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Quirky Rainbow Hat

By: Grace Michelle from gracenewgrace.wixsite.com
Quirky Rainbow Hat
Quirky Rainbow Hat
This image courtesy of gracenewgrace.wixsite.com

"This is a fun, colorful hat to knit up some of that scrap yarn that's been storing up! All you need are enough scraps for a hat, circular needles in a size suited to your yarn, a measuring tape, and a tapestry needle to weave in ends. My mom (my biggest fan, of course) says I have a tendency to make her appreciate things that wouldn't normally appeal to her aesthetic preferences. This hat was one of those things, with all its disjointed stripes and mismatched colors. It's not for everyone, but I have my quirks! What about you? This is a tutorial with general instructions for making a hat like the one pictured.

This hat is meant to be made using scrap yarns. Your gauge will depend on the yarns and needle size you choose, but I have included my gauge as a guideline for the yarns and needle size I used. Instructions also include the number of stitches I cast on for my own hat. Read all the instructions through first so you are confident you have the skills to complete this project and will enjoy knitting it up! This is a very basic, quick knit that can be adapted to any size very easily. I hope it encourages you to use up some of your own scraps!"

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Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • Scrap Yarns (enough for the size hat you'd like to make). Mine was probably about 200 yards or more.
  • Circular knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle
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Most of the time, I tend to crochet hats rather than knit because they work up quicker. I do like the way knit hats look, though, and choose to knit over crochet sometimes. I like the colourfulness of this hat and I think it would work great with scrap yarn or a sock like yarn that has shorter color changes.

This hat was designed by a girl after my own heart. I have to use every bit of odd yarn I have in something and this hat will be no exception. I will proudly wear it as well - with a matching scarf. Or close to matching. I knit hats for charity as well and this will go over well. I appreciate it that she writes the pattern to suit different needles and types of yarn. It won't be hard to figure out. Thank you.

What a great stash buster pattern! I have seen some other striped hats that use different yarns but this one is the best so far. I think the key is that there is a main color and it is repeated throughout the hat, rather than just a random jumble of colors. Pinned!

I've been trying to knit through my stash of odds and ends for about a year now, and this is perfect for my little balls. I can't wait to give it a try. However, I think weaving in the ends will be a challenge. Does anyone have any tips on an efficient way to weave in the ends?

This is easier to do than explain, but let me try. When you join yarns, hold the two tails together in back of your work. Work one stitch, then insert needle into the next stitch and loop the two tails over the needle, but don't pull it through. Instead, work the next stitch over the top of the tails, embedding in your work. Work the next stitch as normal, then loop the tails in the next stitch. Repeat until the tails are too short to work with. All you have to do is trim the ends.

#bestideaever I'm currently working on hats for charity AND trying to use some of my stash in the process. I've tried other "scrappy" hats, but none as cute as this one! The instructions and photos are very helpful.

#bestideaever this is a great way to use up scraps and have a hand gift for just about anybody.

#BestIdeaEver I love this hat! It's an adorable pattern and a great way to use up any leftover yarn! I love how the main color continues throughout the hat. I'm about 1/2 way through my first one!

This is indeed a quirky little hat but its certainly worth adding to your wardrobe or knit it for a lucky teen. I know I have a lot of small balls of yarn from left over projects, some of them are only a yard or two and they would work perfectly in this hat. If you use the magic knot or a Russian join, you won't have any ends to weave in when you finish. There are some great tutorials for them on Youtube or just type in the names of the knots into your search engine to find complete instructions.

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