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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
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


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.


 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:


  Download ©2016 The Rainbow Children’s Beanie - PDF


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


Rhiannon Ferguson

Hi love this pattern but what's an I cord and how do I do it?


If you need help, let me know; I live in Florissant.


Hi, definitely knitting this. How could I make it for myself, adult size?
Would it be that complicated?

Mary Rocco

How on earth do you print this pattern?


Hi Mary,
Copy and paste into word and then print it. i will keep this in mind for all future patterns with a PDF.


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