Rainbow Terrapin

So I wanted to make myself a hat. One that bunches a bit at the back, but that doesn’t make me head look too big.  I also have a collection of hand dyed yarn that hangs out in my workshop.  I often fall in love with a color and buy it.  Because it is expensive I typically buy just one ball, and then it waits for the perfect project.  Sine I’m in the middle of designing a blanket, I’ve been working with an ellipse mosaic pattern that is my new favorite stitch.  When you put that all together, that adds up to the Rainbow Terrapin.


To purchase the ad-free, PDF of this patter use the buy now button below.  This paid pattern includes the information on making the 21 inch version I made myself, and a larger 23 inch version and detailed instruction on how to make all the Standing stitches needed.

Hook size: 3.5 MM

Yarn: I used way less than a full ball of each type of yarn, so I will list grams so that you can figure out what in your stash might work for this hat.  I used Dream In Colors BFL, which is a two ply wool, cashmere and silk blend, I only used 34 grams of this yarn or about 126 yards.  For the contrasting color I used Classic Elite Yarns, Mika in the color way 6252, and I used 37 grams of that yarn. or 123 yards of this yarn.  All in all, with a ball of Mika and a ball of sock yarn, you could make two of these hats.s

Time:  This hat took me 3 hours to design and crochet.

Gauge: 1 full pattern repeat is 2.5 inches long.

Notes: I do not use any chain ups in this pattern, they tend to make visible seams when worked in the round.  I do use standing single stitches and standing double stitches instead. When making these stitches at the beginning of your rounds, please mark them with a stitch marker.  Move the market as you complete each round and make your Standing Double, Half Double or Single Crochets.

Yarn A is the contracting color purple.  Yarn B is the Rainbow title color.

With Yarn A Ch 5, and make it into a ring.

Round 1. Place 20 DC in the ring.  Begin by making 1 SDC, and add 19 addition DC into the ring.  SL ST to SDC.

Round 2: SDC, and place DC in the same space. Place 2 DC in each DC from round 1. SL ST to the SDC. You will end up with 40 DC total.

Round 3.  SDC and place DC in the same space. Place 2 DC in each DC from round 2. SL ST to the SDC. You will end up with 80 DC total. .

Round 5. With Color B SSC *SC in the next ST. HDC in the next ST. Make DC in each of the next 5 ST, HDC in the next, SC in the next, CH 1 and SK the next ST leaving it unworked.* repeat until you reach the .  At the end you should have 8 for a 21 inch hat,

Round 6. Repeat round 5.  Drop color B

Round 7. Pick up color A.  SSC.  Make 1 SC in the same space.  Place SC in each of the next 8.  DC in the CH SP, placing the stitch in the top of the DC made in round 4. *Sc in the next 9,  DC in the CH SP, placing the stitch in the top of the DC made in round 4* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.  SL to the SSC.

Round 8: using color A, CH 1. SC in every stitch all the way around the hat.  You will have made 80 SC for the 21 inch hat.

Round 9: You are going to off-set your pattern by 4 stitches, that way when you reach your brim, you will have no wave in your hat.  Think of it again, as tile work, they are often laid in off-set patterns.  So pick up color B.  SDC. 1 DC in the next two. HDC in the next and Sc in the next.  CH 1. SK 1 st. *SC in the next ST. HDC in the next ST. Make DC in each of the next 5 ST, HDC in the next, SC in the next, CH 1 and sk the next ST leaving it unworked.* repeat from * to * until you have 5 stitches remaining in this round.  Sc in the next, HDC in the next,  place 1 DC in each of the next two stitches. Sl ST to the 3rd chain of your original DC.

Round 10. Repeat round 9

Round 11: Change to color A. SSC in the first st.  SC in the next 3 st.  *DC in the CH SP, placing the stitch in the top of the SC made in round 8. SC in the next 9 ST* repeat from * to * all the way around. SL to the SSC you made.

Round 12: With Color A, SSC, then SC in next chain.  SC in each ST all the way around.

Repeat rounds 5 thru 12 until your hat reaches your desired length OR 4 times.

With Color A you will create the brim of your hat.

Round 1 of the brim: SDC in the first space.  Place 1 DC in each and every SC from your last round. SL ST to the SDC. Count to make sure you have 80 DC

Round 2 of the brim: In this round you will start working on the ribbing for the brim.  You will be making 2 BPDC and 2 FPDC all the way around the hat.  Start by making a SHDC, this counts as a BPDC.  Make a BPDC in the next stitch.  *Make 1 FPDC in each of the next 2 DC from the previous round.  Make 1 BPDC in each of the next 2 DC from the previous round.* Repeat from * to * until you complete the round.  Make a SL ST to the SHDC.

Round 3 of the brim: Repeat round 2 of the Brim.  You can repeat round 2 as many times as you wish, but I stopped after completing round 3.

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