Momma’s Cupcake Hat Knit Pattern

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Free Cupcake Hat Knitting Pattern

Back when I first started designing knit and crochet patterns in 2011, Charlie, my first child, was my sweet little cupcake.  Looking back at that time now, it feels like I had endless amounts of time to dote on my little cupcake.  Which is why I started making all sorts of cute hats in the first place, hehe.

One of my very first designs was this cute knitted cupcake hat pattern.  Charlie was such a good sport modeling all of my hats….even if some of them were a bit girly.  I’ve been lucky to have such adorable models at my disposal!

free cupcake hat knitting pattern

Charlie in one of my first Cupcake Hats

Since then, this pattern has been a timeless favorite in all of my shops.  Every mother loves their cupcake.

This free cupcake hat knitting pattern features super bulky (6) weight making it a quick knit for any skill level capable of working in the round.

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Momma’s Cupcake Hat Knit Pattern

Average Head Circumference Size Chart

Newborn:

13-14″ (33-35.5cm)

0-3 Months:

14-15″ (35.5-38cm)

3-6 Months:

14-17″ (35.5-43cm)

6-12 Months:

16-19″ (40.5-48cm)

Toddler 1-3 Years:

18-20″ (45.75-50.75cm)

Child:

19-20.5″ (48.25-52cm)

 

Materials

  • Yarn: Approximately 60-120 yards of super bulky (6) yarn (or use two strands of worsted held double)
  • Smaller Sizes: Approx. 30 Color 1 (Base), Approx. 30 Color 2 (Frosting)
  • Larger Sizes: Approx. 60 Color 1 (Base), Approx. 60 Color 2 (Frosting)
  • Knitting Needles: Size 10.0mm (US15) Double Pointed Needles OR whatever size is needed to achieve gauge
  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle

Gauge

5 sts and 6 rows = 2 inches (5 centimeters) in Stockinette Stitch

***It is important to check your gauge!***

Abbreviations

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • K2tog: Knit the next two stitches together (decrease)
  • P2tog: Purl the next two stitches together (decrease)
  • **: Repeat the section in between the two stars as specified

Newborn Pattern

Cast on 28 sts with cupcake base color

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: *K2, P2*  Repeat around

Rounds 2 – 6: Repeat round 1

Round 7: Purl

Pick up frosting color

Round 8: Knit

Rounds 9 – 11: Purl

Round 12: *K2tog, K5*  Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 13: Knit

Rounds 14 – 16: Purl

Round 17: *K2tog, K4*  Repeat around (20 total sts)

Round 18: Knit

Round 19: *P2tog, P3*  Repeat around (16 total sts)

Round 20: Purl

Round 21: *P2tog, P2*  Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 22: *K2tog, K1*  Repeat around (8 total sts)

Round 23: *K2tog*  Repeat around (4 total sts)

If topping with a cherry, skip Round 24.  If not topping with a cherry don’t skip.

Round 24: Purl

No Cherry:

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Manipulate the top to look like a dab of frosting.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cherry:

Do not bind off.  If topping with a cherry:  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

For cherry, take approx 4 ft. of red yarn, doubled over.  Tie a knot in the middle.  Working around this knot, continue to tie knots until you have a circular ball of yarn the size of a cherry.  Using yarn needle, secure to the top of the hat.  Also using your needle, thread a small piece of brown yarn through the top piece of yarn on the cherry.  Tie knots into the brown yarn so it looks like a stem.  Cut off ends.

For sprinkles, use any scrap yarn you may have lying around.  Cut approx 7 inch piece and tie a knot in the middle.  If the yarn is worsted weight or smaller, tie a second knot.  Using your yarn needle, attach to the cupcake and tie on the inside of the hat.

Baby 0-3 Months Pattern

Cast on 30 sts with cupcake base color

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: K2, *P2, K2* Repeat around

Rounds 2 – 7: Repeat round 1

Round 8: Purl

Pick up frosting color

Round 9: Knit

Rounds 10 – 12: Purl

Round 13: *K2tog, K13*  Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 14: *K2tog, K5*  Repeat around (24 total sts)

Rounds 15 – 17: Purl

Round 18: *K2tog, K4*  Repeat around (20 total sts)

Round 19: Knit

Round 20: *P2tog, P3*  Repeat around (16 total sts)

Round 21: Purl

Round 22: *P2tog, P2*  Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 23: *K2tog, K1*  Repeat around (8 total sts)

Round 24: *K2tog*  Repeat around (4 total sts)

If topping with a cherry, skip Round 25.  If not topping with a cherry don’t skip.

