Knit your little one a sweet rainBOW baby hat including rainbow band and bow with this free knitting pattern!
Well, I don’t know if you saw them, but it turns out my Bow Baby Hats are becoming really popular! So that’s kind of exciting! I love seeing other people’s versions on Ravelry. And that totally got me started on a hat making kick. I mean, the adorable model I happen to have on hand at the moment doesn’t hurt. Got to make hay while the sun shines…or while the baby is still a baby! Am I right? Anyway, after the Bow Hat and the Bow Headband, I knit up a sweet and fun Rainbow baby hat that I just love. It makes me laugh and smile every time I see her wearing it. But I still had kind of a lot of the rainbow yarn left. So I thought, why not combine the two patterns and make a RainBOW baby hat? Wouldn’t that be adorable? (Spoiler alert: it is!) So here you go, here’s Baby V in her RainBOW baby hat. Enjoy and don’t forget to share your versions!
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RainBOW Baby Hat Knitting Pattern (12 month size, see PDF for additional sizes)
Sizes: 12 months (see PDF for additional sizes)
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(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 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the gray yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Stay with main gray color and knit 2 rounds.
Switch to pink/red yarn and knit for one round.
Repeat for one round each with the remaining six rainbow colors: orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple.
Switch back to the gray yarn and knit until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Round 1: Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles:
- Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.
- Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
- Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To make the bow (if you’d like to see pictures of the steps, click here)
Cast on 14 stitches with pink/red yarn.
Row 1: Knit all stitches with pink/red yarn
Rows 2-11: knit two rows each with orange, yellow, green, light blue, and dark blue yarns in order.
Row 12: Knit one row with purple yarn.
Row 13: Bind off with purple yarn.
Weave in all the ends.
Starting a bit left of center, wind a bit of pink yarn around the bow several times and knot in the back and trim the ends. Repeat with orange and yellow next to it. When you get to green, tie in the back but leave a long tail of yarn to attach the bow to the hat. Then repeat wind, knot & trim ends with the light blue, dark blue and purple yarns. Use the green yarn tail to securely stitch the bow to the hat. Make sure to attach it very well as this is an item for babies.
The PDF printable version of this pattern also contains instructions for sizes 0-3 months, 6 monyths, 12 months and 2T+!