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Crystal Palace Yarns - free hat pattern


This hat has a matching set of fingerless gloves.

See more Mendocino patterns HERE.


Heel Stitch Hat

Designed by Cathy Campbell for Crystal Palace Yarns

Description: This pattern features a slipped stitch pattern, known as a heel stitch, to produce clean stitch definition and a soft, cozy fabric. This hat is fun to knit and works up quickly.

Level: Advanced Beginner

Size: Adult Woman's Medium (7½" long, 17½" circumference, unstretched)

Yarn: 1 - 50g ball of Crystal Palace Mendocino (shown in 512 "berry bay" & below in 517 "dark chocolates")
Needles: Crystal Palace Bamboo 16" circular in US sizes 5 and 7 AND 8" double-pointed needles in US size 7 (or size needed for gauge)
Yarn needle
Stitch marker (to mark beg of rnd)


Mendocino has been discontinued and we have no inventory now.  (March 2015)



Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1" on larger needles in Heel Stitch, unstretched

Abbreviations:  beg- begin(ning); CO- cast on; k- knit; k2tog- knit 2 stitches together to decrease by 1 stitch; rem- remaining; rep- repeat; rnd- round; sl- slip; st(s)- stitch(es)


With smaller circular needles, CO 96 sts. Join and begin working in the rnd. Work the following 2 rnds of ribbed edge for approx. 1", ending with a Rnd 2:

Rnd 1: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: *p1, sl1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Begin Heel Stitch Pattern:
Change to larger circular needles.
Rnd 1: k.
Rnd 2: *k1, sl1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Repeat these 2 rnds until piece measures 5½" from cast-on edge, ending with a Rnd 1.

Begin Crown Decrease:
(Change to double-pointed needles when circumference is too narrow for circular needles.)

Rnd 1: *(k1, sl1) 3x, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [84 sts]
Rnd 2:  k.
Rnd 3:  *(k1, sl1) 2x, k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [72 sts]
Rnd 4:  k.
Rnd 5:  *(k1, sl1) 2x, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [60 sts]
Rnd 6:  k.
Rnd 7:  *k1, sl1, k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [48 sts]
Rnd 8:  *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [36 sts]
Rnd 9:  *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [24 sts]
Rnd 10:  k2tog around. [12 sts]

With yarn needle, sew up rem sts. Weave in all ends.


Pattern Copyright 2011 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this 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. Shops carrying Crystal Palace Mendocino are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.


Retail shops in the USA should contact CPY Wholesale for information on purchasing Crystal Palace Yarns
and email cpyinfo -at- (replace the -at- with @)
or write to:
Crystal Palace Yarns, 160 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988, fax: 510-237-9809

September 2011