Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern

I couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to a truly captivating and versatile knitting project – the Kaleidoscope Harmony Knit Hat. This lovely knit beanie is perfect for those of you who enjoy the art of stranded knitting. This colorwork knit hat pattern will not disappoint. Knit those mini hanks or scrap yarn into this stunning knitted work of art.

The image shows a person wearing a hand-knit hat with intricate colorwork. The hat, named "Kaleidoscope Harmony," features a vibrant mix of colors creating a striking pattern. The text on the image reads "kaleidoscope harmony free knit pattern by Marly Bird," indicating that this is a design by Marly Bird and that the pattern is available for free. The colorful design of the hat is reminiscent of a kaleidoscope with its symmetrical, repeating patterns and a harmonious blend of colors.

Let me start by saying that this colorwork knit hat pattern is an absolute delight to work on. Combining different colors and simple pattern charts gives the finished product a mesmerizing kaleidoscope effect. It’s like wearing a work of art on your head! Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just starting, you’ll be completely engaged and entertained every step of the way with this project.

One of the things I love most about the “Kaleidoscope Harmony Hat” is how it allows you to experiment with various color combinations. You can let your creativity run wild and create your unique colorways. I designed this colorwork knit hat pattern in a way that allows you to easily incorporate different shades and hues, making it a truly personalized piece.

So, if you’re ready to dive into the world of stranded knitting and colorwork, grab your knitting needles, and let’s embark on this colorful journey together. Whether you choose to use this colorwork knit hat pattern for yourself or as a special gift for a loved one, I guarantee that the experience will be both enjoyable and satisfying. Stay tuned for my next post. I share useful tips and tricks to get you started on your “Kaleidoscope Harmony Hat” adventure. Happy knitting!

The image features a collage of three photos showcasing a hand-knit hat with a detailed colorwork pattern. At the top, two side-by-side photos depict a person wearing the hat, one showing a profile view and the other a front view, highlighting the hat's fit and design. The bottom photo provides a close-up of the hat laid flat, displaying the intricacy of the colorwork. Above the images, the text "kaleidoscope harmony" is written in a playful, cursive font, followed by "FREE KNIT HAT PATTERN" in capital letters, indicating that the pattern is available at no cost. The design of the hat features a rich array of colors, woven into a complex pattern reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, with a solid color ribbed band at the bottom. The overall presentation suggests that this is promotional material for the free pattern of the "Kaleidoscope Harmony" knit hat by Marly Bird.

What is Fair Isle Knitting?

This isn’t just some old knitting technique; it’s a vibrant tradition born in the Shetland Islands, where knitters first began knitting tales and traditions into their jumpers with each color they added.

Traditionally, you’d never see more than two colors per round, but the number of colors overall could be unlimited. However, the color palette was typically only that of locally dyed yarn. Projects made from pure Shetland Wool from the Shetland Islands are considered true Fair Isle.

Something to note about knitting with color with the Fair Isle knitting technique: as the knitter transitions from one color to the next, the unused color floats behind the stitches on the needle. Usually, the float does not travel more than 3-5 stitches. Also, the traditional patterning for Fair Isle colorwork is an X and O design.

The image displays a detailed view of a knit fabric with stranded colorwork. The pattern features geometric shapes and motifs in a palette of soft whites, blues, greens, and small accents of red, creating a visually rich and textured appearance. This type of work is characteristic of meticulous knitting techniques that involve carrying multiple yarns and alternating between them to create intricate designs. The precision of the stitches and the clarity of the color transitions showcase the skill involved in creating such a piece. The fabric's design is indicative of the complexity and beauty found in stranded colorwork knitting projects like those created by Marly Bird.

Are Stranded Colorwork and Fair Isle Knitting the Same Thing?

So, the long and short answer is that Fair Isle is a specific technique in stranded colorwork. Here’s what most people think when they use the term ‘Fair Isle’ to describe a colorwork project:

  • Involves working with multiple colors in the same row.
  • Creates beautiful patterns and motifs.
  • Carry two or more colors of yarn across the back of your work while knitting with the active color.

