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Whimsical Knit Cupcake Hat

By: Nazanin Fard for Red Heart

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! This free knitting pattern allows you to learn how to work up a baby hat pattern that is almost as cute as the little one you are creating it for. The Whimsical Knit Cupcake Hat pattern combines pastel pinks and lovely whites to make a knit baby hat pattern that resembles a cupcake. The little pom on top is the cutest icing you will ever see. 



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How to Knit the Whimsical Cupcake Hat

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.

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.

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.

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This hat is super cute, stunning pattern. I am abit confused though, sorry if my question seems extremely silly, it could be just how I'm reading it! With stand "A" it says use two stands, does that mean use two balls of wool the same colour or is there a way of doing this with only one ball of colour "A"? Thanks in advance for your help.

Could you please provide more detail as to how to sew around for the Finishing step: With tail left at the end of round 18, sew round 13 to round 18 to create a ruffle around the hat. Thank you!

How did you do the ruffle


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