Monday, February 7, 2011

Rainbow Slinky Hat!

Note: I originally published this pattern on an old blog that I'm about to delete. 

I have a long-standing love of slinkies, hats, and sock yarn. I have yet to wear it public since it's SUPER COLORFUL, but maybe one day I'll dress up as Rainbow Brite for Halloween and it'll be the best costume ever.

Yarn: 1 skein of Schoppel-Wolle's Zauberball, or any other fingering-weight yarn with long color variegations. I imagine Crystal Palace Mini-Mochi, Noro Kureyon/Silk Garden Sock, and Kauni multicolor would work well, too. You'll need 400-500 yards, depending on how slouchy you want your hat to be.
Needles: Size 3 16" circular, size 4 16" circular, set of DPNs in size 4.
Notions: One round stitch marker.
Gauge: 28 stitches and 40 rows = 10 cm or 4 in.
Finished Size: Approximately 23 inches around, but can be blocked wider if desired.


Cast on 160 stitches using smaller needle (preferably long-tail or tubular; the cast-on edge needs to be stretchy!). Place marker to mark the beginning of the row. Slip marker on all rows.

Work in k2, p2 rib, twisting all purl stitches, for four inches (forty rows).

Switch to larger needle.

Purl five rows.

Knit five rows.

Repeat knit and purl sections until hat is desired length, ending with a purl section.

Switch to DPNs for decrease rows:

Round 1: K 8, K2tog around. (144 st.)
Round 2: K around.
Round 3: K 7, K2tog around. (128 st.)
Round 4: K around.
Round 5: K 6, K2tog around. (112 st.)
Round 6: K around.
Round 7: K 5, K2tog around. (96 st.)
Round 8: K around.
Round 9: K 4, K2tog around. (80 st.)
Round 10: K around.
Round 11: K 3, K2tog around. (64 st.)
Round 12: K around.
Round 13: K2, K2tog around. (48 st.)
Round 14: K around.
Round 15: K1, K2tog around. (32 st.)
Round 16: K around.
Round 17: K2tog around. (16 st.)

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block to desired dimensions.


  1. Love the pattern! I'm trying it out in a worsted weight for a quicker last minute gift knit.

  2. I got through the "purl 5 rows" but the beanie wasn't at all slouchy. Using the same sized needles and fingering yarn. Where have I gone wrong? LOL

  3. The purl five and knit five will be looser than the rib as you keep going. I’d keep working through it and you should see it start to slouch.