Looking for free knit baby hat patterns? The whimsical knit cupcake hat from Red Heart Yarn will have your little one looking adorable all day!
Directions are for size Baby; changes for size Toddler are in parentheses.
Hat Circumference: 14 (16)".
- TLC® ―"Baby" 6 oz (170 g), 490 yd (448 m): 1 skein each 5737 Powder Pink A, and 5011 White B
- RED HEART® ―"Buttercup™" 1.76 oz (50 g), 72 yd (66 m) balls: 1 ball 4272 White Coral C
- Circular knitting needles, 6mm [US 10] 20" long
- Double pointed needles, 1 set 6mm [US 10]
- Stitch markers (5)
- Yarn needle
Gauge: 16 sts = 4"; 24 rounds = 4" in K2, p2 rib with 2 strands A held together. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.
Colors A and B are each worked holding two strands of the same color together as one. Color C is worked with one strand.
Hat is worked in the round. As stitches are decreased and no longer fit on circular needle, divide them among 3 double pointed needles to complete.
K2, p2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts)
Round 1: * K2, p2; repeat from * around.
Repeat Round 1 for K2, p2 rib.
With 2 strands A and circular needle, cast on 56 (64) sts.
Place marker for beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist sts.
Rounds 1–12: Work in K2, p2 rib. Cut A.
Round 13: With 2 strands B, k even around.
Round 14: * K1, yo; repeat from * around–112 (128) sts.
Rounds 15 and 17: K even around.
Round 16: P even around.
Round 18: K2tog around– 56 (64) sts. Cut B leaving a 20" tail.
Round 1: With 1 strand C, * k14 (16), place marker; repeat from * around.
Round 2: * K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; repeat from * around–52 (60) sts. Repeat Round 2, 9 (11) times more–16 sts.
Next Round: K2tog around–8 sts.
Next Round: K2tog around–4 sts.
Next Round: K2tog around–2 sts. Bind off.
With tail left at the end of round 18, sew round 13 to round 18 to create a ruffle around the hat.
Weave in yarn ends.
With B, make one 1‖ pompom (or desired size).
Attach to top of hat.