wait to try these out.

  16. Emi Brown says:

    Thank you, I love it

  17. Ginny says:

    Is there a pattern for the Christmas wreath?

  18. Dawn Blonde says:

    HI! Thank you for sharing! I just went out and bought knitting needles because I don’t have small sizes needles (I am beginner knitter….going on 15 years! lol)
    I bought US 3 size.Will that work? I am so excited about these tags!! 🙂

    • Merion says:

      Hi Dawn,

      A US 3 is 3.25mm – but I think for a project like this, that’ll be fine – your tags will just be a little bit smaller and denser.

      Happy knitting!!

      Merion x

  19. Shirley says:

    Thank you so much Merion, they are all delightful and I intend to personalise them
    Thanks again for your imaginative ideas

  20. Pam says:

    Have lots of left overs from making presents. Good idea for for making use of them and making them more personal cant wait to get started. Thanks! Happy Christmas

  21. Linda says:

    Love the Santa hat. Thanks so much for taking the time to share yiurvoattern with us. I’m not a very experienced knitter but I can knit these! The pompons are so cute, too!

  22. Pauline says:

    I love these little jumper tags but find I get loose stitches at the end of the rows. Do you have any advice please.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Pauline,

      Just try and keep those end stitches held tightly when you turn and start the next row – but if you find you the stitches are loose it might be a tension situation, so you could try going down a needle size to see if that helps!

      Merion x

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