Knitted Candy Cane Hat

The knitted candy cane hat is truly a delightful accessory that is both festive and cozy. With its red and white stripes resembling a classic candy cane, this hat is sure to bring a smile to everyone around you during the holiday season. Not only does it keep you warm on chilly days, but it also adds a playful touch to your winter outfits. Whether you're out ice skating or sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace, this charming hat is the perfect way to showcase your holiday spirit. So, embrace the whimsy and stay stylish with the adorable knitted candy cane hat!

Sizes:
Child (Adult) 14 (20)" in circumference and approx 13 (16)" tall with cuff turned up and excluding pom-pom.
Pattern is written for child size with changes for adult size in parentheses.

Gauge:
20 sts = 4" in St st with larger needles

Materials:
Needles for Child Size:
Size 5 US (3.75 mm) double pointed needles
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) double pointed needles
Needles for Adult Size:
Size 5 US (3.75 mm) 16" circular needles
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) 16" circular needles
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) double pointed needles
Plus Solid by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball 1500 Natural Ecru (CC)
1 ball 1501 Intense Red (MC)
80% Merino Wool/20% Nylon
95 yards/50 grams 

Instructions
With CC and smaller double pointed (circular) needle, CO 72 (99) sts. Join and work k1, p1 rib (*k1, p1; rep from * around) for 4". Change to larger double pointed (circular) needle.
Main Body of Hat
With MC, knit 7 rnds.
Knit 1 rnd in CC.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.

Begin Decreases
Note: If knitting larger size, change to double pointed needles when circumference becomes too narrow for circulars.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K6 (9), k2 tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K5 (8), k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K4 (7), k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K3 (6), k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K2 (5), k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K1 (4), k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, K0 (3), k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC. This completes the Child's size.For the Adult size, continue below.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Knit 7 rnds in MC.
Dec Rnd: With CC, *k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [9 sts.]
Knit 7 rnds in MC.

Finishing
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. With tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining sts and pull tightly to close top of hat.
Pom-pom
Wind CC around 3 fingers to desired thickness, or use pom-pom maker.
Tie center tightly and trim. Sew to top of hat. Weave in all ends.

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