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Designed & Knit by Laura Andersson
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Merino 5 Team Spirit

Level: Advanced Beginner-Intermediate

Introduction: Want to show your team spirit? We've got hats!! You only have to knit one; they're fun, fast, and perfect to show off your skills! This pattern has a interesting twined braid edge at the hem and crown. It's really intriguing to do, and has that touch of history, going back well over 200 years. This hat is in black and silver colors, made for an Oakland Raiders' fan.

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).

Gauge: 5 sts/inch in St st.

#8 US Crystal Palace short circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge. #7 dpn for crown of hat (needles for crown should be at least 1-2 sizes smaller for a neater effect).
Crystal Palace Merino 5 - 1 each 50 g ball of 1007 Silver Grey & 5202 Jet Black Size:
adult's med/large ~ 21 in head circumference

Two-Color Cast-On: With #8 short circular needle and both colors, make the initial loops with both colors. Now, hold the two yarns so one is at the front and one at the back. Watch as you cast on and alternate colors. This will place all the grey on one side of the hem, and all the black on the other. Continue the cast on, alternating colors for 96 sts.

Twined Braid: Join, being careful not to twist. Place marker to indicate beginning of round. 1. Knit 1 rnd, alternating the two colors. To twine- each color is brought up from under the previous color, and then crosses it as you K. Continue around, alternating, and keeping the two strands loose. Using a needle 1 size larger may be helpful. 2. At the marker, bring both strands to the front, as to P. Now, the 1st P st is worked with the yarn color opposite to that of the st on the needle: that is, if you see a black st on the left, P with silver (or if you see a silver st on the left, P with the black). Work as twined-P across, always alternating colors - each strand of yarn is brought up from under the previous strand, and then crosses it as the P st is completed. Note that the work has the appearance of being braided. 3. At the marker, return both strands to the back, as to K. Work in twined-K across, being careful to alternate colors as previously.

Hat body: K 5 rnds with black, carrying the silver up by twisting the two colors as you come to the marker. P1 rnd with silver, K1 rnd with silver; P1 rnd with black. K 8 rnds with black, carrying the silver up as before. P1 rnd with silver; K 1 rnd with silver, P1 rnd with black. K 13 rnds with black, carrying the silver up. P1 rnd with silver. K 3 rnds with silver.

Crown braid trim: Work 1 rnd in twined-K, alternating black & silver. Bring both strands to front, and work 1 rnd in twined-P, alternating colors to form the braid. Return both colors to the back, and work 1 rnd twined-K.

Crown: *(K4 black, K4) silver, around Dec Rnd 1: *(K4 black, K2 silver, K2tog w/ silver), repeat around. *(K4 black, K3 silver) around.
Dec Rnd 2: *(K2 black, K2tog black, K3 silver), repeat around. *(K3 black, K3 silver) around
Dec Rnd 3: *(K3 black, K1 silver, K2tog silver), repeat around. *(K3 black, K2 silver) around
Dec Rnd 4: *(K1 black, K2tog black, K2 silver), repeat around. *(K2 black, K2 silver) around
Dec Rnd 5: *(K2 black, K2tog silver) around. *(K2 black, K1 silver), around Dec Rnd 6: *(K2tog black, K1 silver) around. *(K1 black, K1 silver), around.
With black only, K2tog around until only 6 -8 sts remain.

Cut both yarns, leaving ~ 8 in ends.

Finishing: With a crochet hook or tapestry needle, draw yarn through each loop on needle and drop off. Pull snugly.

Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of 50 Socks- 50 states and More [a ~58-pattern, 23-designer CD released on both PC and MAC], from Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at drlauraASirius -at-

2011Copyright - 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 are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.