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Chakra Pattern

My first version of this pattern is complete. When I finish up some other things, I'll start working on a simplified, less cluttered version with a better brim. But for now, here ya go, my first written pattern! The yarn quantities are estimated. Bernat Satin comes in 166 yd skeins and the hat used barely half of the main, if even that much. I don't have a scale yet so I can't give more than my estimations.


Inspired by the art of Alex Grey, this hat is decorated with a representation of the crown chakra. This simple fair-isle pattern requires the use of only two colors at a time, with some duplicate stitching used to carry the design into areas where stranding is inconvenient. Using worsted weight yarn, this is a quick knit with warm results. Two variations of the color-work have been included. The two hats shown use the first variation.

  • Approx. 80 yards MC1/MC, 60 yards CC/CC1, and 30 yards MC2/CC2 of worsted weight yarn (I used Bernat Satin Solids, Mai Tai/Flamingo/Bordeaux and Ebony/Mai Tai/unknown worsted)
  • Size 6 circular needle, 16"
  • Size 6 DPNs
  • tapestry needle
  • one stitch marker

GAUGE: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Chart (click to enlarge)

Using MC1/MC and circular needle, CO 100 sts, place marker, and join in the round.
Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 5 rounds, then in stockinette stitch for 4 rounds.
Begin working chart joining in CC/CC1, starting on Row 3 (pattern on Rows 1 and 2 are done in duplicate stitch later). Make sure that your yarn floats are loose enough to allow fabric to stretch.

As you're working:
  • Rows 12 and 13 are worked in MC1/MC with duplicate stitching added later. Do not break CC/CC1 yarn, it can be carried up and worked in row 14.
  • Rows 23-25 also have duplicate stitching that is added later. Knit these stitches in MC1/MC.
  • Row 30: Break MC1/CC1 and begin working with MC2/CC2.
  • Rows 33 and 36 involve decreases where stitches of two different colors are knit together.
  • Switch to DPNs when it becomes difficult to knit on the circular needle

After Row 43 is completed, break yarn and draw it through 5 remaining sts, down into hat and weave in ends.
With a tapestry needle, take lengths of specified yarn in chart to do the duplicate stitches to complete the design. Here is a good duplicate stitch tutorial if you need a little help with this.

If you decide to knit this pattern and run into a problem or notice an error, please let me know! Also, I'd love to see pictures of finished ones. To see the process of this pattern, click here.

P.S. Please don't sell this pattern or anything made from this pattern. Thanks :)


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Nov. 3rd, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
Wow, that is really pretty! I may try to make one sometime.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
nice floats.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm very proud of them. :D
Nov. 12th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
I made one!! I stuck to just the two colors. Believe it or not, despite how much I knit, I have never done double knitting, but it came out great. I may have to make one as a gift for my best friend, who absolutely adores Alex Grey

excuse the photos. I'm sick... :(

Nov. 12th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Great job!
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