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Halloween Pumpkin Hat Pattern

So yes, I know it’s been a few months since Halloween, but I’ve been meaning to post this so figured I’d go ahead anyway. I want to remember how I made this hat, and since I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked when I was looking, I want to put this out there in case it can help anyone else next Halloween or for future ones. If you have any questions about this pattern, you can e-mail me at debmomof3(at)comcast(dot)net.

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Halloween Pumpkin Hat

Size: generally fits toddler or preschooler. Hat size can be increased or decreased by adding or subtracting stitches in sets of 8 and adjusting pattern accordingly.

Gauge: approximately 6 sts per inch using worsted weight yarn on US size 8 needles.

Materials:

  • Orange-colored worsted weight yarn (should take one skein or less)
  • Green-colored worsted weight yarn (only a few ounces required)
  • US size 8 circular needle or size required to meet gauge
  • US size 8 double-pointed needles

Cast on 80 stitches on circular needle. Place marker to designate end of round. Knit 4×4 ribbing for 8 rounds.

Round 9: *Purl one stitch, knit next 6 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.

Repeat Round 9 until hat measures approximately 6-8 inches. Hat should fit around head from ears to crown.

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Begin decrease rounds. Switch to double-pointed needles when no longer comfortable to knit on circular.

  • First decrease round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 2 stitches together, knit next 4 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Next round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 5 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Second decrease round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 2 stitches together, knit next 3 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Next round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 4 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Third decrease round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 2 stitches together, knit next 2 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Next round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 3 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Fourth decrease round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 2 stitches together, knit next stitch, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Next round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 2 stitches, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • BeccasPumpkinHat 002Fifth decrease round: *Purl one stitch, knit next 2 stitches together, knit next stitch, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Switch to green yarn. *Purl one stitch, knit one stitch, purl one stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round. Repeat round 2x.
  • Sixth decrease round: *Knit next 2 stitches together, purl next stitch. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.
  • Seventh decrease round: *Knit next 2 stitches together. Repeat from * 9 more times to end of round.

You should have 10 stitches left to form the stem. Knit as many rounds of those last 10 stitches as necessary to form stem length you want. When stem is at correct length, knit 2 stitches together 5x, then cut yarn and draw through last 5 stitches. Weave in yarn ends.

Note: If you wish the ‘green’ portion of the hat to be larger, simply switch to the green yarn earlier in the pattern, such as when beginning decrease rounds.

Happy Knitting!