Monday, March 21, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern! Cotton Candy Hat



Cotton Candy Toddler Hat
By Jennifer Dickerson

Cotton Candy is a fun toddler hat that is easy to knit, finished off with a big beautiful bloom.

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn in fun color(s) of your choice
  • US8 16” Circular Needle for hat
  • 4 US8 DPNs for hat
  • US10.5 Straight needles for flower
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Marker
Gauge:
  • 24 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches
Sizing:
  • Toddler (1-3 years)

Instructions for Hat:
CO 72 sts
PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 6 rounds of K2, P2 ribbing
Work in st st (knit each round) until hat measures 6.5” from CO edge

Decrease:
Row 1: K2, K2tog around
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K1, K2tog around
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog around
Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends.

Instructions for Bloom:
CO 10 sts
Row 1: KFB each st to end of row (20 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: KFB each st to end of row (40 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: KFB each st to end of row (80 sts)
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: KFB each st to end of row (160 sts)
BO all sts

Finishing:
Stitch bloom to hat and weave in ends.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!

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28 comments:

  1. Getting ready to begin your great Cotton Candy Toddler Hat. What is the gauge for this? I see you call for worsted weight yarn and also would like to know if DK weight would work? Thanks.

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  2. Hi Suzanne! The gauge is 24 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches. Thanks for your interest in the Cotton Candy Hat! Happy knitting and please let me know if you have any additional questions!

    PS I updated the ravelry page for the pattern too with the gauge...

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    1. I started this pattern and it reads work in st st (knit each round) which do I do st st ..stocking stitch which is knit a row purl a row OR knit each row?? Thank you Anne

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    2. When you are using a circular needle, then knit each round comes out as stocking stitch. You just need to ensure that you use a marker before the 1st stitch that you carry forward at the beginning of each round otherwise it's easy to lose the beginning of each round. Good luck with the hat, a circular needle will produce a much neater finish.

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I have knitted two of these now and they come out so cute!

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  4. Hi Melanie!

    You are so welcome! I love to share and am so glad you have enjoyed the pattern!

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  5. This hat is so adorable! But, I am wondering if you could give instructions for a 6 year old girl? I've made the hat for "Dolly" and would love to see my twin grandaughters wearing the hat along with their dolls.

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  6. Jennifer, thank you for the very pretty patterns. I also do alot of knitting for the babies at our hosptial when they are first born, thier little heads need to be warm, so once again thanks. Karen

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  7. @ Bev C...just sent you a message via Ravelry :-)

    @ Karen You are so welcome! It warms my heart to know the little ones are so cared for!

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  8. how do I print out your patterns? can't find a print icon.

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    1. Just added a print icon to this and all of the other patterns and tutorials! Thanks! :-)

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  9. Hi Jennifer,
    I love your cotton candy hat! Would love to use the same yarn that you did for model pattern-can you share that with us?
    Happy knitting
    Dee

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    1. Sure, with this hat I wanted it to be washable and tough, but still bright and pretty. I used Red Heart Super Saver in the "bon bon" print and the shocking pink color of the same yarn for the flower. Thanks so much and happy knitting to you too! :)

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  10. Has anyone adapted this for a woman's size; chemo hat? I love the flower & perfect for a sassy chemo head.

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    1. I absolutely love that idea...maybe for a future pattern? ;-)

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  11. Could you please program it to print out only the pattern?

    Thanks!

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    1. Sorry, I'm unable to do that but if you want to just print the pattern text from this site, you can always highlight the text you need, then right click with your mouse and select copy, then paste to a word document.

      Doing it that way allows you to save it too if you need to. Hope that helps!

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  12. How cute! I plan on knitting this for my granddaughter for next winter. She will be 5 years old and usually has a pony tail. If I increase the size of the needles will I be able to knit it to fit her? I love the flower!

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    1. Increasing the needle size would definitely make it bigger...also you could cast on more stitches...just do it in increases of 4 so that the decrease works out. Also, the hat is very stretchy, I know of a four year old who wears this hat still.

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  13. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE CIRCLE NEEDLES TO CONTUE A ROUND CAN U HELP I WANT TO MAKE A HAT ?

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    1. Sure! Here are two helpful tutorials:

      Using circular needles:
      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-knit-in-round-with-circular.html

      Using Double Pointed Needles (DPNs):
      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-knit-wth-double-pointed-needles.html

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  14. Hi Jennifer,
    Love this!! And so does my daughter!
    Could you please give me instructions for a little larger--my daughter is 5.
    thanks!
    :)

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    1. Sure! I'd have to knit one up to get an exact number, but you could always go up a needle size or two, or cast more on a few more stitches...just do it in increases of 4 so that the decrease works out. Also, the hat is very stretchy, I know of a four year old who wears this hat (as made according to the pattern above) still and it fits nicely.

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  15. This is so pretty, and it is insisting I stop resisting the 'circular' needle...but I too would like to know the size for a child around 6 years old...please?

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    1. Sure, I left a response for the person above with a similar question...I'll have to make one up in a bigger size and update the pattern! Fun!

      Oh and here's something that might help with knitting in the round:

      Using circular needles:
      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-knit-in-round-with-circular.html

      Using Double Pointed Needles (DPNs):
      http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-knit-wth-double-pointed-needles.html

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  16. Hi Jennifer! Not too good in knitting, but will attempt this. Question - do I use dpns to decrease? Or when do they come in. I know it sound silly but i'm clueless

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  17. We are producing 100% cotton yarn of several counts ranging from 10/s up to 40/s for knitting and weaving.
    yarn exporter in pakistan

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  18. beautiful hats, m going to try it. but for the flower or bloom, can you tell me if BO means bind off, and if KFB means to knit the front and back of each stitch. thanks for your help jut wasn't sure on these two abbreviations.

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