Crochet Candy Cane Hat Pattern

With it’s red and white swirled stripes, this crocheted candy cane hat is perfect for little heads this holiday season! Change the colors and you just have a fun swirly patterned beanie! This could pass for a lollipop hat as well :) And the best part is that you don’t have to weave in any ends until the end. The pattern works up in continuous rounds. I will try to explain with pictures and a video tutorial.

Materials:
– Worsted weight yarn in red and white.
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Stitch Marker (if you feel more comfortable using one)
– Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Note: because of the large jumps in increases between sizes, you may need to try the hat on to make sure it’s a good fit. You can also check these standard beanie measurements to make sure your hat measures up. If it were me, and I needed an “in-between” size, I would make the larger size with a smaller hook. You can also make the hat longer or shorter…so for a 3 month old I might only make 11 rows and for a 6 month old I would make 12. You will see that listed in the pattern.

Now here is how to start your hat:

Sorry for the poor video quality. One day I will have a more professional set up and better equipment.


Candy Cane Hat Pattern


Newborn:
(with white) Magic Ring, ch 1, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, don’t fasten off, don’t pull tight
(with red) Make a slip knot, chain 1 onto magic ring loop, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, now pull tight.
Round 2: (with white) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. (now switch to red) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. You should have 10 white DC’s and 10 red DC’s for a total of 20 DC’s for this round.
Round 3: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (30 DC)
Round 4: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (40 DC)
Round 5-10: (with white) DC in next 20 stitches. (with red) DC in next 20 stitches. (40 DC)
To end, make a HDC, SC and slip stitch with each color and fasten off, weave in ends.

Size 3-6 Months: (I finished at 10 rows for my 2 month old baby and it fit well)
(with white) Magic Ring, ch 1, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, don’t fasten off, don’t pull tight
(with red) Make a slip knot, chain 1 onto magic ring loop, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, now pull tight.
Round 2: (with white) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. (now switch to red) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. You should have 10 white DC’s and 10 red DC’s for a total of 20 DC’s for this round.
Round 3: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (30 DC)
Round 4: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (40 DC)
Round 5: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (50 DC)
Round 6-11(or 12): (with white) DC in next 25 stitches. (with red) DC in next 25 stitches. (50 DC)
To end, make a HDC, SC and slip stitch with each color and fasten off, weave in ends.
Size 6-12 months:
(with white) Magic Ring, ch 1, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, don’t fasten off, don’t pull tight
(with red) Make a slip knot, chain 1 onto magic ring loop, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, now pull tight.
Round 2: (with white) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. (now switch to red) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. You should have 10 white DC’s and 10 red DC’s for a total of 20 DC’s for this round.
Round 3: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (30 DC)
Round 4: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (40 DC)
Round 5: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (50 DC)
Round 6: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 30 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 30 stitches. (60 DC)
Round 7-12 (or 13): (with white) DC in next 30 stitches. (with red) DC in next 30 stitches. (60 DC)
To end, make a HDC, SC and slip stitch with each color and fasten off, weave in ends.

Size Toddler/Child:
(with white) Magic Ring, ch 1, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, don’t fasten off, don’t pull tight
(with red) Make a slip knot, chain 1 onto magic ring loop, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, now pull tight.
Round 2: (with white) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. (now switch to red) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. You should have 10 white DC’s and 10 red DC’s for a total of 20 DC’s for this round.
Round 3: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (30 DC)
Round 4: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (40 DC)
Round 5: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (50 DC)
Round 6: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 30 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 30 stitches. (60 DC)
Round 7: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 35 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 35 stitches. (70 DC) 
Round 8-14 (or 15): (with white) DC in next 35 stitches. (with red) DC in next 35 stitches. (70 DC)
To end, make a HDC, SC and slip stitch with each color and fasten off, weave in ends.
Teen/Adult:
(with white) Magic Ring, ch 1, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, don’t fasten off, don’t pull tight
(with red) Make a slip knot, chain 1 onto magic ring loop, make 2 SC, 2 HDC, DC in ring, now pull tight.
Round 2: (with white) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. (now switch to red) 2 DC in next 5 stitches. You should have 10 white DC’s and 10 red DC’s for a total of 20 DC’s for this round.
Round 3: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat until you have a total of 15 stitches. (30 DC)
Round 4: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 20 stitches. (40 DC)
Round 5: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 25 stitches. (50 DC)
Round 6: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 30 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 30 stitches. (60 DC)
Round 7: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 35 stitches. (with red) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 35 stitches. (70 DC) 
Round 8: (with white) 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 40 stitches. (with red)  2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6 stitches, repeat around until you have a total of 40 stitches. (80 DC)
Round 9-15 (or 16): (with white) DC in next 40 stitches. (with red) DC in next 40 stitches. (80 DC)
To end, make a HDC, SC and slip stitch with each color and fasten off, weave in ends.
I haven’t test the larger sizes… the teen/adult size seems large as it is written… If you make this hat let me know how it turns out in the comments! 

