Knit up this adorable Over the Rainbow Hat with my newest knitting pattern, it has a cute rainbow on top and cute fluffy cloud earflaps!
If you’ve been here for a while you might be thinking, Cassie, don’t you have enough rainbow hats? Well, the answer is no. I am a child of the 80’s, there are NEVER enough rainbow hats! But in all seriousness I think this one is my favorite. Although it’s a close call, my rainBOW hat is awfully cute and the Rainbow Skies hat is pretty fun too. So you tell me, which is your favorite?
Anyway, it seems appropriate to share now since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. And you know, St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns, rainbows, springtime… But it’s still chilly so the super soft and fluffy cloud earflpas on this hat are not only hilariously adorable, they’re also practical. And today I’m sharing the pattern with you free in one size! Scroll all the way down!Looking for the pattern? Here's how it works: This pattern is available for free in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or you can purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is ad-free and easy to print in just one or two nicely formatted pages. The PDF printable also contains instructions for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! You can purchase the PDF patterns either via Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
Scraps of worsted weight yarn in rainbow colors (pink/red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple)
Bernat Pipsqueak yarn in white (or other fluffy chenille or eyelash yarn)
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the light blue yarn color. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Knit all rows until the hat is about 4 1/2 inches long.
Decrease (divide your stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles (24 stitches, 24 stitches, 16 stitches) and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To make the rainbow (knit flat): The length of your rainbow will depend on your gauge and tension etc. I would suggest to cast on approximately 42 stitches for the 6 month size hat.
Using your circular needles as straight needles, cast on 42 stitches (or whatever number you need to make the rainbow stretch from ear to ear) with pink yarn. Knit one row pink. Switch to orange yarn and knit 2 rows. Repeat with yellow, green, light blue, and dark blue, knitting 2 rows of each. Switch to purple yarn and knit one row. Then bind off in purple. Leave a long cast on tail and a long tail at the end to stitch the rainbow to the hat. Weave in all other ends.
Use the pink cast on and purple cast off tails to stitch the rainbow across the top of the hat from ear to ear.
To make the clouds (make 2):
Using your double pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 3 stitches with the fluffy yarn.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb
Row 2: kfb, k4
Row 3: kfb, k4, kfb
Rows 4-5: knit all
Row 6: k2tog, k6
Row 7: k5, k2tog
Row 8: k2tog, k4,
Row 9: k4, kfb
Row 10: kfb, k3, k2tog
Row 11: k2tog, k3, kfb
Row 12: kfb, k4, kfb
Row 13: k7, kfb
Row 14: kfb, k7, kfb
Row 15: k10, kfb
Row 16: knit all
Row 17: k10, k2tog
Row 18: k2tog, k7, k2tog
Row 19: k7, k2tog
Row 20: k2tog, k4, k2tog
Row 21: kfb, k3, k2tog
Row 22: k2tog, k3, kfb
Row 23: k4, k2tog
Row 24: kfb, k4
Row 25: k5, kfb
Row 26: kfb, k6
Rows 27-28: knit all
Row 29: k2tog, k4, k2tog
Row 30: k2og, k4
Row 31: k2tog, k1, k2tog
Bind off. Leave a long tail to stitch the cloud to the hat and weave in the other end. Repeat to make other cloud, then stitch the clouds to the hat at the ends of the rainbow with the cast of tail. The should hang down past the brim of the hat to act as earflaps!
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