This is NOT FAIR ISLE but Stranded Colorwork.

Why is it not Fair Isle?

Because the project, as described, doesn’t fit all three criteria to be called Fair Isle Knitting.

Listen, we can clearly see the term ‘Fair Isle’ has become the go-to term for all sorts of stranded colorwork in today’s society. The general public has loosened up the rules of calling something Fair Isle. Still, the true traditionalists believe that calling everything Fair Isle when it does not meet all the criteria to be so lessens the history of the Shetland culture and devalues true Fair Isle.

What are the three rules for a project to be considered truly Fair Isle?

  1. The stitch pattern features the traditional X and 0 design.
  2. The project only has two colors working at a time.
  3. Project is made from pure Shetland Wool from the Shetland Islands.

If a project cannot check off all three of the criteria, then its default technique is stranded colorwork knitting.

Where Can You Learn More About Fair Isle?

A long-time friend, Mary Jane Mucklestone, is my go-to resource for learning more about Fair Isle! Her books are a staple in my library, and I encourage all of you to purchase her books for your library.

Mary Jane Mucklestone Books on Amazon

Things You Should Know For Stranded Colorwork

When you start your journey with stranded colorwork, you will immediately come across some different charts and terms that may not be familiar to you. So, to help you along, here is a basic list of things I think you should know before you start any colorwork knit hat pattern, knit sweater, or knit…anything!

How to Read a Colorwork Knitting Chart

Reading a colorwork knitting chart is like following a map that guides you through a landscape of stitches and hues. Most stranded knitting projects typically work in the round (that means no purling or purls in the body of the work!). You’ll interpret the chart in a specific direction: starting from the bottom row and moving upwards, reading each row from right to left—just like how you knit in the round.

Here’s an example of a stitch pattern worked across 7 stitches and 13 rows. Notice the row numbers are on the right of the chart. That indicates you’ll read each row from that side of the chart. This chart includes the color key for each stitch as well.

example of a knit colorwork chart that can be read from bottom to top and right to left for in the round. Includes a key for the colors of each square - Marly Bird How to read a colorwork chart

Effectively navigate a colorwork chart

  1. Orientation: Begin at the bottom right of the chart, as this corresponds with the first stitch of the first round. Charts typically have row numbers to the right to guide you, just like the numbered rounds on the Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern.
  2. Chart Representation: The chart is a visual representation of your knitting. Each square on the chart is one stitch, and the color of the square tells you which color yarn to use for that stitch.
  3. Repeats: Many charts show a set of stitches that are repeated around the project. For instance, one horizontal row of squares on the chart may repeat several times to complete one round of your hat. This is why charts often reflect a stitch pattern or colorwork motif repeat rather than the entire round.
  4. Markers: Place stitch markers on your needles after each pattern repeat to keep your place and make spotting errors easier. This breaks your knitting into manageable sections and allows you to track your progress more accurately.
  5. Working the Rounds: When you reach the end of a chart row, you circle back to the first square of that same row and begin again, repeating the pattern as many times as necessary to use up all the stitches in the round of your hat.
  6. Right Side Representation: Remember that the chart shows the right side (RS) of your work. This is what your knitting looks like from the side seen when worn.

Reading a colorwork chart requires a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a skill that will serve you well in all your colorwork projects. With each round of the Kaleidoscope Harmony colorwork knit hat pattern, you’ll see the design unfold, stitch by vibrant stitch. Follow the chart and watch your knitting come to life.

What is Color Dominance?

Color dominance in stranded colorwork knitting is a subtle but impactful aspect of knitting with two or more colors. It’s all about which color stands out more on the right side of the finished fabric. When you’re knitting with multiple colors, one of those colors will naturally appear more prominent, or “dominant,” on the right side of the work, while the other color will seem to fall into the background. This isn’t random—it directly results from the placement of the yarn as it’s carried along the work’s wrong side (WS).

Here’s the technical part: the dominant color is typically the one sitting underneath the other color on the WS. Because the yarn carried underneath travels slightly farther to reach the next stitch, giving that stitch a bit more yarn and thus making it slightly larger and more pronounced on the right side. The other color, receding into the background, is the one that is stranded over the top on the WS.

