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Santa Doggie Hat and Beard

This adorable dog knitting pattern will put your pooch in the Holiday spirit in no time.

Santa Doggie Hat and Beard
Santa Doggie Hat and Beard
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If you love pet knitting patterns, then this Santa Doggie Hat and Beard is sure to tickle your fancy. This dog costume pattern will teach you how to make an adorable doggie Santa hat and beard for your canine friend. This free knitting pattern is available in multiple sizes, so you should be able to find one to fit your puppy pal, however big or small. With your pooch wearing this knitting pattern for dogs, everyone you meet will be in the holiday spirit. A Santa beard and a wagging tail are too cute to resist.  

This pattern calls for 2 balls (red, white) of worsted weight yarn and one ball of super bulky fur yarn. Recommended yarns are: RED HEART® Soft®: 1 ball each White 4600 and Really Red 9925, and RED HEART® Boutique Fur™: 1 ball Polar 9100.

You will also need 3 stitch markers, a yarn needle, and a pom pom maker for this knitting pattern.


Knitting Needle Size17 or 12.75 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Finished SizeHat fits dog neck size 11 (13½, 16½, 19½,)” [28 (34, 42, 50) cm].

Santa Doggie Hat and Beard

This project is knitted flat and then seamed. Directions are for size X-Small. Changes for sizes Small, Medium and Large are in parentheses. The dog in the photo is wearing size Small. White is yarn A. Red is yarn B. Fur yarn is yarn C. 


  1. Begin the Neck:

    With smaller needles and A, cast on 48 (60, 72, 84) sts.

  2. Row 1: K2, P2. Continue in K2, P2 ribbing until piece measures 3 (4, 5, 6)” [8 (10, 13, 15) cm] from cast on.  

  3. Next row: Continuing in K2, P2 pattern, work first 12 (16, 18, 22) sts, bind off 24 (28, 36, 40) sts, work last 12 (16, 18, 22) sts.  

  4. Next row: Continuing in K2, P2 pattern, work first 12 (16, 18, 22) sts, cast on 24 (28, 36, 40) sts, work last 12 (16, 18, 22) sts. Continue in K2, P2 pattern for 1 (1½, 2, 2½)” [3 (4, 5, 6) cm]. 

  5. Last row: Purl across.

  6. Crown of Hat:

    Change to B. 
    Row 1: K8 (10, 12, 14) sts, place st marker, K16 (20, 24, 28) sts, place st marker, K16 (20, 24, 28) sts, place st marker, K last 8 (10, 12, 14) sts. 

  7. Row 2: Purl across.

  8. Row 3: Knit across.

  9. Row 4: Purl across.

  10. Row 5: Knit across.

  11. Row 6: Purl across.

  12. Row 7: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2tog, slip marker, SSK; repeat from * to end of row–42 (54, 66, 78) sts.

  13. Repeat Rows 4-7 until 6 sts are left on needle. Bind off.


  1. With larger needles and C, cast on 3 sts.

  2. Row 1: Kfb, knit to last st, kfb—5 sts.

  3. Row 2: Knit

  4. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until there are 7 (9, 11, 13) sts on needle. Bind off. 


  1. With A, whipstitch beard to neck just below the opening left from the bound-off sts. Whipstitch the side edges of the neck together, forming a tube.

  2. With B, whipstitch the side edges of the crown together to form the hat.

  3. With A and pompom maker, make a pompom. Attach to top of hat.

  4. With yarn needle, weave in all loose ends. Finished hat should look like this. 


A, B, C
Colors A, B, or C
St st
stockinette stitch
Knit into the front and then the back of the same st
slip slip knit. Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.

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