This post will show you a candy corn hat knitting pattern perfect to make for fall.
This is a great project for anyone who is new to knitting as it is knit back and forth on straight needles, then seamed.
Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.
A Candy Corn Hat For Fall
Autumn weather is finally here and I am so happy about it!
The leaves are falling and pumpkins are everywhere.
And if there is one thing we need in the fall is an adorable beanie you can make for all of the family.
The Yarn I Used
I made the hat using The Petite Wool in three colors, knit on size 6 mm (US 10) knitting needles.
This yarn is from We Are Knitters and comes in a range of lovely colors.
This yarn is very warm to wear as it is 100% Peruvian wool.
Each ball is 100 GR. Per 140 M.
The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any beginner knitters, as it is knit flat (back and forth on the needles) not in the round.
- Knitting Lessons
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- You should be comfortable working the purl stitch.
- How to K2tog.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
There is a video tutorial to help you to seam up the hat.
You can view it over on my YouTube channel here.
Candy Corn Hat Knitting Pattern
The hat knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
If you like this pattern you may also enjoy this hat pattern which is the same but knit in one color only.
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- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Skill Level – Basic
Adult Women’s/ Men’s Medium, Child, Toddler, Baby.
- Finished measurements for an adult hat;
- Height of hat lying flat and unstretched – from the cast-on edge to the top of the hat – 11 inches. Width of the hat – 8 inches.
- This hat is unisex and will fit a head circumference of around 22-26 inches.
The pattern is written for all sizes starting with the adult size – with changes for different sizes listed in all necessary places, for example, 72 (adult), 64 (child), 56 (toddler), 48 (baby).
To follow the pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
Gauge – 16 sts and 20 rows in 4×4 inches/10×10 cm in main body ribbing.
The Supplies You Need…
- The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters in three colors:
- 1 x Ochre
- 1 x Cinnamon
- Scraps of around 15 g in Natural.
- Each ball is 100 GR. Per 140 M.100% Peruvian wool.
- The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.
- Yarn weight guide
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- CO – Cast on
- Cont – Continue(ing)
- K – Knit
- K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
- P – Purl
- P2tog – Purl the next 2 stitches together
- Rem – Remaining
- Rep – Repeat
- RS – Right side
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- WS – Wrong side
Yarn A = Ochre
Yarn B = Cinnamon
Yarn C = Natural
In Yarn A cast on 72 (64, 56, 48) sts
- Row 1: (RS) – P1, K2 – rep to the end of the row.
- Row 2: (WS) – P2, K1 – rep to the end of the row.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 3 (3, 3, 2.5) inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
Knitting the main body of the hat
- Row 1: (RS) – K1, P2 – rep to the end of the row.
- Row 2: (WS) – K2, P1 – rep to the end of the row.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until you have worked a further 3 (3, 3, 2.5) inches from the cast-on edge, ending with a WS row (total inches from CO edge = 6 (6, 6, 5).
Change to Yarn B and cont in patt for a further 3 (2.5, 2, 2) inches.
Change to yarn C and cont in patt for 1 (1, 1, 1) inch. (In total 10 (9.5, 9, 8) inches from the cast-on edge).
Decrease: (Worked in Yarn C)
- Row 1: K1, P2tog – rep to the end of the row.
- Row 2: K1, P1 – rep to the end of the row.
- Row 3: K2tog – rep to the end of the row.
- Row 4: Purl – rep to the end of the row.
- Row 5: K2tog – rep to the end of the row.
- Row 6: Purl – rep to the end of the row.
Cut yarn leaving a tail of around 15 inches.
Thread through the rem sts and pull up tight.
The last step is seaming the two edges of the beanie together.
I used a seaming technique called the mattress stitch.
This allows you to create an invisible seam in your knitting so you don’t see where the edges meet.
To do this you:
- Place the edges together – line them up.
- Start at the top of the hat, with the right sides facing you.
- Thread your needle and secure the top of the hat first with a stitch.
- Then start to push the needle through the first stitch on one side of the fabric edge.
- Then move over to the other side and push your needle through the first stitch.
- Pull them together and continue to seam picking up an edge stitch on one side and again on the other as you go.
- You can pick up stitches every one bar or two bars on the edges – this is up to you. I generally pick up every 2 bars.
- Just be careful that what you do to one side of the knitting should also be done on the other side to keep them even.
- When you come to the brim of the hat, you need to turn this over – so the right sides are facing you to seam.
- This is so you get an invisible seam on the right side of the knitted fabric.
- When you have finished seaming, secure your yarn on the wrong side and weave in any loose ends.
- Your hat is now ready to wear.
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