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Hot Air Balloon Hats


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Knitting for babies and kids has never been this adorable! These Hot Air Balloon Hats include sizing options for both a knit baby hat and knit child's hat. Created with fluffy pom poms and a twisted cable design, these hats are visually striking and perfect for keeping little noggins nice and toasty.

Special thanks to Karidenver 5848988 for selecting the name "Hot Air Balloon Hats."

Hot Air Balloon Hat
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Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

SIZES: Baby (kids)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:  Head Circumference 15-16" (17–18”)


Baby Hat: 

  • Caron International's Simply Soft (100% acrylic)
    • #9726 Soft Yellow (MC), 2 1/2 oz/71 gr
    • #9719 Soft Pink (A), 1 oz/28.3 gr;
    • #9739 Soft Green (B), 1oz/28.3 gr

Kids’ Hat:

  • Caron International's Simply Soft Brites (100% acrylic)
    • #9504 Limelight (MC), 3 oz/85 gr
    • #9609 Berry Blue (A), 1 oz/28.3 gr
    • #9604 Watermelon (B), 1 oz/28.3 gr
  • One circular needle size US 8 (5mm) needles 20" or 24" long or size to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle (cn)
  • Yarn needle
  • Pompom maker for 1 1/2" pompoms




In k2, p2 rib, 20 sts and 24 rows = 4"/10cm

In Crisscross stitch, 20 sts and 24 rows = 4"/10cm


K2, p2 rib

Right Cross: Slip 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn needle.

Left Cross: Slip 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2, k2 from cn

Crisscross stitch: (multiple of 6 + 2 for selvage edges)


Row 1: Knit.

Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: Purl.

Row 3: K1, *right cross on 4 sts, k2; repeat from * across, ending with k1.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 7: K1, *k2, left cross on 4 sts; repeat from * across, ending with k1.

Row 8: Purl

Repeat Rows 1-8 for the Crisscross pattern.



With A, cast on 74 (86) sts. Work in k2, p2 rib for 3 rows. With B, work in k2, p2 rib for 3 rows. With MC, purl 1 row.

With MC, work in Crisscross pattern for 5" (6"), ending with pattern Row 4.


Row 5: *K8, k2 tog; repeat from *to* across, ending with k4 (k6) -- 67 (78) sts.

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K3, *work left cross on next 4 sts, k2tog; repeat from * across, ending with k4 (k3) -- 57 (66) sts.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 1: *K3, k2tog; repeat from * to* across, ending with k2 (1) -- 46 (53) sts.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * across, ending with k2 (1) -- 35 (40) sts.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: *K1, k2tog; rep from * across, ending with k2 (1) -- 24 (27) sts.

For Baby only:

Row 6: P2 tog across -- 12 sts. End off leaving a long enough tail to sew back seam. Note: Hat should measure approximately. 6".

For Kids’ only:

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K2 tog across, end k1 -- 14 sts.

Row 8: Purl. End off here leaving a long enough tail to sew back seam.

s Hat is approx. 7 1/2".



Sew back seam.


Make 6 for each hat -- 2 in each of the 3 colors used. Leave about a 6-7" tail on each pompom. Pull all the tails from the 6 pompoms through the hole in top of hat and secure tightly on the inside of hat.

Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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Good! I did not want these to look like hot air balloons. I am glad I did not pass this up. These hats are cute.

These don't really look like hot air balloons.

I love these! I am definitely going to be making a few, as I have a granddaughter that is almost 3 years old, and another grandchild on the way in June, so I have my knitting projects lining up, for sure! Can't wait to see how these turn out, and there is a LOT of potential for little changes here and there for artistic personalizing! Can't help but smile when you see these!

Hat pattern is great I made it for great grandchildren and grandchildren wanted it also. Just wish pattern could be downloaded to my computer.

also, round needles have no purl rows! and yes, this pattern is available on as a free pattern.

The hat is adorable, but why do the instructions say Finishing: sew back seam. A #8 circular needle should indicate the hat is knit in the round, using a 16" needle should work for the amount of stitches or much longer for magic loop.