Dominance in Colorwork Charts

When you’re following a colorwork chart, there’s often a key to indicate which color should be the dominant one and which should fade into the background. This is crucial for the overall look of the design, as it helps the motifs to pop and be more visually striking.

For many knitters, managing color dominance involves holding the dominant color in one hand (often the left) and the background color in the other (often the right), ensuring the way they cross on the WS remains consistent. Always carry the dominant color below the background color to maintain its prominence throughout the piece.

The image depicts a close-up of a person's hands performing the tucking in or catching  floats technique in stranded knitting. The hands are shown holding knitting needles and yarn, with the left needle displaying a work in progress that features two colors: blue and white. The person's right hand is using a knitting needle to manipulate the blue yarn, while the left hand is controlling the tension of the white yarn, which is being carried or 'floated' across the back of the work along the bottom. This technique is used to manage the long strands of yarn on the back side of colorwork knitting, ensuring that the floats are secured and the tension remains even. The image clearly shows the intricate process of managing yarns during colorwork knitting, a skill necessary for creating neat and even fabric in multi-color patterns. This is also a depiction of holding the color dominant yarn in the left hand and the non-dominant yarn  color in the right had as a knitter does stranded knitting - Marly Bird

Consistency is key. If you swap the positioning of your yarns halfway through, you’ll notice a shift in your fabric where the motif doesn’t stand out as intended. It’s one of those magical knitting techniques that can transform a flat piece of colorwork into something with depth and vibrancy.

If you want to test out what colors you want to be more dominant…swatch, swatch, swatch!

In the context of the Kaleidoscope Harmony colorwork knit hat pattern, paying attention to color dominance means that the chosen dominant color will really shine, making the intricate patterns and shapes of your hat stand out beautifully, achieving that kaleidoscopic effect that makes the design so captivating.

How and When to Weave, or Tucking or Catching the Float

In stranded colorwork knitting you’ll hear about “weaving,” “tucking,” or “catching” a float. This refers to the technique used to manage the long strands or “floats” of yarn that run across the back of the work when using multiple colors. These floats occur when you carry a color of yarn across the back while knitting with another color. If these floats are too long, they can catch on fingers or buttons or cause the fabric to bunch up.

What it means to weave, tuck, or catch a float

  • Weaving or Catching a Float: As you knit with one color, you periodically “catch” the float of the other color by bringing the unused yarn over or under the yarn that’s currently being worked. This traps it against the fabric. Do this every few stitches to keep the float short and secure. I recommend you catch floats every 3-5 stitches to prevent them from becoming too long.
  • Tucking: This is another term for the same process. Gently wrap the yarn not used around the working yarn, securing it in place until it is needed again.

This technique helps to:

  1. Maintain the fabric’s elasticity, as long floats can restrict the stretch of the fabric.
  2. Keep the inside of the work neat, which is especially important for items like hats or gloves where the inside can be visible or touch the skin.
  3. Prevent tangling and snagging of long floats on the wrong side of the work.

When knitting the Kaleidoscope Harmony colorwork knit hat pattern or any other project with stranded colorwork, mastering how to weave in your floats is key to creating a beautifully finished piece that’s as pleasant to look at on the inside as it is on the outside. I have a video to help you weave or catch your floats on the Marly Bird YouTube Channel.

The image presents a close-up view of the inside-out aspect of a stranded knit pattern, known colloquially among knitters as "float porn." The term celebrates the often unseen side of colorwork knitting, where the carried yarns, or "floats," create their own intricate pattern on the reverse side of the fabric. This view showcases a tapestry of intertwined yarns in a kaleidoscope of colors, highlighting the complex craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into such knitting work. The vibrant strands crisscross in harmony, revealing the structural beauty and skill that Marly Bird's patterns are known for.

What is Float Porn?

Here’s the wonderful aspect of this stranded knitting technique. The ‘wrong’ side is not just the backstage to the color show happening on the front; it’s a world of its own. Around here, we lovingly call it “floatporn.” Why? Because of those floats of yarn on the back! It’s simply stunning when worked in balance and harmony. They’re the unsung heroes, the intricate network that holds our colorwork canvas together.

