I love to create projects that can be gifted. In November, I re-taught myself to knit to keep my hands
busy, and to be able to create wearable gifts. I could spend hours at the knitting store or browsing online for yarns, thinking of the beautiful creations I could make. For a hat with a fun St. Patrick's Day twist, I created a rolled-brim rainbow hat that is made using 2 worsted weight yarns knitted together.
Using white and rainbow-colored ombre yarn knitted together creates this unique design in the knitting and makes a thicker, warmer hat that is perfect for cold weather. This pattern is simple enough for beginning knitters that know the basics. The whole hat is knit using the knit stitch (which creates stockinette when knitting in the round).
Knitting two yarns together is no different than knitting with a single yarn, just be sure to pick up both colors each stitch. If you have never knitted holding two yarns, practice while you knit your swatch for this pattern.
Rainbow Rolled-Brim Knit Hat
Difficulty: Easy (get printable directions here)
- 1 skein rainbow-colored yarn (I used Red Heart Kids Multi in "Crayon Ombre" )
- 1 skein white yarn (I used Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand in "White")
- Size 7 or 8 circular needles (12" or 16")
- 1 set (4-5) size 7 or 8 double-pointed needles
- 1 stitch marker, to mark the round
- 1 tapestry needle, for weaving in ends
4 stitches = 1 inch
CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
Directions - Adult (medium child) (small child)
Holding both yarns together, CO 84 stitches (72) (60) using the long-tail method.
Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round, then join in the round.
Knit rounds for 8" (7") (6").
Shape the crown using the decreases, as follows:
Start the decreases on circular needles. When stitches get tight on the circular needles, switch to double-pointed needles to finish the decreases.
Row 1: *k 10, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 2: *k 9, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 3: *k 8, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 4: *k 7, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 5: *k 6, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 6: *k 5, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 7: *k 4, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 8: *k 3, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 9: *k 2, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 10: *k 1, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Row 11: *k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Break yarn leaving a 8" tail. Thread yarn onto a tapestry needle and weave into the inside of the hat. Pull stitches together to close the top of the hat, then weave in ends. Give your hat a vinegar soak to set your colors, then wash and block as usual.
And that's it! Congratulations, you've created your very own rainbow rolled-brim knit hat! For extra knitting help, tips, and tricks, I highly recommend subscribing to VeryPink Knits on YouTube.
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