Free Knitting Pattern! Cotton Candy Hat

Cotton Candy Toddler Hat

By Jennifer Dickerson

Cotton Candy is a fun toddler hat that is easy to knit, finished off with a big beautiful bloom.


  • Worsted weight yarn in fun color(s) of your choice

  • US8 16” Circular Needle for hat

  • 4 US8 DPNs for hat

  • US10.5 Straight needles for flower

  • Tapestry Needle

  • Stitch Marker


  • 24 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches


  • Toddler (1-3 years)

Instructions for Hat:

CO 72 sts

PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work 6 rounds of K2, P2 ribbing

Work in st st (knit each round) until hat measures 6.5” from CO edge


Row 1: K2, K2tog around

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: K1, K2tog around

Row 4: Knit

Row 5: K2tog around

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends.

Instructions for Bloom:

CO 10 sts

Row 1: KFB each st to end of row (20 sts)

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: KFB each st to end of row (40 sts)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: KFB each st to end of row (80 sts)

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: KFB each st to end of row (160 sts)

BO all sts


Stitch bloom to hat and weave in ends.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013

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35 thoughts on “Free Knitting Pattern! Cotton Candy Hat

  1. Getting ready to begin your great Cotton Candy Toddler Hat. What is the gauge for this? I see you call for worsted weight yarn and also would like to know if DK weight would work? Thanks.

  2. Hi Suzanne! The gauge is 24 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches. Thanks for your interest in the Cotton Candy Hat! Happy knitting and please let me know if you have any additional questions!

    PS I updated the ravelry page for the pattern too with the gauge…

    1. I started this pattern and it reads work in st st (knit each round) which do I do st st ..stocking stitch which is knit a row purl a row OR knit each row?? Thank you Anne

    2. When you are using a circular needle, then knit each round comes out as stocking stitch. You just need to ensure that you use a marker before the 1st stitch that you carry forward at the beginning of each round otherwise it's easy to lose the beginning of each round. Good luck with the hat, a circular needle will produce a much neater finish.

  3. This hat is so adorable! But, I am wondering if you could give instructions for a 6 year old girl? I've made the hat for "Dolly" and would love to see my twin grandaughters wearing the hat along with their dolls.

  4. Jennifer, thank you for the very pretty patterns. I also do alot of knitting for the babies at our hosptial when they are first born, thier little heads need to be warm, so once again thanks. Karen

  5. @ Bev C…just sent you a message via Ravelry 🙂

    @ Karen You are so welcome! It warms my heart to know the little ones are so cared for!

  6. Hi Jennifer,
    I love your cotton candy hat! Would love to use the same yarn that you did for model pattern-can you share that with us?
    Happy knitting

    1. Sure, with this hat I wanted it to be washable and tough, but still bright and pretty. I used Red Heart Super Saver in the "bon bon" print and the shocking pink color of the same yarn for the flower. Thanks so much and happy knitting to you too! 🙂

    1. Sorry, I'm unable to do that but if you want to just print the pattern text from this site, you can always highlight the text you need, then right click with your mouse and select copy, then paste to a word document.

      Doing it that way allows you to save it too if you need to. Hope that helps!

  7. How cute! I plan on knitting this for my granddaughter for next winter. She will be 5 years old and usually has a pony tail. If I increase the size of the needles will I be able to knit it to fit her? I love the flower!

    1. Increasing the needle size would definitely make it bigger…also you could cast on more stitches…just do it in increases of 4 so that the decrease works out. Also, the hat is very stretchy, I know of a four year old who wears this hat still.

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    Love this!! And so does my daughter!
    Could you please give me instructions for a little larger–my daughter is 5.

    1. Sure! I'd have to knit one up to get an exact number, but you could always go up a needle size or two, or cast more on a few more stitches…just do it in increases of 4 so that the decrease works out. Also, the hat is very stretchy, I know of a four year old who wears this hat (as made according to the pattern above) still and it fits nicely.

  9. This is so pretty, and it is insisting I stop resisting the 'circular' needle…but I too would like to know the size for a child around 6 years old…please?

  10. beautiful hats, m going to try it. but for the flower or bloom, can you tell me if BO means bind off, and if KFB means to knit the front and back of each stitch. thanks for your help jut wasn't sure on these two abbreviations.

  11. Hi you should be able to – there's a neat way and a quick way..
    The neat way is to highlight from the pattern title down to below the Copyright notice wording. Right click your mouse and choose copy. Open a blank Word document and right click your mouse and choose paste. You now have the pattern. Click 'save as' and choose PDF from the list – name the file and choose where you want to save it.
    The easy way is to Click the 'print friendly' icon at the bottom of the pattern.
    The 2nd line of the box that appears is 'destination' and should show the name of your printer. Click 'change' and choose 'save as PDF. You will need to type '1, 2' in the 'pages box, otherwise you will end up with all of the comments as well. You will be able to change the filename and choose the save destination. Hope that helps.

  12. I am a beginning knitter and would like to make this adorable hat for an infant – 3 months old. What's the best way to downsize this pattern? Knit fewer rows? Use a smaller gauge needle? Both? Thanks in advance.

  13. Hi! Want to make this for my niece as well as the matching dill hats but she is 8 yrs old. How would you make it for a young girl? How many more stitches would you add? Help!!

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