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Allegro DK and Mochi Plus

Mosaic Tile Hat

Designed by Gail Tanquary

Description:  This is a stunning hat.  The mosaic design is made by slipping stitches, so you do not have to change colors within the row.  The bottom part is worked back and forth, and the crown is worked in the round.  You can sew up the seem in the back, or you can leave it open, add a buttom atop the slit and wear like an earflap hat.  See the matching Mosaic Tile Scarf to complete the ensemble.

Level: Intermediate

Size:  Adult medium (~19" circumference, not stretched)


  • 1 skein of Crystal Palace Allegro DK (shown in color 6000 "Ivory")
  • 1 ball of Crystal Palace Mochi Plus (shown in color 636 "Festival")
  • Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles: 16" circular needles in US size 8 and 8" double-pointed needles in US size 6, or size needed for gauge
  • 5 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 6 sts=1" in Mosaic pattern, 5sts=1" in St st on larger needles

Abbreviations:  BO- bind off; CO- cast on; k- knit; p- purl; rep- repeat; st(s) - stitches; x- times; wyif- with yarn in front



Mosaic Knitting uses 2 colors, but only one color is used at a time for two consecutive rows. The pattern is worked by reading the first row of the chart from right to left, knitting the sts of the working yarn and slipping the stitches of the resting yarn.  The last 3 sts of every row are slipped with yarn in front, thus creating the I-cord edge.


Row 2 is worked not by working from the chart, but by knitting the sts of the working yarn and slipping the other stitches purlwise, with yarn in front.     On the wrong-side rows the last 3 slipped stitches from the right-side row are knitted with the working color.


As an example, the first two rows are worked as follows: 


Row 1:  With Mochi, K4, sl 1, K2, [K1, sl 1, (K1, sl 1) 3 times, K3, sl 1, K2] six times, (K1, sl 1) 4 times, K3, sl 1, K1, sl 3 wyif.The arrows designate the slipped sts.


Row 2:  With Mochi, K the first 3 slipped sts and all the Mochi sts, slip all Allegro sts wyif.


The 3rd and 4th rows are worked with the the Allegro DK, knitting the light stitches on the chart and slipping the dark stitches.


The band at beginning of hat is worked flat.  After completion of the chart, the sts are joined to work crown in the round.


Begin Pattern:

Using smaller needle, cast on 107 sts.  Do not join.Knit 5 rows.  Change to larger needle and Allegro and knit 2 rows. Begin following chart.


mosaic hat chart



Note: Stitches 8 thru 21 are repeated six times before ending with sts 22 thru 37.


Complete chart twice, then knit 2 rows  Allegro, increasing 3 sts evenly spaced (110 sts)


Crown:  Using Mochi Plus, place marker and join. Knit even in rounds until hat measures 6” from cast-on edge.


Shape crown:  (K20, K2 tog), place marker,  5 times.  Work all following rounds as follows:


Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2 tog, sl marker.  Continue in this manner around until 10 sts remain.Cut yarn, leaving 10” tail.  Thread onto tapestry needle and draw through remaining loops.   Pull up firmly and fasten off.


For a traditional cap, sew sides of Mosaic piece together and sew buttons along seam for a decorative look.  Or leave mosaic seam open and attach button to joining at center back.



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 Yarns are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns. 

April 2016

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