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Colorful Crafting with Jen: The Sweetie Pie Hat

When I first designed the Sweetie Pie Hat four years ago, I had plenty of time on my hands to create patterns. With no one tugging at my sleeve while I knit, I had deep reserves of concentration and loads of patience.  But now that I have a one and half year old, updating an old beloved pattern with new yarn and simpler instructions is about all I can handle!!    

The original Sweetie Pie Hat was striped, because back then, had no reason to mind switching colors every eight rows (not to mention weaving in all those ends!). I still love that hat and will continue to wear it, but after knitting the Forever Baby Blanket for a friend, the For Better or Worsted from Anzula was calling my name. I decided it was just the right  yarn for a fresh take on an old favorite!  

With its crisp and clean stitch definition, For Better or Worsted is the perfect choice for interesting stitch patterns, and it just couldn't be nicer to work with! Super duper soft and sumptuous, this merino, cashmere and nylon blend is also machine washable. The new Sweetie Pie Hat takes only one skein of For Better or Worsted and will knit up in no time at all, even with a toddler on your lap! Happy Holidays! -Jen




5 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Size 

19 (22) inches in circumference, to fit most adult women (men).

Pattern Notes

How to make a baby cable: Knit 2 together, leaving stitches on the left needle. Insert right needle between these two stitches and knit the first stitch again, slipping both stitches off the left needle (without knitting the second stitch).


Cast on 96 (108) stitches.

Ribbed Edge 

Rounds 1-3: *[K1, p1] 4 times, k2 p2 repeat from * to end of round

Round 4 (Cable Round): *[K1, p1] 4 times, make baby cable (see Pattern Notes above), p2, repeat from * to end of round. 

Repeat Rounds 1-4 two more times.


Rounds 1-3: *K10, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4 (Cable Round): *K8, make a baby cable, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 until hat measures 5 1/4 (6) inches from cast on edge.


Round 1 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k8, p2* repeat from * to end of round. 88 (99) stitches

Round 2: *K9, p2* repeat from * to end of round.

Round 3 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k7, p2* repeat from * to end of round. 80 (90) stitches

Round 4 (Cable Round): *K6, make a baby cable, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 

Round 5 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k6, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 72 (81) stitches

Round 6: *k7, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 7 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k5, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 64 (72) stitches

Round 8 (Cable Round): *K4, make a baby cable, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 

Round 9 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k4, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 56 (63) stitches

Round 10: *K5, p2 repeat from * to end of round.

Round 11 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k3, p2, repeat from * to end of round. 48 (54) stitches

Round 12 (Cable Round): *K2, make a baby cable, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 

Round 13 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k4, repeat from * to end of round. 40 (45) stiches

Round 14: *K3, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 15 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k1, p2, repeat from * to end of round. 32 (36) stitches

Round 16 (Cable Round): *Make a baby cable, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 

Round 17 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, p2 repeat from * to end of round. 24 (27) stitches

Round 18: *K1, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 19 (Decrease Round): *K1, p2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 16 (18) stitches

Round 20 (Decrease Round): *K2tog repeat from * to end of round. 8 (9) stitches

Round 21 (Decrease Round: *K2tog repeat from * to end of round. For larger size, end with a k1. 4 (5) stitches

Using a tapestry needle, thread the end through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Bring the tail to the inside of the hat and weave in loose ends. 

Reader Comments (40)

So cute! I had to throw away my old favorite winter hat because the moths had gotten to it and it was beyond saving. :O( But now I'm inspired to make a new one! Thanks!
December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi
I was wondering if it wouldn't be too difficult to morph this into a beret? Maybe skip the cables in the band, then do the increasing? What do you think?
December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

Why not! It would probably be very cute! If you give it a try please let us know. We'd love to see how it comes out.

