Button Candy Hat

As we bustle around in this brisk month of merriment, seasonal sweets seem to be everywhere you go. I must confess, even as an adult, when I’m offered a tray or bowl or basket of goodies, I reach with a sly grin, full of anticipation, overwhelmed by choice. That moment of choosing, it’s nearly as sweet as the sweet treat itself!

Now this may be a youngest sibling thing, but for me, being offered a moment all to myself to choose what I want, that brief moment of picking, it’s golden. It’s no wonder, my affinity for Button Candy. Feet of scrolling white paper covered with colored candy dots, and most importantly, all mine. Mine to be picked and plucked at my pace, creating patterns from my selections. So many options, so much joy.

Inspired by the festivity of those candy colors, the wonderment of their arrangement and the joy they bring, I knit up this Button Candy Hat. The bright colors of Koigu’s hand-dyed merino Needlepoint Yarns are perfect for the fair isle bobbles, and Purl Soho’s incredibly soft Line Weight merino makes a wonderfully downy backdrop. Get them all with Purl Soho’s Yarn for Button Candy Hat kit!

I hope this season is filled with joy and merriment and many moments of selecting sweet treats. Happy Holidays! –Laura


Get all the yarn you'll need to make this hat with our Yarn for Button Candy Hat kit. Each kit includes…

  • Main Color (MC): 1 skein of Purl Soho's Line Weight, 100% merino wool, in the color Heirloom White.
  • Contrast Colors: 4 skeins of Koigu Premium Merino Needlepoint Yarns, 100% merino wool, in the colors (shown above, from left to right)…
    Contrast Color a (CCa): 1145
    Contrast Color b (CCb): 2229
    Contrast Color c (CCc): 2100
    Contrast Color d (CCd): 1504

You will also need…


8 1/4 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, using the MC and the smaller needles


Baby (Toddler, Child)

  • Circumference: 12 (14, 15 3/4) inches
  • Height: 6 1/4 (7, 7 3/4) inches


MB [make bobble]: knit into front and back (kfb), turn work, (with wrong side facing) k2tog, turn work, (with right side facing) k1 through the back loop (k1 tbl)

If you wish to modify the pattern, be sure to cast on a multiple of 5 stitches.



With larger needles and MC, cast on 100 (115, 130) stitches.

Place marker and join for working in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.

Knit one round.

Change to smaller needles.

Continue working in stockinette stitch, knitting each round, until the piece measures 1/4 (3/4, 1 1/4) inches from rolled edge.

Make Button Candy

Round 1: *With MC, k4; with CCa, make bobble (MB, see pattern notes above), repeat from * to end of round. Cut CCa.

Round 2: *With MC, k4, k1 through the back loop (k1 tbl), repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 3-6: With MC, knit.

Repeat Rounds 1-6 one more time.

Repeat Rounds 1-6 two more times, with CCb in place of CCa.

Repeat Rounds 1-6 two more times, with CCc in place of CCa.

Repeat Rounds 1-6 two more times, with CCd in place of CCa.

Shape Top of Hat

Round 1 (Decrease Round): *K18 (21, 24), k2tog, place maker (pm), repeat from * to end of round. [95 (110, 125) stitches]

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3 (Decrease Round): *Knit to two stitches before marker, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (5 stitches decreased)

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 one more time. [85 (100, 115) stitches]

Repeat Round 3 fourteen (seventeen, twenty) more times. [15 (15, 15) stitches]


Cut yarn and thread it onto a tapestry needle to draw through remaining stitches. Pull tight and bring tail to inside of hat to weave in.

Weave in the remaining ends and gently block.

15 Responses to Button Candy Hat

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  1. denise says:

    Thanks so much for your generosity. I wish you and your family a Happy Holiday season fill with joy!


  2. Lieke says:

    I absolutely love this hat! Do you let the contrast colors run through or do you finish them at each button?

  3. sewbusy says:

    I would love to see a picture of the INSIDE of the hat- pretty please???

    so CUTE -thanks for sharing!

  4. pjd says:

    This is a fantastic pattern. Even adults would love wearing this!!!

    I receive so much pleasure from your site. I truly appreciate it!

    Thank you

  5. Clarinda says:

    I love your patterns. They are creative and beautiful. Love the candy theme of these last few patterns, and I absolutely adore the hat. I can't wait to cast on and knit this for my granddaughter for Christmas. Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!

  6. Lovely, fresh and bright hat!

  7. F. K. says:

    Great hat! Don't have a kiddo but I'd totally make it for myself!

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Sew-Busy,
    Corinne of Corinne's Thread currently has the hat (her sweet darling girl modeled it for us). As soon as I get my hands back on the hat back, I can email you a picture of the inside. Could you comment back with your email address in box provided in the comment form.

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Lieke,
    Great question. The contrast color yarn runs across the entire round of knitting. Each round of knitting that involves contrast yarn (the button candies) is worked using the method of Fair Isle. So, the yarn is carried for that entire round, and then cut at the end of the round.

  10. Veronica says:

    This hat just adorable! I am thinking about what
    contrasting colors I would use for a boys
    version of this great child's hat!
    Thanks for this & all the other wonderful
    patterns & ideas you post in your newsletter!
    They are awesome! Have Happy Holiday Season.

  11. Michele says:

    Could you spell out a pattern for an adult size. Both of my children have large heads. My 13 year old wears a 7 3/8 fitted hat but would love to wear this. I think her head is 22 inches in circumference

  12. purl bee says:

    Hello Michele,
    For a 22-inch head, I would aim to knit up a hat with the finished dimension of 20 inches.
    20 inches x 8 1/4 stitches to the inch = 165 (which is divisible by 5, perfect)
    Cast on 165.
    Following pattern as instructed above.
    After working the Candy Buttons and are working evenly, work until the hat is approximately 3 inches shy of your desired finished height (which will probably be around 8 inches from the rolled brim). Then…
    Round 1 (Decrease Round): *K31, k2tog, place maker (pm), repeat from * to end of round. [160 stitches]
    Round 2: Knit.
    Round 3 (Decrease Round): *Knit to two stitches before marker, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (5 stitches decreased)
    Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 one more time. [150 stitches]
    Repeat Round 3 twenty-seven more times. [15 (15, 15) stitches]
    Follow Pattern as instructed above for remainder.

  13. doro K. says:

    i totally love all the tiny colorful dots!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    , <a href="">doro von Hand zu Hand</a>

  14. Kelley says:

    I have noticed that you get a tighter bobble when you p2tog on the wrong side instead of k2tog

  15. Teri says:

    I, too, would love to see a photo of the inside of this hat! Thank you so much for your pattern notes. I find them to be so helpful! I'll admit, I'm a bit daunted by the bobble bits, but I'm excited to make this hat. =)

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