Mini Santa Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Bunny was feeling very poorly last week and went into the ER again. I was afraid this would be our last Christmas together, so I made us two tiny Santa hats for a photo. She had been wanting to just be in her bed all day with zero energy. I felt bad even bothering her for this, but it only took a few minutes so I hope she doesn’t hate me forever.

I ended up pinning both of them to my head after letting her go back to sleep. You could attach them to hair clips or a head band, but I think just using bobby pins makes them really versatile. Now I can thread a loop through them and put them on my Christmas tree or a wreath! We have some on our mantel garland right now.

For Bunny, I strung black yarn on each side of the hat and tied a bow under her chin. I picked black to match her fur so the tie would be less visible.

I hope you have fun with your mini Santa hats!

Mini Santa Hat Crochet Pattern

  • You’ll need a small amount of worsted yarn in Red and White, an H hook, scissors, yarn needle, and you can either make a pom pom with yarn or you’ll need a store-bought one to glue on. I think mine were 1/2 inch white Pom Poms.
  • The RS of your work in Red will show on the outside of the hat, and you’ll flip up the White brim so the WS will be showing.


ch(s): chain(s)
FLO: front loops only
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
(  ): work everything inside the parentheses into the next stitch
[  ]: work everything inside the brackets the number of times

Hat Pattern

With Red and H hook, make magic circle or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into ring. Don’t join rnds. – 6 sts

Rnd 2: sc, 5 hdc. – 6 sts

Rnd 3: [(2 hdc), 2 hdc] 2 times. – 8 sts

Rnd 4: [(2 hdc), 3 hdc] 2 times. – 10 sts

Rnd 5: [(2 hdc), 4 hdc] 2 times. – 12 sts

Rnd 6: [(2 hdc), 5 hdc] 2 times. – 14 sts

Rnd 7: [(2 hdc), 6 hdc] 2 times. – 16 sts

Rnd 8: [(2 hdc), 7 hdc] 2 times. – 18 sts

Rnd 10: [(2 hdc), 8 hdc] 2 times. – 20 sts

Rnd 11: [(2 hdc), 4 hdc] 4 times. – 24 sts

Rnd 12: 23 hdc evenly, sc. – 24 sts

  • Sl st to next st to join. 
  • Break off White. Join White. 

Rnd 13: Work this rnd in FLO. Ch 2, work hdc evenly around. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. – 24 sts

Rnd 14: Work in both loops again. Ch 2, 24 hdc evenly around. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. – 24 sts

  • Break off and weave in all ends.
  • Flip up the White brim of the hat.
  • Make a tiny White pompom to sew on top of the hat or glue your store-bought pompom on.
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Little Santa Ornament – Crochet Pattern

I crocheted myself a Santa ornament and thought you might want to crochet some, too! They would make the cutest gifts, or even gift toppers. We also put a bunch on the garland on our mantel, and I think they would look absolutely amazing on your holiday wreaths! Right now, you can get it FREE for 24 hours before I post it to Etsy. Click here get the pattern from my Etsy shop: Santa Ornament Crochet Pattern

He’s constructed like a pillow, and you can use whatever you like or have around the house for his eyes, nose, and belt buckle. All the Santas look super cute and comfy on my pink Christmas tree from Treetopia, and while I can’t decide between decorating my living room in a pastel theme or with more traditional colors, Cute Santa bridges the gap pretty well!

My mom came for a visit and wanted to steal all of them, so beware: Everyone will want one!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Little Pink Ghost Pillow

My friend Truck from 100% Soft designed this really cute Ghost Friends Dress with happy ghost foods flying all over it! I decided to make a matching happy ghost pillow, and I love how he turned out!

If you’d like to make a friend of your own, click on the link for the free PDF: Little Ghost Pillow

I’ll be honest: I worked this up really quickly, and I haven’t had much time to proofread it before posting. If you find any errors or confusing spots, just leave a comment and let me know!

I hope you have a lot of fun with your new buddy!

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Treetopia’s Scary Rooms Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

Alien Autopsy Halloween decor with crocheted alien and pink Halloween tree covered in UFOs

Pink Halloween Tree – Alien Autopsy Style!

