I Spy a Crocus by Mary Ann Stephens
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I Spy a Crocus

Knitting
March 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
23 stitches = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
One size fits average adult female head
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The Dale yarn used in the sample - Cotinga, a merino / alpaca blend - is no longer available. Substitute with any similar soft, smooth, worsted weight yarn with a ball band gauge around 18 stitches over 4” 10cm. (Of course, you’ll knit your hat at the pattern’s gauge.) You’ll want 3 different-colored, 50g balls.

Get your colorwork gauge on the largest needle; then, select the next two sizes down for the trim.

For those who knit on the loose side, I recommend:
Largest: US size 5 / 3.75mm
Medium: US size 4 / 3.5mm
Smallest: US size 3 / 3.25mm

For those who knit on the tight side, I recommend:
Largest: US size 6 / 4.0mm
Medium: US size 5 / 3.75mm
Smallest: US size 4 / 3.5mm

Note: I used one long circular needle with the “magic loop” technique, but you can use two circulars, or double-pointed needles, if you prefer.