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Crochet Krampus Hat – Free Pattern

You can find this free crochet pattern  for a Krampus Hat at Morale Fiber here.

Who and what is Krampus? From wikipedia:

“In Central European folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.”

Below is a modern interpretation of Krampus by Derek Yaniger for sale on Outre Gallery here.


Krampus can be traced back to pre-Germanic paganism. His original name, krampen, means “claw”, and he was also the son of the Norse god of the underworld, Hel.

Krampus visits houses with St. Nicholas on the night of December 5th. St. Nicholas puts candy in the shoes of good kids, while Krampus puts birch twigs in the shoes of bad kids. 

Now Krampus has become the incarnation of Scrooge and the Grinch mashed together, with a little terror thrown in. 

Here is a Krampus greeting card from the early 1900s.


This is a reblog for those who missed my Krampus post last year.