Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Copy.Cat C.C (Colorado Chick) Beanie

Copy.Cat C.C (Colorado Chick) slouchie beanie


I wrote a copycat pattern for the super popular "C.C Beanie" by Colorado Chick.  While in Chicago on a trip, I saw three different people wearing the same style hat in different colors.  I noticed the first one because I stare at anything knit, whether machine-made or handmade.  When I saw the second one, I assumed it must be a coincidence.  But after I saw the third one, I turned to my husband and exclaimed, “I must knit that hat!”  Then when I went home for a visit and hung out with a hometown friend, she was wearing the same hat I saw in Chicago, and I nearly tore it off her head in excitement.  I obsessively analyzed it, counting stitches and rounds so I could faithfully replicate it.

The simple structure of the hat's design would allow it to look good in any color, including tonal, gradient, metallic, and tweed (though I doubt variegated or self-striping yarn would look good, as it would disrupt the stripe sequence.)  If you do want to add stripes, just switch yarn colors on the 2nd rnd of the knit/St st rnds.

Without further ado, I present to you the Copy.Cat C.C Beanie!

Materials:
200 yards of worsted weight acrylic yarn
US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needle and DPNS
scrap yarn for crocheted provisional CO
5.0mm (H) crochet hook
scissors
yarn needle
pom-pom maker (optional)

Directions:
CO 86 sts using the provisional CO
PM; join in-the-round, being careful not to twist
Knit one round 1x1 ribbing
Knit 1x1 twisted ribbing for 3.5”
Fold brim under and connect CO edge to live stitches; unzip the provisional CO one stitch at a time, knitting the CO stitch and live stitch together.  Do this all the way around until brim is completely folded and joined.  Be sure to tuck the CO tail within the folded brim – no need to weave it in!
Knit another round all the way around

Repeat the following sequence for a total of three times:
6 rnds purl
2 rnds St st
4 rnds 1x1 rib (NOT twisted)
2 rnds St st

Begin crown decreasing and switch to dpns when necessary:
Knit 3 more rnds St st (5 rnds total after the last 2 St st rnds)
k2tog all the way around
Knit 3 rnds St st
k2tog all the way around

Cut yarn and thread remaining stitches together w/ yarn needle. Pull through, tighten, and weave in end. Wear with pride!

EDIT: If you want to convert this hat into a Messy Bun Beanie, BO after the first dec rnd!  Please keep in mind that this hat is meant to be slightly slouchy, whereas Messy Bun Beanies are more form-fitting.  Therefore, you may want to eliminate 1-2 rounds of purling in order to decrease the height of the hat so that it is less slouchy!

Alternatively, consider purling the crown instead of knitting it so the crown matches the purl rounds - this won’t look like the original, of course, but looks cool!  Feel free to top it off with a pom-pom if you have lots of leftover yarn, or a faux fur pom-pom like the original! (It also looks good inside out, as I found out while finishing it!)

Happy knitting!

85 comments:

  1. Thanks for the pattern! I was looking for one that my son would wear but that didn't bore me while knitting it. Made it this Afternoon and it looks great - my boy likes it too <3

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  2. Having trouble getting CO stitches to match up when I tuck the brim under, any pointers?

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    1. I made a hat called Wurm with a similar brim. I used a provisional cast on and then transferred the cast on stitches to a second circular needle when I was ready to fold and knit the brim. I then knit the two stitches together around and it worked out well and my stitches matched!

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    2. I've made the Wurm hat, also. I did exactly the same thing with the second circular needle and it worked great.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your pattern for this beautiful hat!

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  4. Hi! Thanks for the pattern, but what thicknes is the yarn in wool??

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    1. The yarn weight is the same (worsted) regardless of fiber content.

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  5. I'm on my second one of these hats. Awesome hat with an amazing fit! Thanks for replicating the pattern for those of us who refuse to buy a store-bought knit hat. This is my new go-to hat pattern.

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  6. What does PM stand for after the provisional CO?
    Also, what do you mean by knit 1 x 1 TWISTED ribbing?
    Thank you for your help.

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    1. PM=place marker and 1x1 twisted rib is to knit through the back loop(ktbl) and to purl through the back loop as well.

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    2. My apologies - I take for granted that the average knitter is fluent in knitting abbreviations, and therefore don't include an abbreviation translation. "PM" means "Place Marker," and "twisted 1x1 rib" means to knit/purl through the back of the stitch so as to twist the stitch. There are many tutorials on YouTube if you need help. Thank you to "yrnlovr" for answering the question before I could get to it! :)

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    3. I didn't know twisted ribbed was. I made it and loved pattern thank

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    1. My apologies - I take for granted that the average knitter is fluent in knitting abbreviations, and therefore don't include an abbreviation translation. "St st" stands for "Stockinette stitch" - hope that helps!