Round 25: Purl

No Cherry: 

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Manipulate the top to look like a dab of frosting.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cherry:

Do not bind off.  If topping with a cherry:  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

For cherry, take approx 4 ft. of red yarn, doubled over.  Tie a knot in the middle.  Working around this knot, continue to tie knots until you have a circular ball of yarn the size of a cherry.  Using yarn needle, secure to the top of the hat.  Also using your needle, thread a small piece of brown yarn through the top piece of yarn on the cherry.  Tie knots into the brown yarn so it looks like a stem.  Cut off ends.

For sprinkles, use any scrap yarn you may have lying around.  Cut approx 7 inch piece and tie a knot in the middle.  If the yarn is worsted weight or smaller, tie a second knot.  Using your yarn needle, attach to the cupcake and tie on the inside of the hat.

Baby 3-6 Months Pattern

Cast on 32 sts with cupcake base color

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: *K2, P2*  Repeat around

Rounds 2 – 7: Repeat round 1

Round 8: Purl

Pick up frosting color

Round 9: Knit

Rounds 10 – 13: Purl

Round 14: *K2tog, K6*  Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 15: *K2tog, K12*  Repeat around (26 total sts)

Rounds 16 – 19: Purl

Round 20: *K2tog, K11*  Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 21: *K2tog, K4*  Repeat around (20 total sts)

Round 22: Purl

Round 23: *P2tog, P3*  Repeat around (16 total sts)

Round 24: Purl

Round 25: *P2tog, P2*  Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 26: *K2tog, K1*  Repeat around (8 total sts)

Round 27: *K2tog*  Repeat around (4 total sts)

If topping with a cherry, skip Round 28.  If not topping with a cherry don’t skip.

Round 28: Purl

No Cherry:

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Manipulate the top to look like a dab of frosting.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cherry:

Do not bind off.  If topping with a cherry:  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

For cherry, take approx 4 ft. of red yarn, doubled over.  Tie a knot in the middle.  Working around this knot, continue to tie knots until you have a circular ball of yarn the size of a cherry.  Using yarn needle, secure to the top of the hat.  Also using your needle, thread a small piece of brown yarn through the top piece of yarn on the cherry.  Tie knots into the brown yarn so it looks like a stem.  Cut off ends.

For sprinkles, use any scrap yarn you may have lying around.  Cut approx 7 inch piece and tie a knot in the middle.  If the yarn is worsted weight or smaller, tie a second knot.  Using your yarn needle, attach to the cupcake and tie on the inside of the hat.

Baby 6-12 Months Pattern

Cast on 36 sts with cupcake base color

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: *K2, P2*  Repeat around

Rounds 2 – 7: Repeat round 1

Round 8: Purl

Pick up frosting color

Round 9: Knit

Rounds 10 – 14: Purl

Round 15: *K2tog, K7*  Repeat around (32 total sts)

Round 16: Knit

Round 17: *K2tog, K6*  Repeat around (28 total sts)

Rounds 18 – 22: Purl

Round 23: *K2tog, K5*  Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 24: *K2tog, K4*  Repeat around (20 total sts)

Round 25: Purl

Round 26: *P2tog, P3*  Repeat around (16 total sts)

Round 27: Purl

Round 28: *P2tog, P2*  Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 29: *K2tog, K1*  Repeat around (8 total sts)

Round 30: *K2tog*  Repeat around (4 total sts)

If topping with a cherry, skip Round 31.  If not topping with a cherry don’t skip.

Round 31: Purl

No Cherry: 

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Manipulate the top to look like a dab of frosting.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cherry:

Do not bind off.  If topping with a cherry:  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

For cherry, take approx 4 ft. of red yarn, doubled over.  Tie a knot in the middle.  Working around this knot, continue to tie knots until you have a circular ball of yarn the size of a cherry.  Using yarn needle, secure to the top of the hat.  Also using your needle, thread a small piece of brown yarn through the top piece of yarn on the cherry.  Tie knots into the brown yarn so it looks like a stem.  Cut off ends.

For sprinkles, use any scrap yarn you may have lying around.  Cut approx 7 inch piece and tie a knot in the middle.  If the yarn is worsted weight or smaller, tie a second knot.  Using your yarn needle, attach to the cupcake and tie on the inside of the hat.

