Rainbow colors go round and round, punctuated by lightly textured, grey stripes. With a cotton/acrylic blend in vivid colors, this simple hat is just right for summer. It uses small amounts of several different colors, so is a great stashbuster project too.

Round the Mulberry Bush - A free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Here’s a fun fact: despite the popular nursery rhyme, mulberries actually grow on trees, not bushes!


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Round the Mulberry Bush

4-medium
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Materials:

 

Difficulty:

Easy – worked in the round, with some stitches worked into back or front loop only.

Sizes:

Pattern is written for 6-12 months, with changes for 18-24 months & 3-5 years in [ ].

  • Circumference: 16 inches [18 inches, 20 inches] (note, this should be 1-2 inches smaller than the actual head measurement)
  • Height: 6.5 inches [7 inches, 7.5 inches]

 

Gauge:

13 dc x 8 rows = 4 inches, with larger hook. Gauge is important for a good fit. Take time to check gauge.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • bpdc = back post double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • rnd = round
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side

Notes:

  • Join rounds as indicated with slip stitch in first st of round, unless otherwise stated.
  • Ch 3 at beginning of round counts as first double crochet.

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 Instructions:

Top Circle:

Rnd 1 (WS [WS, RS]): With red, work 12 dc in a magic ring and pull ring closed, join. (12 sts)

OR – alternate Rnd 1 (WS [WS, RS]: With red, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join. (12 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (24 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, turn, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 11 times, 2 dc in last st, join (36 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, turn, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts) 11 times, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st, join (48 sts).

Size 6-12 months only:

Rnd 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts) 5 times, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 6 sts, join, changing to grey. (54 sts)

Size 18-24 months only:

Rnd 5: Ch 3, turn, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts) 11 times, 2 dc in next st, dc in last 2 sts, join, changing to grey. (60 sts)

Size 3-5 yrs only:

Rnd 5: Ch 3, turn, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts) 11 times, 2 dc in next st, dc in last 2 sts, join, changing to grey. (60 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts) 5 times, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 8 sts, join, changing to grey. (66 sts)

Stripes:

Rnd 1 (RS): With grey, ch 1, turn, hdc in first st and in each st around, join in back loop only of first st, changing to gold. (54 [60, 66] sts)

Rnd 2: With gold, Ch 3, turn, dc in front loop only of next st and of each st around, join, changing to grey.

Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 1, changing to blue at the end instead of gold

Rnd 4: With blue, repeat rnd 2

Rnd 5: Repeat rnd 1, changing to orange at the end instead of gold

Rnd 6: With orange, repeat rnd 2

Rnd 7: Repeat Rnd 1, changing to green at the end instead of gold

Rnd 8: With green, ch 1, turn, sc in each st around, join.

Ribbing:

With smaller hook:

Rnd 1 (RS): With green, ch 3, turn, dc in next st and in each st around, join.

Rnds 2-3 [2-4, 2-5]: Ch 2 (counts as bpdc), do not turn, (fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st) around to last st, fpdc around last st, join.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Round the Mulberry Bush - A free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com


I hope you enjoy the pattern. Special thanks to JStockert & MixedKreations for testing it!

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