Candy Shop Knit Hat


Candy Shop Knit Hat

Learn how to knit a retro-inspired hat that's as fun to knit as it is to wear!

Take a stroll back through time with this retro-inspired Candy Shop Knit Hat. Complete with sprinkles of teal yarn and a fluffy pom pom topping, you don't need mad knitting skills to make your very own version of this cozy hat.

All you need is your favorite colored yarn, circular knitting needles and a little imagination and you'll have your hat complete in no time. After all, who can resist free knit hat patterns that look like salt water taffy?

If the stitch pattern mystifies you a little bit, keep scrolling to check out a super simple video tutorial on how to knit the brick stitch on straight needles to better understand it in the round! It's much easier than it looks.


Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge16 sts and 20 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch on larger needles.

Finished Size18" (45.2 cm) circumference unstretched, 22.5" (57.15 cm) stretched, 7.25" (18.42 cm) height excluding beanie. Fits average women's adult sized head.

Materials List

  • Wool and the Gang XL Cotton Collection (100g)

    • 1 ball White Ice (A)

    • 1 ball Peacock Teal (B)

  • Size 8 circular or double-pointed needles
  • Size 10.5 circular or double-pointed needles
  • Stitch marker




Using A and size 8 needles, CO 64 sts. Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist your sts. PM to denote the beginning of the round.

K2, P2 around until brim of hat measures about 1" from CO edge.

Switch to size 10.5 needles and k around for one round.

Hat Body

Round 1: K around with A
Round 2: K2 with B, *K1 with A, K3 with B; rep from * around to last 2 sts, K1 with A, K1 with B.
Round 3: Using B, K2, *sl1wyib, K3; rep from * around to last 2 sts, sl1wyib, K1.
Round 4: As round 3
Round 5: K around with A
Round 6: *K1 with A, K3 with B; rep from * around.
Round 7: Using B, *sl1wyib, K; rep from * around.
Round 8: As round 7

Rep rounds 1-8 one more time for a total of 2 reps. Cut B. Use only A for the remainder of the pattern.

Next 3 rounds: Using A, K around.


Note: Switch to double-pointed needles when the stitches feel too stretched around the circular needles.

Round 1: *K6, K2tog; rep around. 56 sts remain.
Round 2: K around
Round 3: *K5, K2tog; rep around. 48 sts remain.
Round 4: K around
Round 5: *K4, K2tog; rep around. 40 sts remain.
Round 6: K around
Round 7: *K3, K2tog; rep around. 32 sts remain.
Round 8: K around
Round 9: *K2, K2tog; rep around. 24 sts remain.
Round 10: K around
Round 11: *K1, K2tog; rep around. 14 sts remain.
Round 12: K around
Round 13: K2tog around. 7 sts remain.

Pull yarn through remaining sts and tighten to cinch closed. Attach pom pom if desired.


Weave in ends. Block.


cast on
place marker
Slip the next st onto your righthand needle with working yarn held in back
knit next 2 sts together

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