Easy Candy Cane Swirl Hats Free Knitting Pattern- women and kids sizes

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Easy Candy Cane Swirl Hats Free Knitting Pattern- women and kids sizes
This year I'm starting early with the Christmas knitting patterns. I have tons of new patterns to share and I want to make sure I have enough time to squeeze them all in! 
The first pattern of the season is this Candy Cane Swirl Hat. They look complicated, but they're actually really easy to knit. The swirl is created on flat needles with some increases and decreases. When the sides are sewn together it creates the swirl shape. 
I love Christmas themed hats. They're fun, festive and perfect for family pictures!
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Free Knitting Pattern
Yarn: Vanna's Choice in Scarlet and in White
Needles: Size US 6 straight
Size: Kids 2-5 years (finished hat is very stretchy), Women
[note: Hat is knit from side to side. The swirl shape is created when it is seamed]
Gauge: 2 inches=8 sts
Cast on 30 (36) sts. with the red yarn
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl first 2 sts together, purl to last stitch, knit twice in last stitch
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl first 2 sts together, purl to last stitch, knit twice in last stitch
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl first 2 sts together, purl to last stitch, knit twice in last stitch
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: Knit first 2 sts together, knit to last stitch, knit twice in last stitch
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: Knit first 2 sts together, knit to last stitch, knit twice in last stitch
Row 11: Purl
Row 12: Knit first 2 sts together, knit to last stitch, knit twice in last stitch
Repeat these 12 rows (switching from red to white yarn every 12 rows) 7 times. Bind off. 
Pick up the 82 (94) stitches on the bottom using either straight, double pointed or circular needles. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 3 inches. Bind off.
Finishing- Sew the side seam. Using a yarn needle, run a stitch around the top of the hat and pull to gather. Weave in ends.
Candy Cane Hat Free Knitting Pattern by Gina MIchele
Candy Cane Hat Free Knitting Pattern by Gina MIchele
Candy Cane Hat Free Knitting Pattern by Gina MIchele
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