Starbuck’s Mandala Hat

Starbuck’s Mandala Hat

NOTE: This versions is intended for those who wish to view the pattern online. To obtain a printable .PDF, you can download the pattern now.


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

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  • Ruby

    Love the hat. I’m a 73 year old Residential Appraiser, knitter (have a club ) and dedicated BSG watcher devastated that this is the last season. The hat will be for my 32 year old grandaughter who loves Starbuck and BSG.

    • Mogurt Collins3

      I just right clicked…hit print & I got my hard copy. I love knitting smaller projects…with 9 grand kids &1 g-g-child…loads of friends, that gives me tons of recipients…Thank You for offering this pattern!   Mogurt

  • spacepug

    Wonderful! Thank you.

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  • gwen aka tllgrrl

    Frackin’ awesome!
    Thanks for posting this pattern.
    : )

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  • Elizabeth

    Hey! I just finished the hat! It’s so cute! I’m going to put pictures of it up on my LJ ( if you want to see

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  • Roe

    This is SO cool. Thanks for coming up with such a cool hat – I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate the mandala into something!

  • rosem’ry

    Absolutely gorgeous hat. How could I (or indeed could I) change
    it for a baby hat?

    I’ve got a granddaughter on the way and would love this


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  • gwen aka tllgrrl

    Frackin' awesome!
    Thanks for posting this pattern.
    : )

  • Ritomlinson

    Absolutely love this pattern, but I can’t get it to print. Do you have a printable version?

    • Mogurt Collins3

      I right clicked on my pc & hit ‘print’. I got a hard copy…

  • Johnman

    There has got to be a way to print out a pattern without getting all the crap that goes with it. Why do I need the comments and all the stuff down the right side? I love yout patterns but this happens all the time. Once the pattern is printed all that other stuff becomes redundant.

    • Rainy

      I cut a paste only the part I want to print.  It takes longer, but it saves paper and ink!

    • Happycathy

      There is a link to the pdf just above the picture. 

      For patterns that do not have a pdf, you can highlight the part(s) you want, do ctrl c, then open a word doc, hit ctrl v, and after it loads just save it or print it or both.  There are some patterns that you will have to do the “process” for pieces at a time , so just minimize the word doc between parts, then re-open it to do ctrl v and get it all in the word doc.  It is a bit of hassle, but sometimes the only way to make it work.

  • Julianne

    Love the pattern, but dislike the black back ground.  That is a waste of ink. A nice pdf file would be great.  Julianne

    • Happycathy

      The pdf link is just above the picture.

  • Doffidy

    I can’t wait until I finish my current knitting project so I can try this pattern.

  • Doffidy

    I can’t wait until I finish my current knitting project so I can try this pattern.

  • Linda

    This is probably a stupid question.  You start out knitting 6 etc, then 5 etc, then 4…..  After you knit 1, then what?  Do you go back to 6??

  • Happycathy

    The link to the pdf file is just above the picture.  It says “download pattern now”, is in yellow-ish type.

  • Connie Trendle king

    can’t wait to try this pattern, the hat is so cool..

  • Hannifanjill

    I am not sure, but what size needles are you using?  Love the gat.

  • Dor

    Nice hat, going to knit it for my granddaughter. After knitting k4 k2tog. do we knit 3 k2tog and so on

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  • Ellisen

    Thanks! Great hat pattern. Fabulous colors.

  • Sandeleh Francis

    I suspect I’m showing my age here, but which Battlestar Gallactica are you saluting?  Is Starbuck a cute guy or a foxy chick?  LOL!

    • Stephanie Ivy

      It’s all about the new Starbuck for me, thanks to Katee Sackhoff for owning that role.

  • Susan Blake

    cute hat, your vines look like the valley I live in

  • Susan Blake

    cute hat, your vines look like the valley I live in

  • Jacqueline bemis

    I love this.  i will hope I can do it justice.

  • Marilyn

    Love this hat, can hardly wait to start and finish it so I can wear it while it is still freezing out side.

  • Barbara Edwards Leftwich

    Love this pattern,and thank you for sharing. I am a knit one/purl one knitter, do you think I can handle this pattern? Oh well, going to try my best!

  • Janice D. Altenburger

    Could you tell me how to adjust this pattern to make it for children? Our church has a ministry of supplying needed items for babies to 5 year olds and I think they would love this hat.