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Comfy Cotton Candy Cap

Comfy Cotton Candy Cap

In the bleak midwinter, we clutch at every bright reminder of summer sun and fun. Warm your head and heart with a knit hat pattern reminiscent of everyone's favorite carnival sweet. The Comfy Cotton Candy Cap is the perfect pattern for any knitter looking for instructions on how to knit a hat that's fast and fashionable. This simple pattern knits up quickly, and its bright color will add so much sweetness to your day, you'll want to eat it right up.


Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, 11 or 8 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Red Heart Heads Up (3.5 oz, 106 yd) 701 Candy Pink - 1 ball
  • Susan Bates Circular knitting needles: 6.5 mm (US 10.5) and 8 mm (US 11), 16" (40.6 cm) long
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle



10 sts and 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) with larger needles. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain gauge given.



Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.



Hat circumference measures 20” (22”, 24”)
[50.8 (55.88, 60.96) cm]



K = knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 sts together
mm = millimeters
P = Purl
P2tog = Purl next 2 sts together
st(s) = stitch(es)
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.



With smaller needles, cast on 52 (56, 60) sts.
Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round.
Rounds 1-14: *K2, P2; repeat from * around for ribbing.

Change to larger needles.
Rounds 15-17: *P3, K1; repeat from * around.
Rounds 18-20: P1, *K1, P3; repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Repeat Rounds 15 – 20 four times.
Repeat rounds 15-17 one last time.

Last round:
*P2tog, K2tog; repeat from * around—26 (28, 30) sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 12” (30.48 cm) tail.
With yarn needle, thread yarn tail through all 26 (28, 30) sts twice. Cinch top of hat as tightly as possible without breaking yarn.
Weave in all loose ends.


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Another bright pink hat and so pretty. Of course you can do this in another color if you want. The directions are easy to follow and should knit up quickly. The pattern has a nice texture to it which will make it look anything but ordinary. Thank you for the pattern.

What a super quick and easy pattern the Cotton Candy cap is. Great way for a beginner to work up their first hat. And a more skilled knitter can whip up many very quickly. I am looking forward to working on a few for presents, and also to donate.

The pattern says to repeat rows 15-20 four times. Is this 4 times total or 5? Do you count the original rounds 15-20 in the 4 rounds? It seems like it will be too long with 5 repeats. I like a 10.5 needle for the whole hat. Ripped out the 11 needlework since it was too loose.

Yes, you will end up making 5 rows.

No, it is 4 times total, otherwise the pattern would say 4 times more, so it is 4 times total, meaning you are doing a total of 24 rows, 6 rows times 4 is 24 rows total, not 30 rows, unless you want it longer.

Hi, I can't see in this pattern when how or where you decrease for shaping.

Hi lynnhalliday43 1332548, Thanks for notifying us! Please see updated pattern above. -Editors of AllFreeKnitting


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