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  8. Hahahaha! LOVE that! "I MUST knit that HAT..." say knitting addicts the world over! Thanks loads for your pattern.

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  9. I know it's one size, but what is the approximate size or head dimension that it fits?
    Love this and can't wait to make it. Thanks!

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    1. It is stretchy and slouchy and therefore can accomodate most adult unisex head sizes.

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  10. Your pattern states that worsted weight yarn is required, but the Ravelry link states aran weight (according to your recommended yarn). I have a 100% wool yarn that should knit up to 19 sts/4 inches. Will this be good enough to knit a beanie with a decent amount of slouch?

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    1. "Aran" is just "Heavy Worsted." Use whichever #4 yarn you like best. You can always add or subtract the number of stitches, seeing as how the crown decrease does not require a specific math sequence. For instance, if you're achieving that gauge with that yarn, you may consider casting-on 95 stitches to accommodate a 20" head. Hope that helps and works well for you!

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  11. Thanks for this great pattern. What is the standard gauge you recommend for this hat? I know I am a super tight knitter and have to go up a couple of needle sizes, so I would like a gauge number to strive towards.

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    1. There is no gauge. The pattern, like the original hat, only comes in one size. For your personal gauge, try knitting a 4x4 square in twisted rib and see what your stitches per inch is. Then adjust the number of cast-on stitches accordingly.

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  12. J'adore et la tuque fait super bien! Maintenant, tout le monde en veut dans ma famille! Un vrai hit!

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    1. De rien! Je suis très heurese entendre ça! (Je suis desolée pour ma pauvre français!)

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  13. I'm excited to start this hat! This may sound stupid but I have never done this kind of brim. It says, fold brim under and connect co edge to live sts.... are we folding it to the underneath side? I'm trying to figure out how to fold under and knit it with co edge and make that work

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    1. That's not stupid at all! This was my first time doing a folded brim as well! You can do a long-tail cast-on and knit the brim in twisted rib stitch for the length specified and just fold it up/in half without joining, or knit it for half the length and not fold it. Hope that helps!

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  14. Hi! I'm a fairly beginner knitter and the idea of folding the brim and knitting it is very intimidating!! It there a way of doing the brim without folding? Thank you!

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    1. You can do a long-tail cast-on and knit the brim in twisted rib stitch for the length specified and just fold it up/in half without joining, or knit it for half the length and not fold it. Hope that helps!

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    2. Yes, thank you!! Happy New Year!

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  15. I liked the look of the hat so much that I decided to try it but I dont have circular pins so I am using 2 pins instead and will sew up the seam. The pattern (especially the 6 rows of purl) doesnt look exactly like the photos. Has knitting in on 2 pins made a huge difference to the pattern? Can you also confrim that you mean 6 rows purl and not 6 rows St stitch but beginning with a purl row on the Right Side. Thanks for your help....I'm half way through...

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    1. Whenever you knit flat, you do have to change the pattern a bit from knitting in the round because when knitting in the round you are always looking at the right side of the piece. For the 6 rows of purl, in flat knitting, you would do a st st starting with a purl row. You basically need to do the opposite kind of stitch in the pattern for every other row to get the same look since for every other row, you will be knitting the 'wrong' side

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    2. hello! thank you for this pattern! can you please tell me what yarn you used? thanks!!

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    3. Thank you for your helpful response, Brooklyn Stanley! :)

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  16. So happy to find this pattern! I will say that I think that in the body of the hat, I think it's actually a brioche stitch not a 1x1 rib. They're very similar though so it probably doesn't matter. :)

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    1. It is definitely brioche - you're absolutely right! But I felt that 1x1 (non-twisted) rib looked close enough and didn't want to explain brioche stitch! Thanks for pointing that out! For those who know brioche, I hope they'll try it out on this pattern!

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    2. Hi, so I found a video that shows me Brioche (https://youtu.be/mzBdIwoPYpk), but I'm not exactly how sure how to transition from brioche back to regular knit.

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  17. I'm sitting here looking at the actual cc hat too and I thought the stitch wasn't a straight 1x1 rib and I googled brioche and I think you are right. Thanks for the info!! And thanks to the blog author for writing this up! I wrote up a pattern myself before finding this and mine was almost identical in row count but you saved me from counting stitches :)

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  18. When you say do a long tailed CO, does that mean in lieu of the provisional CO? I'm interested in trying the PCO, but not sure when to pull the scrap yarn. I'm a visual person, so I'm just having a hard time picturing what you mean. Sorry!

