Peppermint Lollipop Hat

Get ready for festive fun with this red and white striped hat. It is worked in the round and sized for babies and toddlers up to three years.

Skill Level: Beginner

Sizes: 3-6 months (6-12months, 12-24 months, 2-3 Years); Finished hat circumference 14 (15, 16, 17)”

Shown in size 2-3 years.

Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking.

Materials

Yarn: Red Heart Soft (100% Acrylic Yarn; 256 yards [234 meters]/141 grams]: E728_9925 Really Red (A), 1 ball; E728_4600 White (B), 1 ball. (YARN WEIGHT #4)

Needles: US size 8 (5mm): 16” circular; US size 8 (5mm): DPNs

Notions: Markers; tapestry needle.

Special Stitches

K2, P2 Rib

Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row.

Rep Row 1 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round.

Pattern

Using circular needles and A, CO 56 (64, 72, 76) sts, pm and join work in the rnd.

Work in K2, P2 Rib patt for 8 rnds.

Beg working in St st.

With A, work 4 rnds.

With B, work 4 rnds.

Rep the last 8 rnds until Hat meas 5 (5½, 6, 6½)” from CO edge.

Cont in est patt, alternating between A and B every 4 rows as you start decreasing for the crown. Switch to DPNs when sts no longer fit comfortable on circular needles.

Dec Rnd: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 42 (48, 54, 57) sts.

Work 2 rnds.

Dec Rnd: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 28 (32, 36, 38) sts.

Work 2 rnds.

Dec Rnd: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 14 (16, 18, 19) sts.

Work 1 rnd.

Dec Rnd: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd, knitting any rem sts – 7 (8, 9, 10) sts.

Finishing

Break yarn with approx. 6” tail. Thread tail with tapestry needle through remainder of sts.

Weave in ends. Block to measurements.

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