I wanted to make my 4 year old son a new hat, so I gave him a pattern book to look through. He seemed to get a little frustrated that he couldn’t find exactly what he wanted, so we searched on Ravelry for patterns together. Again, he was frustrated he couldn’t find exactly what he wanted.
I asked him to tell me what he was looking for. He told me he wanted a hat with red, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, gray, and white stripes. I got out a huge pile of yarn and had him pick out the colors for his hat. He piled up 9 balls of yarn and said those were the colors he wanted. We worked together to arrange the colors.
We ended up with a Roy G Biv rainbow plus a few more colors. What follows is the pattern to the cheerful hat my sweet 4 year old came up with.
Pattern Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rounds per inch in stockinette stitch
US 5 16 inch circular knitting needle (or size needed for gauge)
US 7 16 inch circular knitting needle (or size needed for gauge)
US 7 DPNs or US 7 40 inch circular needle for magic loop
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
I used 9 colors of worsted weight yarn, most of which were Cascade 220 and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. The sequence for the hat was red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, gray, black. This is an excellent project for using up all those obscure yarn ball leftovers so you can use whatever worsted weight yarn you have on hand. You will need approximately 120 yards.
With smaller needles and red yarn, cast on 96 stitches. Place marker to indicate beginning of round. Work K2 P2 ribbing for 8 rounds.
Switch to larger needles, cut red yarn and begin working with orange, knit 4 rounds stockinette stitch.
Knitting 4 rounds per color, knit in stockinette stitch until hat measures 7 inches from cast on edge. (color sequence for this hat was red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, gray, black)
Continuing to switch colors every 4 rounds, begin decreasing.
Round 1: K 10, K2tog around (88 sts)
Round 2: K all sts
Round 3: K 9, K2tog around (80 sts)
Round 4: K all sts
Round 5: K 8, K2tog around (72 sts)
Round 6: K all sts
Round 7: K 7, K2tog around (64 sts)
Round 8: K all sts
Round 9: K 6, K2tog around (56 sts)
Round 10: K all sts
Round 11: K 5, K2tog around (48 sts)
Round 12: K all sts
Round 13: Switching to DPN’s or 40″ circular for magic loop, K 4, K2tog around (40 sts)
Round 14: K all sts
Round 15: K 3, K2tog around (32 sts)
Round 16: K all sts
Round 17: K 2, K2tog around (24 sts)
Round 18: K all sts
Round 19: K 1, K2tog around (16 sts)
Round 20: K all sts
Round 21: K2tog around (8 sts remaining)
Cut yarn, leaving 6 inch yarn tail. Thread onto tapestry needle, thread remaining sts onto needle and pull the top of the hat closed. Secure, and weave in all ends.