I have a lot to be thankful for… The two sweet babies I get to guide through the world, a loving husband, wonderful parents, fantastic friends, clothes on my back, food in my belly, air in my lungs, roof over my head, a fiber stash any yarn snob would love, getting to do a job that I adore and am continually inspired by, and of course you, dear readers.
As a small token of my gratitude, I’d like to present you with the Baby Rainbow Hat. A free pattern for kids, this easy Fair Isle hat is perfect for stash busting, a gradient kit, or to use as an excuse to buy yourself some nice fiber to knit with. With a brim of twisted ribbing, this hat is knit in the round from the bottom up and takes the knitter through the full spectrum! Due to the stretchy nature of the brim and small children having rather large heads, this hat will fit almost any child.
Using leftover bits from my Magically Delicious Hat design, The Lemonade Shop’s Sparkle DK is the absolute perfect yarn for this kind of hat. What kid doesn’t love a sparkly rainbow (or what adult, if we’re being honest)? This soft and glittery superwash is one of my favorite DK weight yarns to knit with, and the fact that it’s dyed by my BFF Heather makes this hat even more special. I have enough yarn leftover to make an adult version of this hat, so perhaps in the new year when things calm down a bit I’ll get on that.
Knitting up on US 4 circular needles, the stranded color work repeat is small, making this hat super-duper easy to make slightly larger or slightly smaller by adding or taking away repeats. Because it’s designed to have a bit of a slouch, you can get away without having to tweak the decreases unless you wish to do so. With just a handful of yards needed in each of the colors, you finally have a use for all those bits and bobs of leftover DK you’ve been squirreling away.
Thank you to all who read my blog, purchase and knit my patterns, read my books, watch me on Knitting Daily repeats, take my classes both in person or on Craftsy, attend retreats where I teach, ask for a photo together, email me pictures of their FOs, or just drop me a friendly note saying hello. You make this job awesome and I’m honored to knit alongside you all.
Download the free Baby Rainbow Hat here.