The term celebrates the often unseen side of colorwork knitting, where the carried yarns, or “floats,” create their own intricate pattern on the reverse side of the fabric.

Have floats twisted around each other, too tight or too loose, and the entire knitted fabric can be a mess. Yet when floats balance perfectly, the ‘wrong’ side is a work of art.

The image showcases a beautifully knitted hat laid flat on a wooden surface, providing a clear view of the intricate colorwork pattern. The pattern features an array of vibrant colors forming a complex, kaleidoscopic design. The lower part of the hat has a ribbed band in a teal color, which provides a nice contrast to the multicolored body of the hat. Overlaying the image is a stylized text that reads "Kaleidoscope Harmony Hat," followed by "Free Knit Hat Pattern," indicating that the pattern for this hat is available for free. The design elements and color scheme of the hat are typical of Marly Bird's distinctive and colorful style in knitwear.

Stranded Knitting Patterns by Marly Bird

Call me a traditionalist, but I try hard to call any of my stranded colorwork, well, stranded colorwork instead of Fair Isle. Because I’ve never made anything with Shetland Wool, I immediately don’t meet all 3 of the criteria. But I do LOVE working with colors and the stranded colorwork technique.

Using this amazing knitting style, I have designed sweaters, ponchos, mittens, hats, and bags. It’s one of the best ways to use color in my work; you know I love it!

Here are some of my most popular patterns using knit colorwork

But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a knitting expert to try your hand at stranded colorwork. I taught the students in the BiCrafty Bootcamp for knitters how to knit with two colors (one color in each hand) for their first hat, and they succeeded. You can too! Do you want that pattern? Get started with it here.

The image features a smiling individual outdoors adjusting a vibrantly colored knitted hat. The hat displays a dynamic colorwork pattern in shades of blue and pink, with a ribbed edge providing a snug fit. The person is also wearing a cowl around their neck in a complementary shade of purple, suggesting the items could be part of a matching set. The natural lighting and greenery in the background accentuate the vivid colors of the knitwear, highlighting the craftsmanship and style of the accessories. The overall image conveys a sense of casual fashion and the joy of wearing personally crafted items. - pattern is BiCrafty Bootcamp My First Knit Hat and Complimentary Cowl by Marly Bird

Trust me, there are plenty of beginner-friendly Fair Isle (or, I should say, stranded colorwork) patterns and tutorials out there to help you get started. And remember, when you knit, it’s just sticks and string. You can do anything! Just tell yourself you can! 😉

So grab your knitting needles, pick out some colorful yarns, and dive into the wonderful world of Fair Isle…ahem…stranded colorwork. You’ll be amazed at the stunning designs you’ll create with just a little patience and practice!

Stash Diving: What Yarn is Best for Stranded Knitting?

Choosing the best yarn for stranded colorwork is quite an adventure, given the sheer abundance of options. You’ve got a world of fibers, textures, colors, and weights at your fingertips, but when it comes to colorwork, a few considerations can help guide your choice.

The golden rule for selecting yarn for colorwork is to go with something blockable, with wool or wool blends being top of the list. Wool is lauded for its ‘memory,’ meaning it can return to its original shape after stretching. This helps your stitches settle neatly into place and maintain the shape of your garment over time.

Close Encounters of the Yarn Kind

When you’re out there feeling your way through the yarns at your local yarn shop (LYS), you’ll encounter everything from hearty, woolly textures to the sleekness of plied superwash Merinos. Rustic wools, like Shetland yarn, are particularly forgiving for colorwork. Their fuzzy, furry nature works wonders for smoothing over tension variations, making your colorwork look even and well-defined.

In contrast, smoother and rounder yarns, like single-ply superwash yarns, can be trickier as they tend to slip past each other easily, potentially highlighting imperfections in tension. Plus, superwash yarns are known to ‘grow’ when blocked and with wear due to their stretchy nature. So, if you opt for superwash, do block your swatch and keep in mind that it may affect sizing over time.

Color, Color, and More Color!

