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Colorful Candy Baby Hat Free Pattern with Tutorial Videos!

Updated on April 16, 2016
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I'm a knitter, mother, sister, and friend who likes to write cute and simple knitting patterns for babies.

Are you looking for a free and beautiful cable knit baby hat pattern? Here is what you are looking for exactly. Candies on the hat are created by an interesting cable stitch called Cross 6 (C6). This little hat is knitted with two leftover yarns and looks like many colorful candies on the hat. It is not only suitable for intermediate knitters who know how to knit basic cables but beginner knitters can also try with following YouTube videos.

This pattern has one size for 6 to 18 months babies. It's cute and not very difficult to knit. Knit for your lovely baby to be warm in cooler months or make for a perfect gift. Have fun!

Colorful Candy Baby Hat

(c) whiteflowerneedle 2012
(c) whiteflowerneedle 2012
(c) whiteflowerneedle 2012
(c) whiteflowerneedle 2012
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Pattern Instructions

This pattern has only one size from 6 to 18 months and the hat is approximately 6.5 inches long.

This hat is knitted with category 4 medium worsted weight yarn total of 60 g/ 79 m/ 86 yds. You will need approx. 52 yds of Caron Simply Soft (Baby Brights Ombre 9801) for color A and approx. 34 yds of Caron Simply Soft (Baby Plum Wine 9722) for color B to get the same pattern.

For the pattern you will need a 16 inches long US 5/ 3.75 mm circular needle, a set of US 5/ 3.75 mm double pointed needles, cable needle and a yarn needle.


K - Knit, P - Purl, YO - Yarn Over

SSK - Slip 2 stitches knit-wise, insert the left needle through the front of both loops and knit together

K2tog - Knit two together, P2tog - Purl two together

C6 (Cross 6) - Slip 4 onto cable needle and hold in front of work, K2, Slip 2 from cable needle to back to left needle, pass cable needle with 2 remaining knit sts to back of work, P2 from left-hand needle, K2 from cable needle

C4F - Slip 2 onto cable needle and hold in front of work, K2 from left-hand needle, K2 from cable needle

sts - stitches

[ ] - work directions in bracket the number of times specified


22 sts x 30 rows for 4" x 4"/ 10 cm x 10 cm in Stocking Sts

Let's start to knit.

Cast on 110 sts with Color A by using the circular needle. Join to knit in the round and place a marker to remember the starting stitch.
Round 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: [K2, P2, K2, P4] 11 times.
Round 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27: [K6, P1, YO, SSK, P1] 11 times.
Round 8, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30: [K6, P4] 11 times.
Round 9, 17, 21, 29: [K6, P1, K2tog, YO, P1] 11 times.
Round 12: [C6, P4] 11 times.
Round 13: Change Color B. [K6, P1, K2tog, YO, P1] 11 times.
Round 25: Change Color A. [C6, P1, K2tog, YO, P1] 11 times.
Round 31: [K2, P2, K2, P1, YO, SSK, P1] 11 times.
Round 32, 33, 34, 35, 36: [K2, P2, K2, P4] 11 times.

Start decreasing and shape top.
Round 37: Change Color B. [K2, K2tog, K2, P4] 11 times. (99) sts
Round 38: [K5, P4] 11 times.
Round 39: [K1, K2tog, K2, P4] 11 times. (88) sts
Round 40: [C4F, P4] 11 times.
Round 41: Change Color A. [K4, P2tog, P2] 11 times. (77) sts

Replace the stitches onto double pointed needles for easier to knit.
Round 42: [K4, P3] 11 times.
Round 43: [K4, P2tog, P1] 11 times. (66) sts
Round 44: [K4, P2] 11 times.
Round 45: [C4F, P2tog] 11 times. (55) sts
Round 46: [K4, P1] 11 times.
Round 47: [K2tog, K2, P1] 11 times. (44) sts
Round 48: [K2tog, K1, P1] 11 times. (33) sts
Round 49: [K2tog, P1] 11 times. (22) sts
Round 50: [K2tog] 11 times. (11) sts


Cut the yarn about 6 inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, draw up firmly, fasten securely and weave in the wrong side of work. Weave in the other ends too.

This pattern is for personal use only and not for commercial sale.

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How to knit C6 (Cross 6) Cable

How to knit C4F (Cable 4 Front)

How to knit SSK (Slip, Slip, Kit)

How to knit K2tog (Knit 2 together)

How to knit P2tog (Purl 2 together)

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    • whiteflowerneedle profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Hills 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your support and encouragement ripplemaker. I feel excited to know who will win the HubNuggets.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I confess it would take me ages to knit something. The last time I tried was still in High School when we had projects we had to do and my cousin ended up helping me ...(ssshhh it's our little secret.) Hats off to those who can do this. I think I will just end up buying from those who can knit heheheh

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. You should bring this cute hat when you read and vote this way

    • whiteflowerneedle profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Hills 

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much Wonder wool. I am so happy I found Hubpages.

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      Priyanka Estambale 

      8 years ago from United States

      Soo cute...!!! loved it!! Voted up! Welcome to Hubpages Whiteflowerneedle. Hope you have a great time and reach your goals on hubpages..!!


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