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Apple Hat-Free Pattern


Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a sweet little fall treat for you today. You can whip up a delicious green or red Apple Hat for your little sweetie in a matter of hours. The green apple is Spud & Chloë Sweater. The red apple is knit out of Blue Sky Dyed Cotton which is always a treat. One thing I want to point out about the Apple Hat is that the top decrease is different than other hats I have done. It makes for a smoother surface with only 3 neat and tidy decrease lines. Plus it is fun to try different decrease techniques. I like this one and I hope you do, too.

Here are a few things you might like to know:


Sizes: 0-6 months (6-12 months, 1-2 years, small child)


Green Apple: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton, superwash: 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein Grass #7502, small amounts Rootbeer#7503 and Moonlight #7507

Red Apple: Blue Sky Dyed Cotton (100% organic cotton; 100 grams/150 yards), 1 skein in Ladybug #629, small amounts of Pickle #634 and Blue Sky Skinny Cotton in Coffee #310


US size 7 sixteen-inch circular needles or size to obtain gauge

US size 7 set of four double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge

US size 3 set of two double-pointed needles for the leaf and stem


Yarn needle

Ruler or tape measure

Stitch marker


5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Have fun, Knitters! You can never go wrong with a simple and quick Apple Hat for your favorite baby any time of year.

Click here to download the Apple Hat pdf file!

29 Responses to “Apple Hat-Free Pattern”

  1. October 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm Terrie says:

    How adorable!! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. October 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm Becky in Bethesda says:

    This is so cute! Of course. :) It is going on my needles later today for my daughter, and then for her soon-to-be-born cousin.

    Question: On the green hat, it looks like there’s an additional purl row after the ribbing? Am I imagining that, or is it just the angle of the photo?

  3. December 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm Anna says:

    Gorgeous pattern, thank you.
    It’s on my needles right now for my niece (who’s 4 months and rather small anyway). I’ve got a pretty good match for the yarn you used. But it’s coming up awfully big. Unless it’s my gauge (could be), it could be that I’ve mistranslated the needle size – am in the UK and read that US 7 is 4.5mm. This seemed terribly big so I’ve gone down a few sizes but… still, very big.

    When you say US size 7, how many millimetres would that be, do you know?

    Thanks again.

  4. January 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm Martha Todd says:

    what does I cord mean. I am confused about how to make the stem? thanks. This hat looks adorable.

  5. October 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm shelly says:

    whipped one up for my grandson; adorable! thank you

  6. May 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm sharon says:

    Cute! How about one for us who crochet?

  7. June 20, 2011 at 10:15 am Claire says:

    This is the first time I’ve worked on dpns and done a ssk. I’m a very visual learner–any suggestions for a video demo of the ssk? Thanks–LOVE your patterns!

    • June 20, 2011 at 10:27 am sanderson says:

      if you google search ssk or search in youtube i am sure you will find lots of tutorials:)

  8. September 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm Renee says:

    Been having problems loading the PDF for this pattern, is it possible to get it sent to me or something?

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  10. November 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm weather vane cupolas says:

    Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

  11. December 5, 2011 at 3:28 am ashley says:

    Hi Susan, thank you for sharing the adorable pattern! I am only a beginner at knitting and this is my first attempt to knit a hat. I am almost done with this apple hat but I am stuck…. I’m at the decreasing round with 10 stitches on each needle and what does this mean “ending with a row 1″? Please help :)

  12. December 24, 2011 at 11:36 am Dollie says:

    Lots of comments, great big pocture, but no pattern

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  15. October 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm sanderson says:

    On the green hat I just folded the rib section up like a cuff. I think that is what you are seeing.
    Have fun and good luck to your cousin.

  16. December 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm sanderson says:

    4.5mm = US size 7 needles.

    It shouldn’t be too big, hmmm, are you getting 5 stitches per inch?

  17. January 24, 2010 at 7:55 am sanderson says:

    Hi Martha,
    Basically, you use 2 dpns, and you slide the stitches from one end of the dpn to the other to knit the cord. I just googled “how to knit an i-cord” and came up with this great link of tutorial videos:


    Hopefully this will help. There are lots of tutorials online that aren’t video as well.

  18. December 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm Nikita Hochstetler says:

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