Pretty in Pink: Knit a Playful Pink Ribbon Hat

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Pattern by Bardet Wardell for Be Sweet.
This is a perfect take-along project that is compact and easy-peasy.
Casting on with yarn that is not smooth can be a trick. Take your time and make sure to complete the stitch as you pull the extra bits through the loop.
Pattern by Bardet Wardell for Be Sweet.

Pattern by Bardet Wardell for Be Sweet.

Photo: Courtesy of Be Sweet

Since 1992, the pink ribbon has been the symbol for breast cancer awareness when Self magazine and cosmetics giant Estee Lauder partnered to launch the now iconic symbol. This symbol has increased awareness of the cause and has contributed to efforts in raising substantial money to fund research to wipe out this horrible disease and to support care programs for those who are suffering.

Even if you have not been touched by this disease, you will want to make at least one or several of these hats since I have provided instructions to accommodate the noggins of little kiddies, tweens, and mature women alike.

Enter your pink projects in our Make it Pink Challenge to support breast cancer research. We will donate $1 for each pink project uploaded to the project gallery in the month of October.

This is a perfect take-along project that is compact and easy-peasy.


  • Yarn: 1 ball of Be Sweet Ribbon Ball. Ribbon Ball is an enchanting mohair yarn with hand-tied ribbon and spun with a thin metallic strand. Each 50g ball is 120 yards and is available in more than 20 colors. I used Bright Pink. (This exact yarn was featured in the cover sweater for the Holiday '08 Knit Simple Magazine.) If you don’t have access to this yarn, a good substitute would be a mohair bouclé, or combine a novelty yarn with a worsted-weight wool or wool blend to achieve the ultimate sass factor.
  • Ribbon: 1 yard of satin ribbon
  • Needles: US 15 circular needles 16 inches long
  • Stitch marker
  • Scotch tape

Size small: Cast on 50 stitches.
Size medium/large: Cast on 58 stitches.

Casting on with yarn that is not smooth can be a trick. Take your time and make sure to complete the stitch as you pull the extra bits through the loop.


When you join the ends to knit in the round, make sure you do not twist the stitches.

Place a marker and knit in the round until the hat is about 6-1/2 inches tall (small), 7 inches (medium), or 8 inches (large). This will result in a cute cap style. I actually kept knitting up to 9 inches because I wanted a floppier beret look. I ended up liking the purl side better and when I tuned up the brim, it looks like faux ribbing. Gotta love double-duty items!          

Snap up the edge to create a fem watch cap.

The top of the hat will be secured by a satin ribbon functioning as a drawstring. No sewing together! Use your Scotch tape to secure your ribbon to the needle. Pull the needle with the ribbon attached through the loops, replacing the needle.                                                                                                                                                    

Using the tape to secure the ribbon to your needle makes easy work of threading in the ribbon. Try this technique next time you need to hold your stitches with waste yarn.

 Secure the last stitch and cut the yarn, leaving a tail for weaving in the ends.

This project is a twofer! Since the hat has a drawstring at the top, I discovered that before you gather it up to make the hat, you have a tube that can be pulled over your head to be used as a cowl.

I finished this project in a small village in Tuscany. Molto Bella!

Just make sure that your ribbon is long enough so the stitches don’t fall off the ends. Also when you are casting on, make sure to do so loosely so you can actually get it over your head.

My friend Linda Lopez is a joyful breast cancer survivor.

Awareness and Cause Ribbon Color Meanings
Support you favorite causes by knitting a hat in that very ribbon color. Here is a list of ribbon colors and the causes they represent.

Red Ribbon
• Heart Disease
• Substance Abuse

Yellow Ribbon
• Support of Military Troops
• Suicide Prevention
• Bladder Cancer
Green Ribbon
• Mental Illness
• Kidney Cancer
• Organ Donation and Organ Transplant

Orange Ribbon
• Leukemia
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Cultural Diversity and Racial Tolerance

Purple Ribbon
• Alzheimer's Disease
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Cancer Survivor

Brown Ribbon
• Colon Cancer
• Anti-Tobacco

According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 10 million people around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years without the cure. For more information about breast cancer, visit the Susan G. Komen website.

Get to know the facts about breast cancer today.


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Comments (5)

HatfieldTWILA writes: Some time ago, I really needed to buy a house for my business but I didn't have enough money and could not purchase something. Thank heaven my dude adviced to take the home loans from trustworthy bank. So, I acted so and used to be happy with my student loan.
Posted: 11:22 am on October 21st
mommeothree writes: I love this pretty pink hat. I do not knit, but I am going to have a friend make this for me and teach me how.

Posted: 9:30 am on October 8th
Tina_Hilton writes: Check out a recent post I did on knitting with double pointed needles to help get over the hurdle

Also, if you wish to view a video on DPN knitting check out where you can choose from over 20 tutorials.
Posted: 9:00 am on October 31st
NeoKnitter writes: I learned how to knit from my aunt while sitting on the porch swing back in 1957. Over the years, I have made several scarves, baby hats and afghans. Now I am retired, and looking forward to adding other projects to my "know how to" list. As my sister and numerous friends are breat cancer survivors, this site has excited me to knit pink, and I am looking forward to donating my first breast cancer prayer shawl to our area Breast Cancer Center. What a blessing to have found this site. Thank you, thank you.
Now if I could only figure out how to knit with those troublesome four needles.
Posted: 4:52 pm on October 26th
pinsandneedles writes: That yarn is so scrumptious! Now, if only I could knit!
Posted: 12:52 am on October 24th
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