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Mini Mochi Rainbow Hat

Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson, CPY "Sock Guru" and Sirius Knitting Publications For Crystal Palace Yarns  

Matching Mittens Pattern, Click here.

Uses Just One Ball of Mini Mochi

1 - 50g ball of  Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi (shown in color 101 - 'Intense')
Inspiration: Rainbows make me smile - a promise of Joy.

Crystal Palace Mini-Mochi, 1 ball of #101, Intense Rainbow.
Crystal Palace Bamboo Circular Needle
size 4; & DPN-double-pointed needles size 4 for hat crown (or size required for gauge).
[edited august 2010 to smaller needle size from original pattern]

Large eyed tapestry needle or crochet hook

Gauge: 6 sts per inch (24 sts/10 cm), over St st using larger needles. [for larger head, use one size larger needles]

Size: woman's/man's large (22.5 in circumference)

Abbreviations: beg- beginning; CO- cast on; dpn- double pointed needles; K- Knit; K2tog - knit 2 sts together; ndl- needle; P- Purl; PM- place maker; rep - repeat; sl1- slip one; St st - stockinette stitch; YO - yarn over; PSSO - pass slip st over; rnd(s) - round(s); st(s)- stitch(es); tog - together. Inc 1 by Kf/Kb of same st.

Cast on 136 sts. Join, being careful not to twist. PM to mark end/beginning of rnd.

1. K 2 rnds; P 3 rnds. Repeat 6 times.
2. Work one rnd K2P2 rib; M1, placing on left needle. Turn cap inside out, and work K2P2 rib. When you come to the last two sts (including the M1) knit together to close hole from turning.

Work K2P2 rib for 3/4 in.
3. Work P2K2 rib for 3/4 in.
4. Work 3/4 in double moss: *(K2P2 one rnd, P2K2 next rnd), repeat for 3/4 in.
5. Mini-lace:
a) *(K1, YO, K2tog); repeat around. K1 rnd.
b) *(K2tog, YO, K1); repeat around. K1 rnd.
c) *(YO, K1, K2tog); repeat around. K1 rnd.
Repeat these 6 rnds once more.
6. *(K3, P1), around for 3/4 in.
When hat is ~6 in. from cast on edge (or desired height), begin crown pattern.

Crown: change to dpn when it becomes difficult to work with circs
Dec rnd 1: *(P6, K2tog), around. *(P6, K1) around for 4 rnds.
Dec rnd 2: *(P5, K2tog), around. *(P5, K1) around for 4 rnds.
Dec rnd 3: *(P4, K2tog), around. *(P4, K1) around for 4 rnds.
Dec rnd 4: *(P3, K2tog), around. *(P3, K1) around for 3 rnds.
Dec rnd 5: *(P2, K2tog) around. *(P2, K2tog) around for 2 rnd.
Dec rnd 6: *(P1, K2tog) around. *(P1K1) around.
Now P2tog until only ~4 sts remain.
Cut yarn leaving an ~8 in end.

Finishing: With crochet hook, pull yarn through each of rem sts, and drop off needle one at a time. Pull tautly and bring end into inside.

Try a crochet hook for this - no need to thread needle & is very fast.

copyright 2009-10 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - 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 without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Mini Mochi are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

Mini-Mochi Rainbow Hat Designed and Knit by Laura Andersson, Ph.D (with thanks to Cathy Campbell for her inspiring Rainbow mittens!) Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of the "Friendly Socks" Books. The newest, 50 Socks - 50 States is scheduled for a Summer '09 release. Information about these books can be found at or

Laura is the owner of Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at
drlaura -at- (change the -at- to @ to send email, we do this to help drlaura avoid spam).

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