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Whimsical Knit Cupcake Hat

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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)".

Materials:

  • 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.

Notes
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.

INSTRUCTIONS:
HAT

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.

Shape Crown
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.

FINISHING
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.

POMPOM
With B, make one 1‖ pompom (or desired size).

Attach to top of hat.

 

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