And let’s not forget the joy of color! Colorwork begs for a palette that’s as expansive as your imagination. Opting for a yarn line with a wide range of colors allows you to play and experiment, creating a stash that’s a treasure trove of possibilities for any spur-of-the-moment colorwork project.

Image of all the shades of yarn available in the Swish Worsted yarn line from KnitPicks and WeCrochet - Marly Bird

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even mix and match yarns from different brands, types, and weights. Imagine combining aran with worsted, or DK with sport weight in the same project—this can elevate your work’s textural and visual complexity. Even holding a sock weight yarn double can allow it to play nicely alongside heavier yarns in your colorwork.

So, as you embark on this journey, let your swatching be your guide. Whether you’re crafting a cozy poncho or the Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern, finding the right yarn is the first step to a successful and satisfying colorwork experience.

The Beauty of Creating Something Unique with Mini Hanks, Yarn Scraps, and Leftover Yarn

Oh, the irresistible allure of mini skeins! They beckon to us, don’t they? Their riot of colors is like candy for the crafty soul, gleaming from the store shelves or glowing from our computer screens. It’s no wonder we find ourselves with bins brimming with these little bundles of joy. Yet, often, we’re left pondering the perfect project to showcase their full potential.

The image shows a collection of mini hanks of yarn artfully arranged in a bowl. The yarns come in a variety of rich colors including teal, pink, grey, yellow, and charcoal, adding a pop of color to the muted backdrop of white bowls. The setting has a creative and cozy atmosphere, indicative of a crafting environment where these yarns might soon be turned into a vibrant knitting project. The image is well composed, with a soft focus that draws attention to the yarns themselves, suggesting they are the main subject, possibly for a crafting or knitting-related theme. -Marly Bird

Enter the stage: the Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern. It’s as if I dreamt up this hat just for these pint-sized pretties. With its spectrum of shades, each round becomes a canvas for the vibrant rainbow that mini skeins can create. The hat’s design calls for just a dash of each color, making those mini skeins the ideal candidates.

Got Yarny Leftovers?

But what about those leftover yarns? Those precious remnants from projects past that aren’t quite enough for a solo act but are too beloved to be forgotten. This hat embraces them all, weaving together the odds and ends into a mosaic of memories. That is actually how I came to design this hat. I had remaining yarn from my Color Kaleidoscope Poncho Pattern and wanted to use it up. So, I designed this hat and the Harmony Hues Hat with that scrap yarn. And I still have more yarn I can use to make even more hats!

This is more than just a hat; it celebrates every scrap, a declaration that nothing is too small to shine. As you knit, you’re not just reducing your stash—you’re giving new life to every last yard of your favorite fibers. And when you’ve bound off the last stitch, you have a stunning, one-of-a-kind creation and the perfect excuse to replenish your collection without an ounce of guilt. After all, who can resist the call of new skeins, especially when they promise another adventure in colorwork?

Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern

My friends, we’ve yarned about Fair Isle, chatted up those stranded colorwork skills, and geeked out on the primo yarns (and scraps) that’ll make our stitches sing. And now? It’s time to scoop up that free pattern for the oh-so-gorgeous Kaleidoscope Harmony Hat!

Whoa there, hold onto those circulars for just a smidge longer! Before you start casting on and getting lost in the rhythm of those stitches, take a quick trip over to Ravelry. Let’s give this pattern a little love by adding it to your queue and smashing that ‘Favorite’ button. It’s like giving your future self a high-five because you’re gonna want to come back to this one.

Favorite This Pattern on Ravelry - Marly Bird

Got it queued? Favorited? Perfect. Now, grab those scrumptious mini skeins and those precious leftover yarns that have given you the eye. It’s our time to shine and stitch up a storm with the Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern.

