Starbuck’s Mandala Hat



I admit it, I’m addicted to Battlestar Galactica. When I saw the mural painted on Starbuck’s wall, I thought it would be the perfect hat. The colors and design are great, and it’s the perfect fandom knit; people who watch the show will probably get it, but those who don’t will just think it’s an awesome hat.

Size: Women’s medium


A: Cascade 220 (100% wool; 220 yds per 100g skein); Color: 7827; 1 skein
B: Cascade 220 (100% woo; 220 yds per 100g skein); Color: 2413; 1 skein
C: Ella Rae Classic (100% wool; 219 yds per 100g skein); Color: cobalt; 1 skein
Recommended Needle Size:
1 US8 16″ circular needle
1 set of 4 US8 dpns
stitch markers
yarn or tapestry needle


4sts=1″ in stockinette stitch


Using circular needles and color A, cast on 88 stitches. Join to work in round, being careful not to twist, and place marker to indicate beginning of round.

Knit one round plain.

Next round, *K6, K2tog, yo and repeat from * to end.
Next round, Knit
Next round, K5, K2tog, yo, *K6, K2tog, yo and repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, K1
Next round, Knit
Next round, K4, K2tog, yo, *K6, K2tog, yo and repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, K2

Continue as established, shifting the pattern row over one stitch each time. Work using color A until work measures 3 1/2″ from cast on, with edge slightly rolled. Switch to color B and continue to work in pattern for 2 1/2″ inches more.

Switch to color C and begin decreases, switching to DPNs when necessary.


Rnd 1: *K5, K3tog, yo, to end (Depending on your row gauge, you may need to adjust the first and last repeats of this round. Basically, you are maintaining the same pattern as above, but replacing the K2togs with K3togs.)
Rnd 2: Knit
Rnd 3: *K4, K3tog, yo to end
Rnd 4: Knit
Rnd 5: *K3, K3tog, yo to end
Rnd 6: Knit
Rnd 7: *K2, K3tog, yo to end
Rnd 8: Knit
Rnd 9: *k1, K3tog, yo to end
Rnd 10: Change to color A, Knit
Rnd 11: *K3tog, yo to end
Rnd 12: Knit
Rnd 13: *K2tog around
Rnd 14: Knit


Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, thread tail through stitches left on the needles, and pull tight. Weave in all ends. Wear proudly, and embrace your special destiny.


About Quirky Knit Girl:

Stephanie spends most of her free time knitting and watching too much TV, and being inspired by fandom. Instead of knitting hats, she should probably be working on her own screenplay, but let’s not go there. You can follow her knitting progress at