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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. ~Buddha

 

I love rainbows.  Aren't our children the treasure at the end of the rainbow?  I love to knit with highly saturated colors and what better way to do that then to knit a  youngster a rainbow hat to keep them warm on winter days.  The hat is sized at 18" circumference to fit a 7-8 year old. Children at this age frequently draw rainbows in art class, so give them one to wear.

 

You will need:

1 skein each of Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple acrylic yarn ( I use Lion Brand's Vanna Choice)
16" #8 circular needle
#8 double point needles
scissors
Tapestry needle
ruler / tape measure
Stitch Marker

Gauge: 16 stitches x 22 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 9 (5 mm) needles 

Stitches: garter in the round - Knit a round, purl a round, and repeat.

 Stockinette in the round - Knit every round

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Let's Knit:

Cast on 72 stitches with red. Add stitch marker, join round. Work in garter for the next inch.

HINT: Always leave a 4" tail when switching colors to make it easy to sew in the tail.

Finish round and join Orange.  Work in stockinette for an inch.

Finish round and join Yellow.  Work in stockinette for an inch.

Finish round and join Green.  Work in stockinette for an inch.

Finish round and join blue: Work in stockinette for a half inch  Place a stitch marker every 9th stitch for a total of 9 sections. Begin decreasing.  K2tog before every stitch marker.  After one round of decreasing, Knit the next round and then work another round of decreases.  Continue until you have an inch of blue knit.

Switch to Purple.continue working a decrease round and then a knit round until 40 stitches remain an switch to double point needles., then knit 2 rounds between every decrease round until only 8 stitches remain.  Decrease until 6 stitches remain and work an i-cord for the remaining 5-6 inches.

Finish:

 Cut a 6 inch tail and thread a tapestry needle.  Run the needle though all six stitches and cinch tightly. Work the tail back through the cord and then Knot the cord.  

Sew in all tails. I tend to work my through the the back of the stitches to actually lock in the tail:

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  Download ©2016 The Rainbow Children’s Beanie - PDF

 

Want to adjust the hat size to fit another person...?   Check out my directions here.

Comments

Lindsay

Mary,

I just added a PDF for you to download and print.

Lindsay

Lindsay

HI Renee,

For an adult pattern, cast on 88 stitches for a 22 inch circumference. Follow pattern for striping as for children, but working on 88 stitches.

When you get to the decreases. Place a stitch marker every 11 stitches. Begin decreasing as in pattern, continue as in pattern.

Hope this works for you!
Lindsay

Wendy

Can you suggest how to adapt this to a 3 year old's head? Thanks!

Yuva

I want to try this colorful hat for my 4 years old daughter. Can you please share the stitches count and pattern for 4 years old.

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