The image captures a hand-knit hat with an intricate colorwork pattern, being held by a pair of hands with red nail polish. The hat is richly colored with a variety of hues, forming a pattern that resembles a kaleidoscope. The ribbed brim of the hat is in a solid teal color, which transitions into the vibrant colorwork. Overlaying the image at the top is the text "kaleidoscope harmony," followed by "free knit pattern by Marly Bird," suggesting that this is a promotional image for a free knitting pattern offered by Marly Bird. The style of the hat and the choice of colors reflect Marly Bird's signature aesthetic, known for its bold and colorful designs. - Marly Bird

The Kaleidoscope Harmony Hat – Designed by Marly Bird

Skill Level: Intermediate


To Fit Size

Average Adult

Finished Measurements

The finished hat size is 22″ [55.88 cm] circumference; 8.7″ [22 cm] tall


20 sts and 24 rounds = 4” [10 cm] in Fair Isle knitting stocking st and larger needle.


The materials for this hat include no more than 20 grams of 9 different colors of worsted weight yarn (often less than that). Wool yarn (or lambswool) is preferred for this project, but acrylic will work if you’re allergic to wool.


Patons® Classic Wool™(3.5 oz/100 g; 194 yds/177 m; cyc #4 worsted weight yarn) less than 20 g of each of the following colors:

Contrast A Indigo (77772) 1 ball

Contrast B Rich Raspberry (77783) 1 ball

Contrast C Pumpkin (77605) 1 ball

Contrast D Sprout (77759) 1 ball

Contrast E Rich Grass (77764) 1 ball

Contrast F Seafoam (77219) 1 ball

Contrast G Rich Teal (77768) 1 ball

Contrast H Aran (00202) 1 ball

Contrast I Brown Mustard (77757) 1 ball

Knitting Needles

Knitting needle size U.S. 8 [5 mm] 16” [40.5 cm], also size 9 [5.5 mm] circular knitting needles 16” [40.5 cm] and set of 4 double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge.


Stitch marker, tapestry or yarn needle, optional pom pom

Common Knitting Abbreviations

Approx – Approximately

Beg – Beginning

Inc – Increase(ing)

K – Knit Stitch

Kfb – Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch

K2tog – Knit two together

P – Purl Stitch

PM – Place marker

Rep – Repeat

Rnd(s) – Round(s)

RS – Right side

SM – slip marker

Tog – Together

Special Knitting Stitches and Video Support

Knit Front and Back (Kfb): Knit through front and back of next stitch – 1 stitch increased. https://youtu.be/k9rWymMDxgM

Knit Two Together (k2tog): Knit 2 stitches together – 1 stitch decreased.

How to Knit in the Round: https://youtu.be/JVEi7YPmXnc

How to Knit Fair Isle Technique: https://youtu.be/PQJoqlwL1OQ

How to Weave or Catch Floats: https://youtu.be/TNVVI0iGqvs

How to Add a Life Line: https://youtu.be/l4YD0A8MNCc

How to Bury Your Ends: https://youtu.be/8_NBGUKjO-E

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  • The hat’s brim is worked in a 1×1 ribbing with smaller knitting needles, but the body of the hat is worked in stockinette stitch with the Fair Isle technique and larger knitting needles.
  • When working in the Fair Isle technique, carry yarn not used loosely across WS of work but never over more than 5 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color in use on next st or at center point of sts it passes over. The colors are never twisted around one another.
  • When a color is finished being used in a section, cut it and carry on. Do not carry colors up the inside of work.
  • Maintain the colorwork chart knitting instructions for the crown of the hat.
The image is a side-by-side collage of two photos featuring a person wearing a hand-knit hat, known as the "Kaleidoscope Harmony Hat." The hat showcases a vibrant, multicolored pattern with intricate designs reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, set against a teal ribbed brim. The person is dressed in a matching blue jacket with a patterned design, complementing the hat's colors. In the right photo, the individual is looking towards the camera with a pleasant smile, while the left photo captures a more contemplative expression, gazing downward. The backdrop is outdoors, with blurred greenery that highlights the hat's vivid colors. The Marly Bird logo in the corner indicates that this is a promotional image for a free knitting pattern available from Marly Bird. The hat's colorful and detailed pattern, along with the wearer's content expression, exudes warmth and the cheerful spirit of handmade fashion.

Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern


With color G and smaller circular needle, cast on 100 sts. Join in rnd and place marker on first st.