Thanks!- Molly
December 12, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
it is just gorgeous! I am always looking for hat patterns to knit for my friends children and I am going to try this in DK as soon as I get my printer hooked up to the computer! Love it and thank you so much for sharing XXX
December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrochet with Raymonf
Was wondering if the yarn you recommend is really soft-not itchy at all. considering making this sweet hat for a friend going through Chemo-again and needs a pick me up. Also wondering about coverage of the head.
December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
Hi Wendy-

This yarn is really really not itchy. It's one of the smoothest and softest yarns we have. I think it would be totally appropriate for this situation

Cashmere would also be non-itchy and the 8ply would work in this gauge:

For a non animal based fiber I'd recommend Blue Sky worsted cotton. It is very soft, comes in great colors and is easy to work with:

Please let us know if you have any more questions. Thank you!
- Molly
December 14, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Molly(a beautifull name-my daughter's as well! :) )
thanks so much for the thoughtful response!
this will make a wonderful surprise
happy holidays!
December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
Lovely pattern ~ thanks for sharing. I have completed one hat for my sweetie and am nearly done with a second one for me.

When working on my first hat, I made a change for Round 13:
Round 13 (Decrease Round): *K2tog, k2, P2, instead of K2tog, K4.

Thanks for sharing a wonderful and quick project. Happy New Year!
December 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Hi! Great hat...already made one for myself. I'm now making one for a dear friend who's undergoing chemo and she's a huge University of Texas fan. It's hard buying yarn when you can't see or feel it yourself and I live in a small town with now nearby yarn stores. Can you help me find the right yarn in the UT orange (kind of a burnt orange)? THANK YOU!
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Hi Amy-

We actually had similar question about making a hat for someone going through chemo earlier. If you'd like to check out my previous response please see the answer to "Wendy" 3 comments above.

As for the color. "Pumpkin" in Blue Sky cotton would work great:

"Kashquat" would be the closest in the cashmere but it is a bit bright:

"Canteloupe" would be closest in the For Better or Worsted but it is also a bit bright and light:

You can also call our website at 800-597-PURL if you'd like to talk to someone directly. They will have the yarn in front of them and will be able to give you a more perfect match. You can send them this link for the UT orange color:

Thanks for the fun question!

January 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there,
I just made the Sweetie Pie hat and some matching fingerless mittens. I love it! The fit is perfect. I love how it is snug and covers my ears. Perfect for walking my dog in the cold Michigan winter! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful pattern.

You can see a picture of it here, on my blog.

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Thanks for the pattern! Did you use all 200 yards? This seems like a good de-stashing pattern, but I'll be substituting other yarns and want to make sure I'll have enough. Plus I've always wanted to learn cables, and this seems like a good project for that! The cable instructions aren't entirely intuitive to me, although I don't have my needles in front of me to try it out--does anyone know of a good video showing the technique?
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJR
Just finished the new sweetie pie hat. Great pattern, great hat. Question? Shouldn't round 13 of the crown decrease be k2tog, k2, p2? Instead of k2tog, k4? Thanks, Lesley
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLesley
Hi Lesley,
Great question! And the answer is... it could be. We found that doing k4, helped transition into the final decrease rounds better as you approach the top of the hat. It was something that was and continues to be debated. I've actually done it both ways. We continue to get this question though, so perhaps k2tog, k2, p2 is a more natural round.
Thank you for asking!
August 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this pattern! Thank you for sharing it! I'm a new knitter & would like to know if I could use this pattern for a child ( a boy in particular)? If yes, do you have any advice for reducing the pattern size?
Thank you!
October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRue
Hi Rue-

This pattern would probably fit a boy without changing it as it's a snug fitting hat, just make sure to knit the small size.

Thanks for your question!

October 5, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Materials say: Circular needles and double pointed needles but don't say when to use which. Help. I'm a beginner.
November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Hi Mary-

Start on the circular needles. When the decreases make the hat too small to get around the circular needle switch to the double points.

Please let us know if you have any more questions and thank you!

