This hat will make you want to start chowing on your child’s head. It’s the original cupcake hat, first published freely on the internet in 2005. It’s the most popular pattern I have ever made, it’s everywhere. It was even on the View, apparently. Who knew Snoop and Babs were fans? Anyhow, this is where you can get it for free. Scroll to the bottom for updates and alternative toppings.
- Acrylic yarn in the following colors:
- Cup (CC): 1 skein Gold Worsted Weight
- Frosting (FC) : 1 skein Pale Pink
- Cherry: Scrap Red Yarn, preferably Chunky
- Size US 7 (4.5 mm) DPN, OR SIZE OBTAIN GAUGE
- Large-eyed, blunt needle
- Stitch markers
- Optional: Buttons, scrap yarn, beads, safety pins
16 sts and 22 rows = 4″ in St st BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
(MN) MAKE NUBBLE Pull loop through the next st as if to K, then place this look on the left needle next to the original st,2sts. Pull new loop through the second st as if to K, then place loop on the left needle next to the second st,3sts. Repeat twice: 5sts. BO 4 kwise. The fifth stitch is now on the right needle.
With Cup Color (CC), cast on 80. Work in k2 p2 ribbing for 1 row, join in the round and continue k2p2 for 2 inches.
Switch to Frosting Color (FC). K one row.
Next row, *K1, MN. Repeat until you made one row of nubbles. (40 times, but who wants to count that?)
K until entire piece measures 5 1/2 inches.
*Knit 8 stitches, place a marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
*K 6, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
*K 5, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
*K 4, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
*K 3, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
*K 2, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
*K 1, k2tog, pass marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
*K2tog, remove marker. Repeat from * 9 more times.
Continue to k2tog until 5 stitches remain. Break off yarn and thread the end through the remaining 5 stitches.
With the chunky red, make a pom pom, about 1 inch wide. Whatever looks best on your cupcake.
**NOTE: If making this hat for a child 2 or under, do not attach beads, buttons, or any other small choking hazards.
UPDATES: TOPPINGS AND ADULT SIZES
For instance, instead of a pompom cherry, why not a knitted cherry?
Or a strawberry?
There’s also been a few i-cord candles: Just switch to a candle color instead of threading through the remaining 4 stitches at the end, work in the round until about 3 inches, then add a small tassel for the flame!
As for an adult size, some people have cast on 100 stitches instead of 80.