Why is AFK renaming patterns? This pattern is called Pom Pom Hats with Simply Soft on Caron's website. You can get the pattern in pdf format there.

Lollipop Twins comes to mind. They remind me of Christmas candy.

Bon Bon Baby Beanies

Hot Air Balloons or Up, Up and Away!

I would call this hat: Cabled Heaven

adorable..I can't wait to make one. I think I'd call it sideways shuffle hat or Cris Cross hat

Chutes & Ladders

I think the hats are great and I would name them Sherbet Souffle.

This hat is so neat. It looks just like cotton candy so I wold name it "Cotton Candy Cables"


Babaloonie Hat

I think the name should be popcycle ric rac hat. its colorful like a popcycle and patterned like ric rac.

Baby Tiny Bubbles

How abut "Cross-Stitched Cables". I'm going to start one tonight!

Name this hat. Lollypop Hat SugarPlum Cap


I call them "Hopscotch baby". Sue Parada

I call them "Hopscotch baby". Sue Parada

These awesome hats should be named "Frassy and Dazzy Bubbles"

sherbet delight

My name for these hats will be: Sweetie Pie Pompoms

I think that the 'Ziggy Pom Hat' is a cute idea for a name.

I would call them rainbow sherbet pom-pom hats.

I would name the hats Lime Swizzle or Lemon Swizzle

Hot Air Balloon Hats

I think they look like Christmas ribbon candy

name for this baby hat: "Twisted Baby ZigZag"

I would name this hat the: POMPOM RIPPLE HAT and I love this pattern.

Hide and seek


Twisted sherbet

I would cal this pattern "Posies in a Basket" because the cap of the hat reminds me of a basket and the pompoms look like cheerful little flowers!

I would name it "Toddlers Path". Reminds me of a baby beginning to walk

I would name this Curvy candy with Fruit Pops Pompom Hat.

I"d name the baby cap....Baby Kisses it has x's in it.... Nancy Kercheval

My suggestion: Candyland

Bribbles :)

The beautiful hat should be called "Fruity Popsicle"

They're so cute. I think they should be named Bubble Gum or Jawbreaker Hats because of the varied colors. That's the way the bubble gum balls & Jawbreakers look like in the machines at the grocery stores. It reminds me of when I was a child--good memories!

I would call them "Cotton Candy Tops for Tots"

I name them Poppy Tops!

To me they look like "ice cream cone" hats.

My suggestion is "Tisket a Tasket a Baby in a Basket". Very cute.

The zig-zag pattern reminds me of BABY suggestion for the hat's name.

I think they are adorable and should be called POM POM DELIGHT HATS.

They are so adorable. Perhaps Gumball Baby Hats? The yellow one reminds me of Cotton Candy and the green one of gumballs.

My suggestion would be "criss cross cutie"

I would call the Fruity Ric Rac Baby Beanies - bright coloured zig zggy patterned baby hats

Adorable hats I would name the hat KIDDIE TASSLE SALANN

I would call them waffle beanies, because of the waffle pattern used.

I would call them "Squiggly Wigglies"

The colors remind me of sherbert ice cream. I would call them "Sherbert Delights."

I'm anxious to try them. I' call the pattern "Zig then Zag". They are both beautiful!!

The hats are s-o-o cute. The top reminds me of gum drops. My suggestion is "Gumdrop Tots". Joan Vennetti

I love the hat!!! I would call it Bubbles and Cables

the green one I would call - Twisted Cool Mint - Yellow - twisted limon

Looks like 'Balloons on Squigles Hat' to me. Jodi

Run Baby Run. Love the pattern for a special little one who has discovered walking. Their EVERY WHERE.

I think the hats are The Kats Meow. Cn't wait to make them.

really adorable hats...How about "Waves for Babes"

I really thnk this is a special had ! I would name it Cable Sundae

I think Pastel Pom Pom Wiggle hats would be fun!