Toddler 1-3 Year Pattern

Cast on 40 sts with cupcake base color

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: *K2, P2*  Repeat around

Rounds 2 – 7: Repeat round 1

Round 8: Purl

Pick up frosting color

Round 9: Knit

Rounds 10 – 15: Purl

Round 16: *K2tog, K8*  Repeat around (36 total sts)

Round 17: Knit

Round 18: *K2tog, K7*  Repeat around (32 total sts)

Rounds 19 – 23: Purl

Round 24: *K2tog, K6*  Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 25: *K2tog, K5*  Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 26: *K2tog, K4*  Repeat around (20 total sts)

Round 27: Purl

Round 28: *P2tog, P3*  Repeat around (16 total sts)

Round 29: Purl

Round 30: *P2tog, P2*  Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 31: Purl

Round 32: *K2tog, K1*  Repeat around (8 total sts)

Round 33: *K2tog*  Repeat around (4 total sts)

If topping with a cherry, skip Round 34.  If not topping with a cherry don’t skip.

Round 34: Purl

No Cherry:

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Manipulate the top to look like a dab of frosting.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cherry:

Do not bind off.  If topping with a cherry:  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

For cherry, take approx 4 ft. of red yarn, doubled over.  Tie a knot in the middle.  Working around this knot, continue to tie knots until you have a circular ball of yarn the size of a cherry.  Using yarn needle, secure to the top of the hat.  Also using your needle, thread a small piece of brown yarn through the top piece of yarn on the cherry.  Tie knots into the brown yarn so it looks like a stem.  Cut off ends.

For sprinkles, use any scrap yarn you may have lying around.  Cut approx 7 inch piece and tie a knot in the middle.  If the yarn is worsted weight or smaller, tie a second knot.  Using your yarn needle, attach to the cupcake and tie on the inside of the hat.


Child Pattern

Cast on 44 sts with cupcake base color

Join in the round and place stitch marker

Round 1: *K2, P2*  Repeat around

Rounds 2 – 8: Repeat round 1

Round 9: Purl

Pick up frosting color

Round 10: Knit

Rounds 11 – 16: Purl

Round 17: *K2tog, K9*  Repeat around (40 total sts)

Round 18: *K2tog, K8*  Repeat around (36 total sts)

Round 19: *K2tog, K7*  Repeat around (32 total sts)

Rounds 20 – 24: Purl

Round 25: *K2tog, K6*  Repeat around (28 total sts)

Round 26: *K2tog, K5*  Repeat around (24 total sts)

Round 27: *K2tog, K4*  Repeat around (20 total sts)

Round 28: Purl

Round 29: Purl

Round 30: *P2tog, P3*  Repeat around (16 total sts)

Round 31: Purl

Round 32: *P2tog, P2*  Repeat around (12 total sts)

Round 33: *K2tog, K1*  Repeat around (8 total sts)

Round 34: *K2tog*  Repeat around (4 total sts)

If topping with a cherry, skip Round 34.  If not topping with a cherry don’t skip.

Round 35: Purl

No Cherry:

Do not bind off.  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Manipulate the top to look like a dab of frosting.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

Cherry:

Do not bind off.  If topping with a cherry:  Cut approx. 7 inch tail.  Using yarn needle, remove all sts from DPNs or magic loop, as if to purl.   Pull tail through sts to cinch the top of hat.  Using yarn needle, pull tail through to the inside of the hat.  Tie a knot and weave in ends.

For cherry, take approx 4 ft. of red yarn, doubled over.  Tie a knot in the middle.  Working around this knot, continue to tie knots until you have a circular ball of yarn the size of a cherry.  Using yarn needle, secure to the top of the hat.  Also using your needle, thread a small piece of brown yarn through the top piece of yarn on the cherry.  Tie knots into the brown yarn so it looks like a stem.  Cut off ends.

For sprinkles, use any scrap yarn you may have lying around.  Cut approx 7 inch piece and tie a knot in the middle.  If the yarn is worsted weight or smaller, tie a second knot.  Using your yarn needle, attach to the cupcake and tie on the inside of the hat.

 

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2 Comments On “Momma’s Cupcake Hat Knit Pattern”

  1. Do you have the pattern for knitting this hat with regular yarn rather than bulky. Thanks. Linda. Love the hat bulky also.

    Reply

    • Hey Linda! I don’t have this pattern for worsted weight, I’m sorry. You could hold two strands of worsted together to make the bulky weight though 🙂 Good luck!

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