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Cupcake Hat Pattern July 17, 2010

Posted by life2d in Crafts.

CO 60 sts using the (double) long-tail cast on (Latvian cast-on?)

Join to knit in the round and K2P2 for 15 rounds with the ‘cake’ color

Change yarn to ‘icing’ color and knit 3 rows

Next: [k2tog, yo]x30

knit 3 rows

Next: knit each stitch together with the corresponding back loop of the 1st row of ‘icing’ color to form the picot edge (if you prefer you can do this by sewing after you are done knitting).

Knit 15 rows then start decreasing every row:

[k8, k2tog]x6

[k7, k2tog]x6

[k6, k2tog]x6

[k5, k2tog]x6

[k4, k2tog]x6

[k3, k2tog]x6

[k2, k2tog]x6

[k1, k2tog]x6


Change yarn to ‘cherry’ color and knit 1 row

Next:[ kfb]x6

Knit 2 rounds


Cut yarn and pull thru the 6 remaining stitches. Weave in all the ends.

A yarn with a gauge of 3.5sts per inch will give you a child sized hat, while a yarn with a gauge of 5.5sts/in will give you a newborn hat.



1. fabiola - August 23, 2010

thank you,i will try this one.i tried a diffrent pattern that had bobble trim,but i’m kinda new to knitting.i hope this is success.

2. life2d - August 23, 2010

I hope you find it easy to make. Make sure to share a picture when you are done. Woul love to see it! Good luck!

3. Ilene - September 18, 2010

I like the picot edge better than the bobble. Will attempt soon.

4. Mita - October 27, 2010

Just made a hat using your pattern. It turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing.


life2d - November 11, 2010

I just went to take a peek at your hat. The hat and everything else you have made are wonderful! 🙂

5. Kendra - November 1, 2010

what size needles do you use?

life2d - November 11, 2010

I have used US5 and US8 for different sizes.

6. Betsy - November 5, 2010

I love this pattern! I made one the other day and am working on an adult sized one now…CO 80 st in an aran weight yarn and doubling the height. I’ll let you know how it comes out!

life2d - November 11, 2010

Looking forward to it! 🙂

Betsy - December 3, 2010

It came out well, but I am now trying another with worsted weight, using a size 5 for the ribbing and a size 7 for the icing. Then I think I’ll crochet a cherry for the top. I’m just mangling your pattern, lol! It’s still the nicest one I’ve seen, though.

Little Artist - December 5, 2014

It works well with 100 st for an adult

7. peggy schrabeck - November 17, 2010

I was about to head to the yarn store and took a look at your cupcake hat pattern which is the one I like the best of all I have seen, and it did not say what size knitting needle, whether the same size is used for both cake and frosting parts, and what weight yarn to use or how much to get. Could you explain the double long tail cast on? What is Latvian cast on
thank you so much for your hat!!!!!!
peggy schrabeck

Betsy - December 3, 2010

Psst…I know I’m not the pattern writer so I hope it’s okay I respond…I just use the long-tail caston (I learned it from Knittinghelp.com) and I’ve only used worsted/aran weight and the corresponding needle size. Hope that helps.

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10. MaryLou - August 3, 2012

I scaled this down and have made a couple dozen of these in a preemie size for Stitches From the Heart, who sends them to hospitals for the babies in their NICU units. How do I post a picture?

life2d - August 6, 2012

That is great! I’ve made a few preemie ones for a local charity as well. 🙂 I have no idea how you can share pictures… Are you on ravelry? You can always link your project to my pattern there. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

Carol Yurik - April 18, 2013

I love your pattern. What weight yarn, amount of stitches, size needles did you use for preemie size. My knittig group is knitting/crocheting hats for preemies and newborns and this would be a perfect hat to make. thanks for your reply

life2d - April 21, 2013

I think I used sock yarn for the preemie size, following the pattern exactly. You can always adjust the number of stitches to your measurements…it’s a multiple of 4

11. emiza - August 8, 2012

Hi Ms.Life

I’m going to be an aunt very soon.
So i made a cupcake hat with your gorgeous pattern.Thank you soo much for sharing. I give your link in my blog.Best wishes from Turkey 🙂


life2d - August 10, 2012

Thank you so much for your link. Your hat turned out adorable! Congratulations on becoming an aunt! 🙂

12. Beth - September 29, 2012

Thank you for making your pattern free. I make hats for charity. I used a long bobble trim but I want to try yours and had no idea how. And I love love love the knit cherry! No time to make Pom Pom thingys!

elif - December 23, 2012

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13. mrs mix & matchMrs. D - December 29, 2012

I am in love with this hat! I’m expecting baby #4 in April 2013 and this cupcake hat would be the perfect gift for her/him. One question, how do I knit the following instruction?:

Next: knit each stitch together with the corresponding back loop of the 1st row of ‘icing’ color to form the picot edge (if you prefer you can do this by sewing after you are done knitting).

I tried to make sense of it using the picture you posted but alas, I’m a beginner knitter so I’m totally confused. Could you please help? Thanks.

geraldine - January 6, 2013

Did anyone reply to your question? I had the same problem but have figured it out..Made 2 hats so far.

14. geraldine - January 6, 2013

I love the pattern for this hat, I have looked around and this one is the best that I have come accross, I have made 2 so far, Thank you for sharing.

Jacqueline - January 15, 2013

I too love this hat and am making one now. I really had trouble with the pecot stitch. Mine didn’t look at all like yours so instead after row 3 of contrasting color from icing I purled the next 3 rows and then went back to the knit st. st. The purl rows look great a little mound of icing….Thanks, so much this helping me use up my stash. I will be writing about it on a future blog if you don’t mind and I will give you credit. Thanks

15. Janice - April 1, 2013

I am ready to make this sweet hat, but in I reading the directions, I’m confused with the part about the picot edge as stated in comment # 13 above. Can someone give an explanation? Want to make it for a baby shower in 6 days.

