This cotton rainbow sun hat is a little blast from the past, as it's inspired by a hat Charis used to have when she was little! I loved making it up in rainbow colours, perfect for matching all of your summer outfits, but the pattern can easily be adapted to do a solid colour block, or different sized stripes of colour. I made it from Drops Paris cotton, so it can be put in the washing machine when it inevitably gets covered in ice cream!
Follow this post to make this Rainbow Crochet Sun Hat in size 0-6 Months, or head over to our website to purchase the pattern with the full size range.
Size 0-6 Months fits an average head size of 46cm. The full paid-for pattern gives sizes up to adult.
Difficulty level: Beginner
You will Need:
Aran Yarn: e.g. Drops Paris Cotton 1 ball or small quantity each colour, (7 used in photograph). You can use any number and range of colours you choose, but to create the narrow stripes, only work one row in each colour, then change, and repeat the colour sequence as necessary. If you work a plain one colour hat, you will need 1 ball.
Instructions are given based on average head measurements, however, as there can be a wide variation in head size, please check head size first. This free version of the pattern includes one size, 0-6m, however a paid version of this pattern is available giving sizes up to adult.
Crab stitch is used around the brim, to create a nice, ridged brim, but if you find this stitch tricky, you can slip stitch into each stitch around on the last row, to create an alternative ridged row.
Abbreviations & stitch info:
Tr - Treble
HTR - Half treble
Ch - Chain
SS - Slip stitch
Crab stitch (reverse DC stitch) - Ch1, insert hook through stitch to the right, YO and pull through, YO and complete DC, insert hook into stitch to the right, YO and pull through, YO and complete DC.
Remember to switch colours every row. To avoid confusion, the following instructions are broken into sections after round 4, according to size.
Make a magic ring.
Round 1: Ch3 (this counts as your first treble), Tr12, SS to join. (13 Tr)
Round 2: Ch3, Tr in same stitch, 2Tr in each stitch, SS to join. (26Tr)
Round 3: Ch3, Tr in same stitch, Tr in next stitch, *2Tr in next stitch, Tr in next stitch, repeat from * to end, SS to join. (39Tr)
Round 4: Ch3, Tr in same stitch, Tr in next 2 stitches, *2Tr in next stitch, Tr in next 2 stitches, repeat from * to end, SS to join (52Tr)
Round 5: Ch3, Tr in same stitch, Tr in next 8 stitches, *2Tr in next stitch, Tr in next 8 stitches, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, 2Tr in next stitch, Tr in next 6 stitches to end, SS to join (58Tr)
Round 6-12: Ch3, Tr in next and each stitch to end, SS to join round.
Round 13 (ribbon band): Ch2, HTR in next 2 stitches, Ch1, Skip 1, HTR in next 3 stitches, Ch1, skip 1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, HTR to end, SS to join (58 stitches)
Round 14: Ch2, HTR in same stitch, *HTR in next 6 stitches, 2HTR in next stitch, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, HTR in next 2 stitches, SS to join (66 stitches)
Round 15: Ch2, HTR in next 2 stitches, *2HTR in next stitch, HTR in next 5 stitches, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, 2HTR in next stitch, HTR in last 2 stitches, SS to join (77 stitches)
Round 16: Ch2, HTR in same stitch, *HTR in next 6 stitches, 2HTR in next stitch, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, HTR in each stitch to end, SS to join (88 stitches)
Round 17: Ch2, HTR in each stitch around, SS to join.
Round 18: Ch1, crab stitch in each stitch around (see notes above).
Fasten off yarn, sew in ends.
You can use any 1cm wide ribbon through the band or create a rainbow “ribbon” from matching yarn.
To create the rainbow “ribbon” - take 1 strand of each colour, approx 3m in length. Knot together at one end. Secure the knot end so that it cannot spin as you are twisting the strands (ask someone to hold it or trap it in a drawer).
Twist the yarn to create a rope, keep twisting until you start to see the rope “kink”, then before it twists together, hold your finger at roughly the midpoint of the rope, then allow the rope to twist together to make a shorter, doubled up rope length. Undo the knot you did at the beginning, and re-tie to include all strands.
Knot at the other end too, then thread through the hat band holes, tying in a bow at the front. Trim as needed so the bow is not drooping over the brim. For safety, you could secure (by sewing) the ribbon at several points around the band, so it cannot be removed.
And now you have a fabulous rainbow sun hat!
If you do make our Rainbow Crochet Sun Hat be sure to tag us on social media @little.fig.handmade !
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