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I am a self taught pattern designer and mom of three children. They're a wild bunch but I keep myself sane by creating the lovely designs that are forever swirling around inside my head...while they ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Thistledown

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • K3tog
  • K2tog
  • Cast On
  • YO

Pattern Description:

Thistledown mimics the fluffy downy that encompasses the thistle to protect its fruit. Feathery soft and wrapped in a beautiful halo.

The stretchy thistle stitch creates a plump & cushy fabric. When knit in alpaca or merino wool, it is exceptionally warm but light and airy when knit up in a cooler fiber such as cotton or linen.

Hat will measure a standard adult size head but can easily be adjusted to fit smaller size heads by casting on fewer stitches.


Work in Stockinette Stitch on smaller needles
24 stitches & 27 rows = 4" X 4"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult (22" to 24.5")


  • 120 yards of worsted weight yarn with a halo, such as Alpaca or Alpaca blend
  • Size US#5 16-inch circulars
  • Size US#10.5 16-inch circulars
  • (1) Set of Size US# 10.5 DPN's

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors