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Patterns Here

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Special thanks to Andrea Gaeta
for modeling the hat.

Designed & Knit by Laura Andersson
See all the Merino 5 solid colors here.

'Sparkle Plenty' Hat in Merino 5 & Little Flowers

Designed by Laura Andersson for Crystal Palace Yarns

Level: Advanced Beginner-Intermediate

Introduction: Sometimes sparkly yarns are irresistible. This design combines glistening Little Flowers with Merino 5, for soft & stylish wearability. The Little Flowers pattern uses P rnds to showcase the pretty yarn colors.

Abbreviations: CO: cast on; dec: decrease; K: knit; K2tog: knit 2 sts together; P: purl; rem: remain(ing); rep: repeat; st(s): stitch(es); St st: stockinette st, knit every round; rnd: round; SSK, slip two stitches from left to right needle, one-at-a-time. Insert tip of left needle into these two sts and knit them (Dec of 1); SKP, slip one st from left to rt needle, K next st, pass SL-st over the K st (dec of 1).

Needles: #6 US Crystal Palace 16" circular needle & #4 CPY 6" Double Point Needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
(The #4 dpn is for crown of hat - needles for crown should be 1-2 sizes smaller for a neater effect).

Gauge: 5 sts/inch over stockinette with MC only; 4.5 sts/inch over stockinette with MC and CC held together

Crystal Palace Little Flowers, 1 - 50 g ball of color desired. Color shown is # 8116 feldspar
Crystal Palace Merino-5 2 - 50 g balls of color desired. Color shown is #5234, dove grey

Size: adult medium ~ 21 in head circumference

Cast-On: With #6 short circular needle and MC only, cast on 90 sts. Join, being careful not to twist.
Place marker to indicate beginning of round

Hat body:
Step 1 - k every rnd with MC only until 1.25 in from cast on edge.
Step 2 - join CC. K 1 rnd holding MC and CC together
Step 3 - P all rnds for 1 in holding both MC & CC together
Step 4 - K 3 rounds with MC only
Step 5, P1 rnd with MC & CC
Diagonal step Pattern
a) *(P3, K3) around for 2 rnds
b) *(K1, P3, K3) around, end K2; repeat 1 rnd
c) *(K2, P3, K3) around, end K1; repeat 1 rnd
d) *(K3, P3) around; repeat 1 rnd
e) *(P1, K3, P3) around, end P2; repeat 1 rnd
f) *(P2, K3, P3) around, end P1; repeat 1 rnd

Continue steps a - f until hat is 5.5-6 in from cast-on edge.

Crown Shaping - change to dpn as soon as necessary to avoid stretching the hat on the circ as st count decreases. As noted above, using smaller needles for the crown will make it neater w/o affecting fit.
P1 rnd & dec 2 sts to 88 sts.

Marker placement & 1st Dec rnd:
The 1st marker (end/beginning of round) is already in place. *(P2tog, P18, P2tog, place marker), repeat around. K1 rnd
Dec Rnd 2: *(P2tog, P16, P2tog), repeat around, K1 rnd
Dec Rnd 3: *(P2tog, P14, P2tog), repeat around; K1 rnd
Dec Rnd 4: *(P2tog, P12, P2tog), repeat around. K 1 rnd
Dec Rnd 5: *(P2tog, P10, P2tog), repeat around
Dec Rnd 6: *(P2tog, P8, P2tog), repeat around
Dec Rnd 7: *(P2tog, P6, P2tog), repeat around
Dec Rnd 8: *(P2tog, P4, P2tog), repeat around
Dec Rnd 9: *(P2tog, P2, P2tog), repeat around
Dec Rnd 10: P2tog around

Cut yarn, leaving an ~ 8 in end.

With a crochet hook or tapestry needle, draw yarn through each loop on needle and drop off. Pull snugly.
Work all ends in on reverse side so they don't show. A crochet hook does this very rapidly.

Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of 50 Socks- 50 states and More (a ~58-pattern, 23-designer CD just released on both PC and MAC), from
or email drlauraASirius -at-

Copyright 2012 - Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc & Dr. Laura Andersson. We are happy to share this free knitting pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format or elsewhere on the Web without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Merino 5 & Little Flowers are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.