Yes, this little bird is so excited by his new knitted santa hat that he wants to share the pattern with the world.
If you don't own a pigeon then don't worry! These could be made for little dolls, used as tree decorations, as christmas egg-warmers etc. The diameter of the hat is about 3.5-4cm but you can easily make bigger hats by using larger needles or casting on more stitches at the beginning.
Using 3mm knitting needles cast on 22 stitches with white yarn.
Garter stitch 2 rows (that's normal knitting)
Change to red yarn and from this point work in stocking stitch (SS = knit one row, purl one row) throughout, starting with a knit row.
SS 6 rows
K1, k2tog, k16, k2tog, k1
K1, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k1
K1, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k1
You may have spotted a pattern! Continue in this way (decreasing at each end of every knit row) until you are left with 4 stitches. Cut the yarn leaving about 15cm. Thread through a needle and draw up the remaining 4 stitches tightly.
I then folded the had in half lengthways and used mattress stitch to join the two edges. My glamourous assisstant is demonstrating the nice neat seam...
To make the pompom wrap white yarn around two of your fingers lots and lots of times then tie in the middle with another piece of white yarn. Cut through the loops and trim until it looks like a real pompom. Then sew it onto the top of your santa hat.
Ta-dah! It's as easy as that.