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    1. Yes, a long-tail in lieu of a provisional.

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  19. Fantastic pattern! Thank you! https://www.instagram.com/p/BO2uqENA_9e/?taken-by=sourfleed

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  20. I absolutely love this hat! I'm finishing up my fourth one in about 10 days. It's great! Thank you for sharing this pattern

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  21. Can someone do a video tutorial? I don't understand the folding the brim to live stitches. I am a beginner. Maybe pictures of just that part of the pattern would be helpful. Thanks.

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    1. Here is a pretty good video tutorial on YouTube. It is not of the same hat, and it does not demonstrate the brim with a provisional cast-on, but you'll get the idea.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYM8cAVx9zk

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  22. Looks so nice! Is it possible you have this in crochet or tunisian crochet? I am not a knitter. Tried and cant seem to get the two needeles thing down pat...LOL

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    1. I do not. While I do crochet, I am better at knitting than crochet and the original hat is knit, so I only wrote a pattern for a knit version. I do not intend to write a crocheted version.

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    2. This is a link to a paid pattern from A Crocheted Simplicity. She's the best at writing patterns for crochet that looks knit. I've personally made quite a few of her hats and they've all turned out wonderfully.
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/purl-illusions-slouch

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  23. I am making this hat for the first time with a cascade washable worsted weight. The 86 stitch size seams very small. I am using size 7 needles. I have only knitted up to 3.5 inch mark. Also is there a you tube of joining the brim? Thank you. Rosemary

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  24. Thank you for this wonderful pattern. Just wondering, if I go ahead and use the brioche stitch will that work okay with the pattern? Would it change anything?
    Thank you!

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    1. As far as I know, so long as the brioche stitch can be done over 86 stitches, it should be fine. Otherwise, you'll just need to adjust your cast-on number, which won't affect the rest of the hat. If, for instance, brioche stitch needs to be done over a multiple of four stitches, then you would adjust your cast-on number to be a multiple of 4. Hope that makes sense.

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  25. I am knitting this hat now for my 13-year-old daughter-it's amazing, thank you! I spent all day yesterday knitting and ripping out the section trying to learn how to do the Brioche stitch. I finally got it! If knit in the round then the brioche stitch can be used on any number of even stitches using this pattern.

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  26. i made this hat and am a very tight knitter (beginner too) i know you said there is no guage but i would like to know how many stitches per inch your hat comes out at? I added stitches to the first hat but want to try creating it using the 86 co as you did. When I jumped 2 needle sizes the twisted rib is VERY tight and the rest is tooo loose, so guage would benefit me greatly. Also I think I need to work on trying to knit looser when it comes to twisted knit.

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  27. You have created a monster! I made this hat yesterday in white and turned around today and knit it in soft yellow! The only thing I didn't do was make the ribbing with a provisional cast on. It was quite beyond me. Love this pattern way too much.

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  28. Love this pattern - obviously. I have copied and saved it at least 4 times! However, have not yet made it.

    Memory issues? Or just love saving the same things I like! LOL

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  29. I have never knitted a provisional cast on before and have confused myself even more by watching a couple of dozen YouTube videos. Do you have a YouTube tutorial on the provisional cast on or can you let me know if you join the scrap wool in the round or do you cast on 87 but only join the working wool in the round.
    I am desperate to make this hat, but am getting myself so confused.

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    1. Hi! Obviously I'm not the author of this blog. But to answer your questions, I just finished the hat and I watched the following youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j904tmdt6iU

      Also, I did cast on 87 and used the last to connect the chain.

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  30. Thanks for that Cassandra, I did manage to find a YouTube video that I followed, but I'll try this one, thanks again

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  31. this pattern and I decided to start knitting it! Question about doing brioche knitting instead of ribbing in the body of the hat, as it is actually supposed to be, by reading the comments: as I have never done brioche knitting, does the first "set up row" count as the first of the 4 rows of ribbing or is it set up row followed by 4 rows of brioche?
    Thank you!

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    1. I don't know how to edit comments, so I deleted my pervious reply to elaborate. There is no brioche in this pattern. My best guess is that if you are going to replace the ribbing with brioche, start the brioche set-up round immediately after purling. But I honestly don't know. I have tried brioche but am not very good at it, which is why I didn't include any in this pattern.

