24 January 2014

sort-of-new pattern: Crystallize

I actually released this last week, right before Ike came down with a stomach flu that steamrolled its way through the rest of the family. We're all back to eating food now, and he's attempting an actual nap in his actual crib at the moment (rather than fussing himself into few a minutes of fitful sleep in my arms), so without further ado:

Crystallize is a lovely use for a single small skein of lace or light fingering weight yarn. Choose a base with elasticity to ensure a lasting fit. This slouchy beret is worked from the crown down to the brim. It features fun and unusual start that looks clean and professional. A counterpane lace motif grows outward from the cast on, and is given in charted format.
St st, larger needles: 31 sts and 50 rnds = 4˝/10cm 
1x1 Rib, smaller needles: 40 sts and 60 rnds = 4˝/10cm 

Adult Small (Large): 23.25 (25)˝/59 (63.5)cm circumference at widest point; 16.5 (18)˝/42 (45.5)cm circumference at brim, unstretched; 9 (10)˝/23 (25.5)cm deep. 
Isager Strik Alpaka 2 - 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool - 270yd/244m/50g skein, 1 skein, or about 230yd/210m (270yd/247m) of another lace to light fingering weight yarn. 
Additional Materials 
- Set of 5 US 2/2.75mm* DPNs and circ (your preferred length for given circumference); 
- US 0/2.0mm* circ (your preferred length for given circumference), 
or size needed to obtain gauge 
- 4 Stitch markers; 3 of one color and 1 of another; 
- Darning needle

The original version of this pattern appeared as the “Flyaway Beret” in Knitscene’s Winter 2012 issue. Crystallize includes updated charts, extended sizing, and an adjusted gauge.

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