Crystallize by Amanda Bell
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Crystallize

Knitting
January 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
31 stitches and 50 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
230 - 270 yards (210 - 247 m)
Adult Small, Large
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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. Crystallize 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.

Gauge
St st, larger needles: 31 sts and 50 rnds = 4˝/10cm
1x1 Rib, smaller needles: 40 sts and 60 rnds = 4˝/10cm
Sizes
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.
Yarn
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.