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Friday, December 29, 2017

Rainbow Bright Hat

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I hope everyone's Christmases and other holidays were happy and bright! Mine were very enjoyable. Big Girl and Little One were very good for Santa and had a nice Christmas morning. I've enjoyed lazing about the house as we count down the days til New Years Eve.

Today I have for you the very last edition to our Season of Hats this winter. If you've missed any previous designs click here to see a list of my free patterns you can scroll through. And if that's not enough free hat patterns then you should visit my friends over at allfreecrochet.com where you can find a free crochet pattern for anything you could possibly think of!

This pattern includes instructions for both a beanie and a messy bun style. I'm working with Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Favorite Stripe, it's the rainbow colored one. I love rainbows. I love rainbow patterns and and rainbow colors. Bright multi-colored yarns always appeal to me and I find myself buying skeins of variegated yarns and not knowing what to make with them. Does this ever happen to you? I tried making my ready made goods in so many colors for people to choose from, but no one wants cerulean, chartreuse and magenta accessories. Neutral is the thing. I had to increase my stash of neutrals just to appease my customer base. I know what you're thinking. Poor thing, she had to buy more yarn! Anyway...

Red Heart Super Saver Stripes - Favorite Stripe
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The variegation pattern to this yarn is specific: It starts at green with a double length and moves to yellow, orange, red, purples and a double length of blue before transitioning back to purple, red, orange, yellow, and into a double length of green before transitioning back to yellow, orange, red, purple and back to another double length of blue. The pattern continues in this way.

I start my hat at green because I like the way the blue repeats back into purple and red near the middle of the hat. If you want to have a complete-non repeating rainbow pattern, you can very easily cut and ball the yarn, reattaching at the desired color.

I made a fun applique heart to the hat to add to the brightness. It's simply my applique patches pattern heart made with a larger hook (the H hook). You can size the heart up or down using a hook of your choosing. The heart can be sewn on or slip stitched on. I prefer to slip stitch the heart on. I take up the yarn from inside the hat and make slip stitches along the outline of the heart. This gives the heart a nice crisp border and secures it cleanly. Simply join with an invisible join, tie the ends in a strong square knot, and pull them into the space between the heart and the hat to hide.

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Rainbow Bright Hat Free Crochet Pattern:

Hook: H/5mm
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Favorite Stripe, Red Heart Super Saver in Red
Gauge: 6 sts, 5 rows = 2” in HDC
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: yarn needle
Size: Fits average adult apx. 22”, Heart Applique is 3"

Special Stitches:

Hdc Inc- half double crochet increase, make two hdc in the the next st

Note: This pattern can make a messy bun hat or a regular beanie with no hole. To make a regular hat, follow “Beanie Hat” directions for first three rounds, then continue at round 2 for Bun Hat. To make a messy bun hat, follow “Bun Hat” directions beginning at round 1, ignore directions for previous rounds.

Beanie Hat:

Round 1: hdc 10 into a magic ring
Round 2: make 2 hdc into each st around, join, ch 1. (20 sts)
Round 3: *hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (30 sts)
Continue with round 2 of bun hat.

Bun Hat:

Round 1: hdc 30 into an elastic hair tie, join ch 1. (30 sts)
Round 2: *hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join ch 1, (40 sts)
Round 3: *hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join ch 1, (50 sts)
Round 4: *hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join ch 1, (60 sts)
Round 5: hdc in each st around, join ch 1. (60 sts)
Rounds 6-18: repeat round 5, or to desired length.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Heart Applique:

Using Red Yard, or color of your choice.

Form magic ring, ch 2

Round 1: make 11 dc in magic ring, join to first dc with a sl st.

Round 2: ch 3, 3 tr into first st, 3 tr in next st, 2 dc, 2 dc, dc, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, dc, 2 dc, 2 dc, 3 tr, 3 tr in last st, ch 2, sl st in same st. fo, weave in ends.


Sew heart applique onto hat where desired and stitch around edge, or slip st through both layers to secure. Weave in all ends.

Hope you enjoy making your rainbow hat! Reach out to me on social media using the buttons at the top of the page, and be sure to follow me on facebook!

xo- Bethany