Quote from my mom: “It’s funny. AND YUCKY.”

It’s that time of the year again when Treetopia celebrates its biggest scare-fest! They partnered with 12 influencers – including me! – to join their brand ambassador, Jennifer Perkins, in a very unique influencer- hop. Everyone is decorating a room in their homes with a haunted house theme featuring colored trees and foliage from Treetopia, and you have a few ways to win your very own tree! Scroll to the bottom of this post enter. #TreetopiaScaryRooms

While looking at tons of images of haunted houses, I for some reason got really inspired by a particular Alien Autopsy room and completely ran with that theme.

I had so much fun decorating my 5 foot pink tree with pink lights courtesy of Treetopia. I used little green aliens, medium-sized glow in the dark aliens, assorted green tree ornaments, and I made my own UFOs with pie tins, treat container toppers, flat back rhinestones, and really awesome stretchy mesh tubing! I love the contrast of all the green decorations with the pink tree.

A Closer Look At Our Lab

While I focused on crocheting the guest star of my Scary Room – George, the crocheted, autopsied alien – Manda helped me create the crazy laboratory around him. She started by draping everything with plastic painter’s sheeting to create that “secret pop-up laboratory” look.

Initially, my goal was to crochet a bunch of organs to suspend in jars filled with colored water, but I was really pressed for time, so Manda improvised and started digging around in the kitchen for anything and EVERYTHING to put in our jars.

Me: What’s in the blue jar?!


We surrounded our laboratory shelf with a 10 ft. pre-lit white Christmas garland which Manda also decorated with aliens, green tree ornaments, and plastic aliens to coordinate with our tree, because who says labs can’t be festive, too?

The “I.V.” bags are actually something you can water your plants with as you set how much it “drips,” and we just hung them on a silver lamp that I almost gave away because I don’t really use it.

Other things in our jars: jumbo bubble wrap, eggs that Manda drew veins on with Sharpie, Polyfil stuffing, udon noodles, FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS, a dried up air plant, and 1 actual crocheted organ.

We just bought a new cabinet for our living room to hide our vacuum cleaner in, but it made its debut as our mad scientist storage area including anatomical research photos and other intimidating looking tools we happen to have in our garage at the moment.

George, The Crocheted Alien Who Was Tragically Autopsied But Feels Relatively Okay About It

So, I spent a million hours crocheting this alien autopsy, but I didn’t get great photos of him because he was on my dining room table, and I couldn’t get high enough to get his whole body in the frame.

Win Your Own Halloween Tree!

Giveaway #1: Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 only. Treetopia is hosting a treasure hunt! Find the Treetopia logo hidden in my photo above, screenshot it, and use your screenshot to enter to win at this link: You can also take screenshots from the other bloggers in the Treetopia Scary Rooms blog-hop! It started on September 23rd and ends on October 10. There will be three winners! You can see the types of trees you might win in their terms & conditions.

Giveaway #2: Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 only. I am also hosting my own giveaway right here on my blog. You can enter to win the same 5 foot pink tree that I used for my alien tree. It’s the perfect shade of pink and pre-lit with pink lights. I must admit, it casts a pretty eery glow at night. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. I will choose 1 winner on October 5th, and your tree will be coming from Treetopia! Good luck!! I can’t wait to see your Halloween Trees!

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Quote from Manda in our 20s: “Why don’t we ever take photos of the SMART things that we do!?” Does this count…?

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Crochet Freak Shake Pattern in Mollie Makes Magazine

crocheted strawberry freak shake in Mollie Makes Magazine by Twinkie Chan

My crocheted freak shake is on the cover of Mollie Makes Magazine, Issue 108! The pattern available inside includes the mug, the donut, the whipped cream topping, the chocolate sauce, and the strawberry skewer.

strawberry freak shake with donut topping in Mollie Makes Magazine by Twinkie Chan

The magazine commissioned this project from me, and of course I had to say yes! I had no idea it was going to be on the cover, though, so that was really exciting to find out when they sent me a preview of the magazine in July.

If you’re interested in the pattern, you can find subscription and/or download information here: Mollie Makes Magazine Issue 108.

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