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Comments

    • says

      Carol you can Chain 3 or 4 then join with a slip stitch to form a ring, then crochet into that ring. But you will not be able to tighten your ring at all so I am not sure how well that would work for this style hat.

  1. says

    I am working on the teen/adult hat right now. It definitely wont be snug. I'm on row 12 now. When I finish I'll comment to let you know how it turned out–I'll also give you my head circumference–AND I'll post a picture on your FB page as well.

  2. says

    I've just finished up to round 16. My head is 22" and this is 12" across laid flat so roughly 24" circumference. I am thinking of adding a sc border dec round to snug it up.

  3. says

    I did round 17 as a dec sc round (dec every 10 st–so at 9/10, 19/20, etc.) but it was still looser around the brim than I'd like, so I took round 17 and round 16 out and did round 16 as a sc dec round (dec every 5 st–4/5, 9/10, 14/15, etc.) and the fit is better. It is still not snug and probably looser than I'd prefer. Before doing the dec round I had my husband try it on–his head is 23"–and he said it was too loose for him as well. Hope all this info helps. :) I'll post a picture of the finished–modified–had on your FB page.

  4. says

    Oh, also I made the 40th stitch at the end of round 15–both colors–hdc before starting round 16 in a sc and at the end of round 16 I did a sl st after the 40th stitch and finished off.

  5. says

    I love this hat!!! I did the toddler/child size for my friends little girl who is the same age as my tot. I added one more row to it because I like the entire ear to be covered up. It's a smidge big, but that just gives some growing room which I love too. I'm going to add a satin ribbon and sparkly button bow to fancy it up a bit.

    Very easy to follow and worked up really well in a few hours of stop/start crocheting!

  6. says

    i just made this adorable hat!! It was for my 2 year old. i used camo and light pink bulky yarn! with a 6.5 hook it worked great. i used the directions for the toddler size but only increased to 40 sts. added a pompom on the top!!! LOVE it!!! Thanks Sarah!!

  7. says

    Just made an awesome version using Christmas red and white bulky yarn and an L size hook. I used the newborn hat pattern and hoped for an adult hat and it worked perfect. Only took 45 minutes using the chunky yarn and super cute. Wish i could add a picture. Thank you for sharing.

  8. says

    Hi Mrs. Sarah! I Just want to say that I recently found your page on the internet and I truly LOOOOVE your patterns/tutorials!!! You are so talented and so generous for sharing this with all of us, I really appreciate it. I haven't made this one yet, but I am looking forward for that "lollipop pattern" (hint, hint) ;-D Thanks again, Ivonne

  9. says

    I didn't read through all the comments yet, but I'm hoping this helps…I finished the teen/adult size and revamped it a bit as it was HUGE when I made it to the pattern specs above. I stopped at Round 7 and then instead of doing 40 dc I did 36dc and just continued it till it was the right length, not sure how many rows that was. I hope that helps! =)

  10. says

    Ahhhh! Too fast!!! You are so talented, but I can't follow what you're doing because it's like watching Piccaso on fast forward! Please remember the beginners when you make these videos.
    :0)
    I'm still going to try.

  11. says

    I've tried this with the teen/adult size with an "h" hook, it was WAY to big for me. I tore it out until the 7th round and started going of the toddler/child specs and that seems to be better however, still big for me. Maybe I messed up doing the rounds in the beginning.

  12. says

    I stopped increasing after round 7 but did do one increase in both the white and the red so that I would know where I stopped increasing in case I had to rip it out. I also measured the diameter and it was already at a little over 8 inches. I did a total of 15 rounds and then did TWO hdc and then a single crochet and then a slip stitch before finishing it off. It fits my big head with NO stretching. If I was to make one for my tiny little niece (21 yrs old) I would probably use a G hook as well.

  13. Tiffany says

    I just made the adult/teen size as directed, and it was a bit big, however, I omitted round 8, and added an extra round on the end, and it was perfect. The other sizes that i’ve done have all been great.

    Thanks!

  14. Emily Mleczko says

    Hey. Great pattern for beginners !! I tried to make the newborn hat for my sister to be ,but the hat turned out too big

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