Crochet Rainbow Sunhat

The fpony beads in this easy crochet project adds a fun and unexpected twist.Its been raining, its been pouring, it has been nothing but bad news a-soaring. 

I feel as though the world has been sending nothing but gloomy skies and stormy weather my way for the last few weeks.  After starting this post over and over, I have decided it’s time to stop wallowing in my puddles of bad news and I’m just going to write.  This fun-floppy-rainbow-sunhat only took 4 hours to complete, the pattern was easy to write up, and the girls fought over the owner of the finished product before it was even off my hook (all wins in the crochet game).  So even though I haven’t been feeling very rainbow-y inside,  I need to share my little rainbow of hope and I know it is sure to brighten someone’s day.

I feel like I should emphasize how easy and fun this project was to complete, because that prelude was a little gloomy.  The whole project took about 4 hours from start to finish, the colors are fun and the girls have already gotten many compliments on their unique hat.  Those pony beads add just the right amount of whimsy to this simple crochet project.  So lets grab our hooks, fill our mugs and smash some crochet goals.

This is a free pattern, but please do not share this pattern as your own.  You may make items to sell with this pattern, in exchange, please link back to this post.  Do not use my photos as your own sales photos.  Please feel free to tag CoffeeandCrochetGoals to share your completed projects.

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SIZE:

The finished hat fits my four year old, with a head circumference of 20 inches.

SUPPLIES:

  • Color 1: White in Carron 1lb yarn
  • I used scraps of RED HEART YARN in my stash for the rainbow border.
  • Pony beads purchased from Hobby Lobby
  • Size I (5.25mm)crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • SC – single crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • SL ST – slip stitch
  • CH – chain
  • Reverse SC – working a SC left to right instead of right to left

BEAD STRINGING

Pony beads sorted and ready to be strung for the free crochet rainbow sunhatTo start this project, begin with stringing your beads with that trusty tapestry needle. Put them on in a rainbow pattern; red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, blue, and purple.  The beads will be worked onto our project backwards (purple first), but they are also worked on the “wrong-side” of our work so they will read red on the left to purple on the right.  9B89925F-23E5-404D-87BD-4237B3D04A7D.jpeg

 

As you work the main crochet part of this project simply push the stack of beads down away from your hook.  It does help to pull your yarn from the center, so that your beads are not circling the yarn ball continuously.

ROUND 1:  Start with a magic ring in the white yarn.  CH3 and 11DC into ring.  SL ST to the top of CH3 (12).

ROUND 2:  CH3 (counts as first DC) and 1DC into same stitch.  2DC into every stitch.  SL ST to the top of CH3 (24).

ROUND 3:  CH3 and 1DC into the same stitch.  1DC in the next stitch.  *2DC into the following stitch and 1DC into the next stitch.  Repeat from * 10 more times.  SL ST to the top of CH3 (36).

ROUND 4:  CH3 and 1DC into the same stitch. 1DC into the next two stitches. *2DC into the following stitch and 1DC into the next two stitches.  Repeat from * 10 more times.  SL ST to the top of CH3 (48).

ROUND 5:  CH3 and 1 DC into the same stitch. 1DC into the next three stitches.  *2DC into the following stitch and 1DC in the next three stitches.  Repeat from * 10 more times.  SL ST to the top of CH3 (60).

ROUND 6:  CH3 and 1DC into the same stitch.  1DC into the next 5 stitches.  *2DC into the following stitch and 1DC into the next 5 stitches.  Repeat from * 8 more times.  SL ST to the top of CH3 (70).

ROUND 7 – ROUND 10: CH3 and 1DC into ever stitch around.  SL ST to the top of  CH3 (70).

THE BEADED BAND

ROUND 11: Tip:  make sure your work this SC band with a looser tension, you can go up a hook size to help, otherwise it will “pull in” the band of the hat making the top pucker out. CH1 and work 1SC into every stitch around.  SL ST to the CH1 (70).

ROUND 12: CH1 and push the first purple pony bead close to your hook.  Single crochet right over the top of this bead and into the next stitch (no skipping).  *1SC into the next stitch.  Bring the next bead into position and single crochet over the top of it into the next stitch.  Continue from * 33 times. SL ST to the CH1 (70 stitches and 35 beads in this round).

ROUND 13: CH1 and work 1SC into every stitch around.  SL ST to the CH1 (70).

ROUND 14: CH1 and push the first purple pony bead close to your hook. Single crochet right over the top of this bead and into the next stitch (no skipping). *1SC into the next stitch. Bring the next bead into position and single crochet over the top of it into the next stitch. Continue from * 33 times. SL ST to the CH1 (70 stitches and 35 beads in this round).

ROUND 15:  CH1 and work 1SC into every stitch around.  SL ST to the CH1 (70).

ROUND 16: CH1 and push the first purple pony bead close to your hook. Single crochet right over the top of this bead and into the next stitch (no skipping). *1SC into the next stitch. Bring the next bead into position and single crochet over the top of it into the next stitch. Continue from * 33 times. SL ST to the CH1 (70 stitches and 35 beads in this round).

THE FLOPPY EDGING

A fun view of the rainbow brim on the floppy-rainbow-sunhat.

ROUND 17: Go back to your original hook or tension for the following rounds.  CH3 and 1DC into every stitch around.  SL ST to the top of CH3 (70).  Tie off white yarn.

I despise tying in loose ends at the end of my projects.  When I finally complete a project I want to enjoy it, not spend another hour weaving in those loose ends.  Sometimes, there is no way around it, but this project is perfect for simply working over those ends as you complete your rounds.

ROUND 18: Attach the red yarn. CH1 and 1SC into the same stitch. 1SC into the next stitch. *2SC into the following stitch and 1SC into the next.  Repeat from * 33 more times.  SL ST to the CH1 (105). Tie off the red yarn.

ROUND 19: Attach the orange yarn.  CH1 and 1SC into every stitch around (105). Tie off orange yarn.

ROUND 20:  Attach the yellow yarn. CH1 and 1SC into the same stitch. 1SC into the next two stitches. *2SC into the following stitch and 1SC into the next two stitches.  Repeat from *33 more times.  SL ST to the CH1 (140).  Tie off the yellow yarn.

ROUND 21: Attach the green yarn.  CH1 and 1SC into every stitch around (140).  Tie off green yarn.

ROUND 22:  Attach the light blue yarn.  CH1 and 1SC into the same stitch.  1SC into the next three stitches.  *2SC into the following stitch and 1SC into the next three stitches.  Repeat from * 33 more times.  SL ST to the CH1 (175).  Tie off light blue yarn.

ROUND 23:  Attach the blue yarn.  CH1 and 1SC into every stitch around (175).  Tie off blue yarn.

ROUND 24:  Attach the purple yarn.  CH1 and 1SC into the same stitch.  1SC into the next four stitches.  2SC into the following stitch and 1SC into the next four stitches.  Repeat from * 33 more times.  SL ST to the CH1 (210).  Tie off purple yarn.

ROUND 25: Attach the white yarn.  CH1 and single crochet in reverse in every stitch around.  To work a reverse stitch simply work left to right, instead of right to left.  It may take a couple stitches to get the hang of going “backwards” but it is a simple stitch that adds such a substantial finished edge.  Tie off and weave in the end.

This fun and easy crochet sunhat has an extra touch of whimsy with the added pony bead band,

 

I hope this little fun and easy Floppy-Rainbow-Sunhat brightens your day.  I know that I needed a little rainbow in my life and hopefully it brightens someone’s day as well.  I may be currently surrounded by dark days and there may be even more in my future, but if you want to enjoy the rainbow you have to put up with a little rain.

 


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