The Classic Rainbow Stripe Hat knitting pattern for babies and toddlers has a thick, warm folded brim, classic rainbow stripes in the middle and a big fluffy pom pom on top!
I have about five million (*not the actual figure) rainbow knitting patterns, but I’ve never done a very simple one like the Classic Mini Rainbow Stripe Hat knitting pattern…named so because it has mini rainbow stripes. I know, very clever. But seriously, I have a rainbow scarf, and rainbow stuffies and about 20 rainbow hats, but never one this simple and to tell you the trust, I LOVE it!
It kind of give me classic ski school vibes and I’m a big fan, I kind of want to knit one for myself. I think the thick warm folded brim and big fluffy pom pom on top really make this basic has special (and they also make it warm and cozy!
You could, of course, knit these mini stripes in any color combination that you want, though I would love to see it with pastel rainbow stripes. But sports teams or universities or wizarding schools could be awesome too, it’s up to you! Either way, your little one will be warm, cozy and cute no matter what.
If you knit a Classic Mini Rainbow Stripe hat, I’d love if you’d share it with me, I love to see what you knit! Are you ready to get started? Let’s go!
Classic Mini Stripe Hat Knitting Pattern
(includes Sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+)
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
Classic Mini Stripe Hat Supply List
- Worsted weight yarn in white, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
- US 7 16″ circular knitting needles
- US 7 double pointed needles
- Yarn needle
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
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Classic Mini Stripe Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions
(0-3 month size, see pdf version for additional sizes)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 56 stitches onto your circular needles with white yarn. Join to knit in the round and (k1,p1) in a rib stitch for 1.5 inches to make the folded brim. Then knit all stitches for 1.75 inches. Next, knit the stripes as follows:
Round 1: knit all stitches purple
Round 2 & all other even rounds: knit all stitches white
Round 3: knit all stitches blue
Round 5: knit all stitches green
Round 7: knit all stitches yellow
Round 9: knit all stitches orange
Round 11: knit all stitches pink
Continue on knitting all stitches white until the hat is about
4 inches long with the brim folded up.
Decrease (divide your stitches between 3 double pointed needles or use magic loop):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: knit all stitches
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 12: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, thread through loops and pull to close. Weave in ends.
Use a pom pom maker to make a large white pom pom and sew it SECURELY to the top of the hat.
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