Ever wanted to make something that looked fancy but in reality was really pretty easy? We’ve got just the pattern for you. This rainbow beanie uses variegated yarn to get the look of a more complicated hat while sticking with simpler crochet stitches. This would be an excellent hat to wear at Pride, or you could switch up the colors for a patriotic or holiday-esque take. Purple, orange, and black would work for a Halloween hat, etc.
You’ll need to know the following stitches in order to make this beanie: chain (ch), ch2 (chain 2), back loop only (blo), double crochet (dc), slip stitch (sl st), fasten off (fo). The majority of the hat is constructed using the double crochet stitch in the back loops of the previous row. This creates the striping effect without too much effort on your part. At the top of the hat, you’ll need to leave a tail to pull through the top in order to cinch it. After that, you can add a pom pom if you wish, or a tassel, or even a few twisty yarn curls.
Gather up the following materials to make one of these beanies:
- Worsted weight yarn (the pattern uses Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Retro Stripes, though of course you aren’t limited in color choice)
- Depending on the size, you’ll need either a size “H” (todderl), “I” (child), or “J” (teen/adult) crochet hook
- A pair of scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Pom maker (optional – there are other ways to make pom-poms, or you can forego the pom-pom entirely)
This beanie is a great excuse to make yourself a beanie, but it can also be a great present to a friend or family member, especially if you live in a cold climate or if the person you’re gifting it to is moving to a colder area. It can be sent to soldiers, given to young adults going to college, or to cancer patients.
If you want to make one of these bright colored beanies, you can find the free written instructions on Ravelry as a PDF download.