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  32. Thank you for your pattern. I am going to try knitting it on a knitting machine. Is brioche stitch the same as English rib?

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    1. I don't know anything about brioche; there is no brioche in this pattern.

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  33. After the ribbing is complete and the provisional stitches added, is the stitch count still 86 or now 172?

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    1. The stitch count is always 86. You're knitting the prov co st and the live st together - k2tog

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  34. Hi, I don't know if this question was asked already, but could you please tell me what your gauge is?
    Thank you!

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  35. Hi there Julie. The question was already asked. Please read the above questions and comments as there is a lot of great info there : )

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  36. Thank you for doing all the counting and writing! I was asked by a relative to help her make the C.C. hat (the ponytail version) at our next gathering. This saves me from reinventing the wheel! (Actually, this hat caught my eye a couple years ago too under similar circumstances to yours - I saw it on a fellow restaurant patron, and thought "I must knit that hat"!) Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Hi, I have just finished the rib for this gorgeous hat but mine looks really small. Are there any measurements for this before I continue. I'd hate to finish and then have to rip it all out.
    Thank you. Kathy

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  38. Can you provide instructions on how to make this hat to include an opening for a ponytail?
    Thank you. Brenda

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    1. There are instructions for a messy bun opening. You could also use this for a high ponytail.

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  39. When decreasing how many stitches do you do. I'm doing the messy bun so how many stitches should I have when I BO

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    1. Just follow the pattern. I don’t want to tell you an exact figure because that may change if you need to change the number of cast-on stitches based on your gauge. So long as you cast-on a multiple of two, you’ll be fine for decreasing since it’s k2tog all the way around.

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    2. As for the messy bun version, just bind-off after the first decrease round. So in this case, if you cast-on 86 stitches, you’ll be binding off 43 stitches.

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  40. I'm a new knitter and have a newbie question. I'm confused about the St st. I've googled and thought I had it right but I think I messed up. When you say knit 2 rnds St st I should have gone around twice or 4 times with straight knitting (on the round)? I did a knit and perl rnd because of the way I found the definition of St st, but it leaves a perl stripe. Since I'm not on straight needles I guess I shouldn't have perled the second row. And now at the top where it says St st 3 more rnds - is each rnd supposed to be 2 rows (so that would be 6?) and they all are knit? I got thought I got through the hard parts with the prov cast on with turning and joining the brim, just can't figure out these steps.

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    1. When you are knitting (just knitting - not purling) in-the-round, the work is automatically in Stockinette stitch, whereas you have to both knit and purl in straight/flat knitting to achieve this stitch. So it sounds like you are doing twice the amount of work, which will result in a hat twice as large as intended. Since you are a beginner, do not attempt to knit this hat flat on straight needles - it may be too confusing for you. This is a great hat for knitters who are learning how to knit in-the-round, because you’ll see how knit & purl stiches interact on circulars. Just follow the pattern - no extra work required!

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    2. Thank you! So when you say 2 rnds St st I should just knit two rows. I was overthinking, but since I thought the pattern was for round needles I didn't understand why you put St st instead of 2 rnds knit.

      I love this hat. I learned to knit and purl years ago but only finished a scarf and a bunch of fish rags. I decided to try this hat and even though I could only find size 9. 24" round needles and purled a few rounds I shouldn't have - it's awesome! I'll wear it all winter - and now I'm halfway done with another - on the right size needles and a better understanding of the pattern. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  41. Thanks for this pattern. I knit chemo hats and am always looking for something different to knit. This will fit so many different people. I'll probably make one for myself too. Mary Fran; NOT Steve.

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  42. Thank you for writing down such a lovely pattern. I had some difficulty in joining cast on to brim, because I was doing it for first time. Besides that I completed the hat and gifted it to my daughter- in-law, and she loved it. Immediatly she wear it while going for office

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  43. what did you make the pom pom out of? i love it

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    1. What pom-pom? There is no pom-pom on this blog post. If you are interested in adding a pom-pom to your beanie, I have often ordered faux fur ones from Lion Brand Yarn, or you can make your own with yarn either by hand or with a Clover brand pom-pom maker. They come in four different sizes.

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    2. It shows a Pom Pom on your Revelry page. I think that's what she is referring to.

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  44. can i use straight needles for this thanks

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    1. No; the pattern is not written for flat-knitting. You can use either a circular needle or 4-5 double-pointed needles.

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  45. Love it! So cute and thank you for your generosity and hard work in creating this free pattern! Youtube has infinite information for those of you who need help with abbreviations or tutorials. Thanks again!!

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