I also make hats for the NICU unit at Oregon Health Sciences University, so would love the CO & needle size for the preemie. Thanks so much.

life2d - April 3, 2013

If you don’t understand from the description/pictures how to make the picot edge, my advice is to just follow the directions up to there and it will either ‘click’ once you get to that step or you could just disregard that step, continue with the pattern and sew at the end the fold-over that makes the picot edge. I hope this helps.

Bonsterama - December 5, 2014

This is very good advice. I was convinced I didn’t understand this part when I read it. But I did just this and it worked. Very cute hat!

geraldine - April 7, 2013

Janice, did you figure this out?

GmaJan - April 8, 2013

Yes, I knitted a similar pattern, & was able to do it. Will do this pattern next; just have to find the speckled yarn…. Thank you for your response. I like this pattern the best~~ anxious to make it.

Sent from my iPad

geraldine - April 14, 2013

Janice, have u seen the cupcake hat on Red Heart Yarn site.type in cupcake hat red heart, I think u will really love this hat…

GmaJan - April 14, 2013

Thanks Geraldine, for calling my attention to the Red Heart Cupcake pattern again. When searching fr these hats, I saw that one, but passed it by because I didn’t like the colors. However, seeing it again, I really like it, just need to change the colors. Are you using the kind of yarn they suggest? I get a little hung up, if I want to change the yarn, with knowing what’s interchangeable.

Thank you for drawing my attention to this pattern again, & for sending the website. 😊


Sent from my iPad

geraldine - April 15, 2013

Your welcome Janice…no I do not use the yarn they suggest only if it is on sale, I try to get something very simular…adjust accordingly, takes me a while, but usually comes of right…

geraldine - April 14, 2013

Janice this is the site:http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/WR2011.pdf

I am starting this today…

16. Catherine - November 19, 2013

Catherine November 19, 2013
Thanks for your pattern it is lovely, I am resting after several operations & I find it difficult to keep myself occupied. Thank you again as this pattern will keep me busy for a while as I intend to knit a few hats.

life2d - November 24, 2013

I am glad you are enjoying the pattern. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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18. cafeacuvise - June 15, 2014

Thank you for sharing this pattern! I love the cupcake hat you made!

19. sherry walker - February 19, 2015

I just made your cupcake hat. I didnt understand how to do the picot edging after kniting it. And dont understand how to sew it now. Can you please explain how to do the picot edge now that I have the hat completed and this is the last thing I need to complete on the hat. This is such a simple pattern and I got it knitted up in a couple hours. Jyst not comprehending how to sew this picot edge.
Thank you Sherry Walker

20. Margaret. - August 11, 2015

Thank you for the pattern.
I couldn’t figure out how to do the picot part so I just left it alone. I made a few mistakes in beginning but it still turned out ok.

21. Shelagh Lamming - February 18, 2016

Just made the pattern at 66% of stitches and rows to make it fit 2-3lb babies. It looks a really sweet treat

22. mrs mix & matchMD - September 20, 2016

Hi, are you still active in this page? I am having an issue with the decrease. I added 4 extra sts to the CO (instead of the original 60) and I do not know how to decrease.

In the comment section you wrote sts can be multiplied by 4 so I added 4 sts for a slightly bigger hat, did I do that wrong?

So now I am stuck at the decrease because of the extra 4 sts. What do I do with them?? Please help.

life2d - September 25, 2016

Hi, sorry I didn’t get to this earlier. You have probably figured it out by now, but to do the decreases the way I had them set up you need a multiple of 6 stitches. You have added 4 extra already and you could add two more anywhere between the picot edge and the beginning of the decrease. You will end up with 66 sts and the decreases will start with [k9, k2tog]x6 then continue the way it was written in my post. I hope you understand this. Good luck!

23. Cathy - September 24, 2016

Maybe I’m missing something but after changing yarns and making Perot edge you say to K X amt of rows.. That would give you garter stitch, clearly your hat is SS. I’m making hats for charity and these would be precious for the wee ones.. Blessings, Cathy

life2d - September 25, 2016

Hi Cathy. Since the hat is worked in the round, knitting every row will make it look like stockinette stitch, so the instructions are correct. If you prefer to work it flat then you would have to adjust accordingly. Good luck!

24. Sara - October 2, 2016

Love this hat but how would I sew the picot afterwards? Thank You:)

25. Sara - October 2, 2016

Hello how would I go about sewing the picot after finishing the hat please? Thank You:)

life2d - October 2, 2016

Just fold the knitted frosting part alongside the yarns over row and you will see the picot edge form. Sew it in place.

Sara - October 3, 2016

Thank You:)

26. lorene - May 20, 2017

I would love to make this for my 3 year old in worsted yarn, but can’t figure out the conversion for needle size using 60 stitches. Any help?

27. Jan - January 30, 2018

And another year later, we are still loving this hat. Thank you for sharing. A friend of mine saw a little girl wearing a cupcake hat and said she would love one for her 5 year old girl for her birthday the following week. Being an experienced knitter, I told her I’d be able to make one. I adjusted the pattern a bit so I could make it using my knitting machine for that store-bought look. The picot instructions made perfect sense to me, but I can understand how a beginner could stumble a little since it’s not a technique used in all knitting projects. I used beads for sprinkles, some glow in the dark ones, and a pom pom for the cherry. Turned out perfect, and the birthday girl was so happy. Thanks for keeping the pattern free.

life2d - February 12, 2018

I am glad you are enjoying the pattern and your latest cupcake hat sounds awesome! 🙂 Are you on ravelry? I would love to see a picture of the hat.

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