Adorable Hats! Tooty Fruity Pom Pom Hats

Totally cute and what I have been looking for to make for 2 grandchildren. My name suggestion: "Citrus Cuties" 9/17/11 Marge K

I would call this hat "Scoops of Sherbet."

The first thought I had was "county fair"' Pam G.

My name for the hat is "Sugar and Spice"

Cute hats. Call them Pom Pom Top

How about Over and Under for this cute baby hat?

First thing I thought of was: Ziggy Pom-Pom. I've made this hat & It is ADORABLE!!

Tutti-Fruitti or Rainbow

BubbleGum Hat

I think the adorable hat should be called "The Rainbow Bubble Hat". Thank you, Shelley Yockelson

Sweet as Candy Hat

Snow cone hats

Ice Cream Cone.

My suggestion for the no name hat is - "baby basket weaver' hat

sundae hats love them

Cupcake Icing Hat


nsuggles and cuddles hats

Pom Poms Ahead!!!

sweet baby pompoms

Softy Pompom hat

Would call hat pattern "Pompom ripple".. they are sooo cute!

How about 'Balls of Fun'

I'd call them Lemon n Lime Beanies or Berry Citrus Beanies because they remind me of lemony fruits with berries for pom poms

I would name them " Pom-Pom Cuties " They are adorable!

Hi I think Lollypoms would be a good name!!

I think....Confetti Caps! Very cute!

I would call the first one Holiday Marshmellows because it reminds me of when I was a kid and the marshmellows would come in different colors for the holidays and the other one would be Cotton Candy because it reminds me of when I used to sell jewelry at the carnivals.

I Like the name " funtime beanies'


I would call them Pom-Pom-adores.

I would call them Sweet Sherbet.

My snuggly

These are so cute I would call the Squizzle Hats!

Zigzags & Cotton Candy Pompoms is what I would call this hat pattern.

Such cute baby hats!br br I would call them "Lollypops" - or - "Sherbet Cones"br br Thanks for the br br Carolyn Stanzelbr

Such cute baby hats!br br I would call them "Lollypops" - or - "Sherbet Cones"br br Thanks for the br br Carolyn Stanzelbr

Cabled Sherbet - cute little hats and so different!

Snow Cone Flurry

I would call the hat zig zags and lollypops.

Candy Allsorts would be a good name for these hats

SCOOPS (Like scoops of ice cream)

These are SOOOO adorable, the 1st name that came to my mind is-- "Sherbet Toppings" I can't wait to make them. Thank-you so much. Sharon

I believe that these beautiful hat should be called Pastel Delights..

Sherbert Babies!!!!

beautiful cable scoops of ice cream

Tutti Fruities

I think they should be named Hugs & Kisses Baby Caps, because the cables remind me of the x's for kisses and the pompoms on top are the hugs!

I think "cable cuties" would be a good name for these great looking little hats.

The hats are great I think they should be called soft ripples with pompoms

My first thought was "Cotton Candy"!

I'd call them Lemon Sherbet and Kiwi Cables. They're so cute!

I think they should be call Little Cozie Caps. Jan 7493572

Add a couple of little jingle bells to the top knot and call it Dingle Berry.

I think these hats should be called "Gumdrop Hats." Love them!!

These hats are amazing! They should be called "Squiggles".

My suggestion is: Sorbet Ole'....they look good enough to eat! Really cute!

I think these adorable hats should be called Crisscross Apple sause hats.

How about "Cool Candy Caps" Love the colours.

Little Crooked Path Caps

How about NanNa's hat for nanna's angel.

I think these cute hats should be called "Cotton Candy".

Sweet Baby Hat's

CrissCross Caps

fruit sorbet

Pom Pom Sunday

Rainbow Baby Beanies

RIC RAC Hat or Snowball Ric Rak Hat

Lime Fizz and Lemon Drop

Ice Cream Sunday baby hats : )

Yummy Toppings For Little Darlings

gum drop beanie or gum drop hat Nancy Petty


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