November 16, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This was a beautiful, easy beanie pattern to complete!!, thank you so much for making it available!!! It's one I'm going to keep a hold of!
December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Duckers
I am also a new knitter and I just made the hat for my daughter in a diff color. It was easy to make and I was initially worried about the baby cables but I saw a video of it and it helped immensely. Thanks for sharing the pattern.
Can you help me figure out how to make it for a 1 year old? Or show me where to get info re: this? Thanks. Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn
Hi Jocelyn-

We don't have plans to write this pattern in a baby size at the moment but you might want to check out our baby patterns here (including many hats!)

Thank you for writing in!

December 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I made the hat in baby-size just by using sock yarn and size 3 DPNs. I'd guess it would fit a one-year-old, but that's just an estimate. It looks great!
December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJR
I just finished up this hat for my husband's birthday and I absolutely love how it turned out! He was really happy with it too haha. Is there anywhere to post pictures? As always, the Purl continues to provide beautiful ideas and inspiration. I'm going to get to work of the Snowflake Scarf now:) Happy New Year!
December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Morton
Hi Megan-

We would love to see some pictures! There are lots of way to share them with us:

You could post them to our Facebook Page:

Or share them with on Twitter:

Or if you have your own blog you can leave us a link in the comments.

Thank you!

December 30, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I keep coming back to this pattern - so sweet. I'm a beginner knitter and I'm ready to try dpns. I have a yarn I would like to use, but it is only 180 yds. Do you remember if you used all 200 yds of the gorgeous mauve For Better or Worsted?
March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Hi Laura,

I'm so sorry, I don't remember if I used all of the yarn but I don't have any left in my stash so it is a good bet that I used most of it!


March 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Thank you , Jen. It's a beautiful pattern and the yarn you chose is so lovely. Great work!
March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Just finished knitting my hat last night and it came out beautiful! Thanks Jen for sharing this lovely pattern. I just love this site it gives me great inspiration.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
Do you think the small size would fit a 5 year old girl?

I ordered some maxima in "wildflowers" and know it will be gorgeous for a little lady. But wonder if maybe I should change to another pattern for a better fit?

I did notice it does not look too loose as i see completed versions.

Thank you for your time, Colleen
October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
Hi Colleen!

I think that the small size would be too big for a 5 year old, especially in Maxima. The Maxima is thicker than the For Better or Worsted that this was knit in so I'm not sure you'd be able to get the same gauge that is necessary for this pattern. That would make it even bigger in the end.

If you find a pattern for a five year old that is basic, you could definitely add the baby cable stitch pattern to the pattern easily!


October 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjen
I just bought a couple of skeins in cascade sport and blue sky brushed suri, with the intention to knit them together. Do you think this would work for this pattern? I know you'll want me to swatch it (which i will) but just wanted to get your gut reaction to this idea.

Thank you for the wonderful, modern, enjoyable patterns!

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaime
Hi Jaime-

You are right- I am going to recommend that you knit a swatch! My gut reaction is that those two together might be a bit too thick but the only way to tell for sure is to knit a swatch! Sorry ; )

December 5, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Question for you fabulous humans although it does not pertain to the specific hat pictured here but rather the hat form it's pictured on... Any ideas as to where I could buy a fabric head/hat form like that? No luck with amazon. Thanks for your help!
December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTAnk
This is a classic but its trendy too! Really cute!
December 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermary
My head is closer to 21 inches. Would you recommend I make the larger size, or just use bigger needles perhaps for the smaller size?? I love the pattern but the small would not fit me.
December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeosomin
Hi Molly,

The larger size is for a 22' circumference, it will stretch to that size so I think it may work for a 21" circumference as well.

December 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I've made this changing
round 1-3 to: *(P1,K1) 3 times, P2 K2 P2 repeat from * to end of round
Round 4 (cable) (P1,K1) 3 times, P2, make baby cable, P2.

Ends up the same but the cable is more centered.
January 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchaos
I would appreciate if you could explain me in little more detail how to do the baby cable?
I am confused
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersukeshi
Hi Sukeshi,
Can you explain what trouble you are having? I found this video that may be helpful?

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Thank you Jen .
June 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersukeshi

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