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Monday, January 2, 2012

Showing off Aunt M's work again ~ A Knitted Cupcake Hat

Christmas is so much fun when little ones are in the house, and we are so blessed to still have two little ones to spice up our Christmas mornings. I would not normally show off my children's Christmas gifts here, but Grace got something that I think a lot of you might appreciate and enjoy seeing. It's a hat made by my husband's Aunt M, the same very talented and generous lady who designed this American Girl Doll sweater and hat and offered the pattern to me for my readers.

Knitted Cupcake HatIt's a cupcake hat with a cherry on top! Isn't that just the cutest thing? I love it, and Grace loves it too! She has worn it every day since she got it and is so excited to wear it when she returns to school tomorrow so she can show all her friends!

I don't know if you can see it in this picture, but maybe if you click the picture to enlarge it you might notice that there are even pastel colored "sprinkles" on the cupcake!

Now before you get all excited about being able to ask for this pattern too, I will tell you that I do not have a pattern for this hat. Aunt M told me that she saw a hat like this in a pricey department store and, being the creative person that she is, decided to make up a similar pattern herself. Using parts of hat patterns she had made before, she put together this one using appropriate cupcake-like colors, adding the straight stitched pastel "sprinkles" and the knitted red "cherry" on top and viola! If I were to guess, I would say there are about 3 inches of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing in brown, a few rounds of brown garter stitch for the muffin-top (my favorite part of a cupcake to eat!), then the frosting hat shaping in cream stockinette stitch, decreasing towards the top for the crown with a few rounds of garter stitch thrown in for the swirly icing effect. I think the cherry was knitted as a bobble afterwards and sewn on, and the pastel "sprinkles" were stitched on individually by working two straight stitches and then tying a knot on the inside of the hat.

You could use any hat pattern that you have and like, and just change it up a bit to include the cupcake-like details, and of course, cupcake-like yarn colors. You may even be able to find patterns for cupcake hats on sites like Ravelry or Knittinghelp.com. I know there is also a cupcake scarf out there as well, since I have seen pictures of one on knittinghelp made by Merry for her granddaughter. So be creative and give it a shot. Come up with your own version of the cupcake hat and scarf, and dress up your favorite little sweet treat with something yummy and handmade!

Happy New Year and Happy Stitching!

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  • That is one adorable hat, Mary Grace! Your whole family are creative! My cupcake hat and scarf were crocheted, but I would like to try a knitted version. I am really trying to be good in 2012 and finish projects that I've started. I finished my Berroco Wink and have a shawl on the needles and 2 scarves. It's so hard not to start something new!
    Happy New Year!
    Merry ♥

    By Blogger MerryT, At January 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

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