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 Mochi Plus Swirl Hat

Designed by Sandi Rosner for Crystal Palace Yarns

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A long spiral of garter stitch moves the shifting colors of Mochi Plus in interesting ways. Uses just 2 balls of Mochi Plus.

Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus (80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 95 yards - 50 gram ball)
2 - 50 gr balls of any color. Shown in #563 Tropical Ginger.
Needles: Size US 10 / 6mm.
Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN: Set of 5 DP needles size US 10 / 6mm. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge.
Small stitch holder.
Tapestry needle.

Finished Measurements
Adult average [See bottom of pattern for how to make smaller and larger versions.]
Circumference: 18"
The garter stitch fabric is very flexible, so this hat will fit a range of sizes. See below for further tips on adjusting the size.

18 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10cm over garter stitch

CO Cast on; K Knit; K2tog Knit 2 stitches together; PU Pick up
RS Right side; St(s) Stitch(es); WS Wrong side

CO 17 sts. Work in Garter Stitch (knit every row) until piece measures 32" long.
Next row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to end of row.
Next row (WS): K.
Repeat the last 2 rows until 3 sts remain.
Next row (RS): K, k2tog.
Next row (WS): K.
Next row (RS): K2tog. Do not break yarn. Place this final st on st holder.
Fold strip into a spiral as shown in diagram, with diagonal decreased edge to the top of hat. Sew spiral seam as shown in diagram.

Transfer held st to DP needles. PU and K 59 more sts along top edge of hat, as shown in diagram - 60 sts. Place marker on needle to indicate beginning of round.
K one round.
Next round: * K4, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round - 50 sts.
K one round.
Next round: * K3, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round - 40 sts.
K one round.
Next round: * K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round - 30 sts.
K one round.
Next round: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round - 20 sts.
K one round.
Next round: * K2tog; repeat from * to end of round - 10 sts.
Break yarn, draw through remaining sts, pull tight and fasten off.
Weave in ends.

Fold up lower edge of hat along line marked on diagram. I like it with the notch worn over the left ear, but spend some time in front of the mirror and see what works for you.

To make a different size hat:
To make this hat for a child, cast on 13 sts and work even until strip measures 28".
PU and K only 50 sts around the crown and begin with 2nd set of crown decreases.
To make this hat for a large adult, CO as given, but work until strip measures 36". PU and K 70 sts around crown and add 2 extra rounds to the crown, beginning with * K5, k2tog; repeat to end of round.

Special thanks to Sandi Rosner for sharing her beautiful patterns with us.
Watch for workshops and classes taught by Sandi at knitting events around the knitting world!

copyright 2009 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 Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page February 07, 2012