Rainbow Hat: An Exercise in Inspiration and Adaptation
by Beth O'Callaghan
My daughter wanted a rainbow hat that was similar to my Noro hat, but with a regular (“not pointy”) top. She also wanted something in bright, vibrant rainbow colors and the only yarn I found at my LYS was fingering weight. With the help of two free patterns I came up with this sweet little hat. Perfect for a spunky girl on the go!
Source Patterns (both free via Ravelry):
Noro Hat by Saartje de Bruijn
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington
This pattern makes a hat to fit a child, ages 5-8, or a head 18”-21” inches in circumference.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) needles: one 16-inch circular, one set dpn’s.
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi, one skein. Color: 101 (Intense), Lot 182. Fingering weight.
Accessories: one stitch marker.
CO 112 sts. Join for knitting in the round. Place marker at beginning of round.
Rows 1-8: knit
Rows 9-12: purl
Rows 13-16: knit
Rows 17 to crown: Alternate 4 rows knit and 4 rows purl until desired length. Hat pictured has 7 “rings” of purl stitches, not including rolled brim (row 60). Start decreases at marker after last round of purl sts. (row 61). Switch to dpn’s when necessary.
Decrease Row 1: *K5, K2tog* repeat from *
Decrease Row 2: K
Decrease Row 3: K4, K2tog*
Decrease Row 4: K
Decrease Row 5: K3, K2tog*
Decrease Row 6: K
Decrease Row 7: K2, K2tog*
Decrease Row 8: K
Decrease Row 9: K1, K2tog*
Decrease Row 10: K
Decrease Row 11: K2tog around*
Decrease Row 12: K2tog around* (8 sts remain)
Pull yarn through remaining 8 sts. and weave in ends.