Round 1 (RS): *K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Rep this rnd of (K1, p1) ribbing for 1 ¼ ” [4 cm].

Next Round: *Kfb, K9; rep from * around — 110 stitches on the knitting needle.

Change to larger circular needle and proceed as follows:


Recommend adding a stitch marker between each repeat of the chart. Make sure the beginning of the round marker is a different color or style than the ones separating the repeats around the body.

1st – 10th rnds: Knit Chart I, reading rnds from right to left, noting 10-st rep will be worked 11 times.

color chart for the first section of the Kaleidoscope Harmony Knit Hat Pattern by Marly Bird

The stitch multiple of this chart changes, remove the markers from the previous chart, and place markers to the new location and continue.

11th – 19th rnds: Knit Chart II, reading rnds from right to left, noting 11-st rep will be worked 10 times.

color chart for the second section of the Kaleidoscope Harmony Knit Hat Pattern by Marly Bird

The stitch multiple of this chart changes, remove the markers from the previous chart, and place markers to the new location and continue.

20th – 30th rnds: Knit Chart III, reading rnds from right to left, noting 10-st rep will be worked 11 times.

color chart for the third section of the Kaleidoscope Harmony Knit Hat Pattern by Marly Bird

Remove all the stitch markers BUT the one at the beginning of the round. Continue to the crown shaping.


Knit Chart IV, reading rnds from right to left, noting decreases will will be worked 11 times.

color chart for the crown shaping section of the Kaleidoscope Harmony Knit Hat Pattern by Marly Bird


Weave in ends. Hand wash the hat, then lay flat to dry. When completely dry, add a removable pom pom (optional)

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Alright, my lovely knitters, you’ve got the pattern, you’ve got the know-how, and you’ve got an array of yarn scrap colors at your beck and call. Now’s the moment to take that Kaleidoscope Harmony Colorwork Knit Hat Pattern and make it sing your tune!

Remember, a pattern is just the beginning. It’s the springboard for your creativity. From bright, vibrant colors to the most laid-back, cool-tone hat, your unique touch will turn this pattern into a treasured piece.

So go on, cast on with confidence, and let every row be a celebration of your yarn journey. We can’t wait to see the wonders you’re about to create. Share your finished hats with us, tag them, flaunt them, and most of all, enjoy every moment of your crafting adventure. Knit on with joy because you, my friend, are about to create something spectacular!

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  1. Ginette says:

    Hi Marly,
    I started to follow you 3 years ago, I love all your videos I learned so much. I knitted my first colorwork the georgous Kaleidoscope Poncho in october 2023 and now will knit its beautiful complement the Kaleidoscope Harmony Hat. I also knitted the Harmony Hue Hat with corrugated brim and beautiful crown.

    I follow you on Utube and Instagram. You’re the best teacher.

    PS I am in progress knitting the Nomad Fair Isle sweater.


  2. alberta browne says:

    Hi Marly, I’m looking forward to knitting your beautiful hat design. using my stash of self spun and self dyed wool from my sheep that ive been amassing for several years,now. Going to line up my colors to match yours as best I can. Ive used, woad, geranium and merigold from my garden, also walnut leaves and lichen. My version I predict should be lumpy and funky but so much fun! thank you so much!

  3. Rachel says:

    Thank you Marly – a lovely pattern and excellent notes, especially with the Fair Isle info above. I am going to pass this on to my knitting group – the Wool Gatherers in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


    I absolutely love this Kaleidescope hat. But it’s knitting, I don’t know how to knit. I see that it’s intermediate level, so even if I can learn knitting, I wonder how long it takes to get that good. LOL well, all that just to ask; do you have anything similar in crocheting ?

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Social Butterfly

Frustration-free projects that you can easily work on in public areas

A whimsical illustration of a white chicken adorned with pink flowers and light pink butterflies, featuring flowing tail feathers and a playful pose, all set against a simple white background, perfect for mood-based projects. -Marly Bird

Smooth Jazz

Projects that require a bit more intense focus (but music is nice!)


Shhh Be Quiet!

Advanced projects requiring deep focus (but a big payoff, too!)