Finished Object: Phyllotaxis Hat by Marie Godsey

The first hat I’ve made for myself is the Phyllotaxis Hat by Marie Godsey from Interweave Knits Summer 2015. It flew off my needles and was a true delight to knit. The lace is interesting and beautiful and there are repeats in the purl stitches so you know right away if you’ve missed a stitch or have messed up the pattern.

The curvature of the lace pattern is based off the phyllotaxis spiral: the organization of leaves on a stem that create a spiraled arrangement. In my opinion, the hat perfectly captures this botanical phenomenon.

The Woolfolk TYND in color 2 is just perfect. It’s truly luxurious to knit with but even better to wear. You’ll find this yarn to be luxuriously soft with a lovely spring and stretch. The yarn comes from Ovis XXI Ultimate Merino sheep living on sustainably managed heritage grasslands in Patagonia. It feels like cashmere but wears like merino and comes in 18 colorways.

As you might notice, I made a slight change to the brim of the hat. I added 15 rounds of ribbing to have a brim that folds over. I have ears that stick out a bit so the doubled brim keeps them flatter against my head (and avoids the annoyingly weird semicircles from popping out of the sides of the hat).

I made this a little too late in the year to wear all day but I can still squeeze in some time in the morning and the evening. The yarn I used is soft and warm, so it does trap a little heat. It will be out in full force in the fall!

Pattern Details

Finished Size: 20″ circumference and 9¾” tall

Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4-ply (100% cashmere; 200 yd [183 m]/2 oz [55 g]: #174 dinosaur dawn, 1 skein.

Needles: Size 6 (4 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

Notions: Marker (m); tapestry needle.

21 sts and 34 rnds = 4″ in Leaf Lace patt.

What accessories are you knitting this summer? Let us know in the comments or show us in Instagram @InterweaveCraft. If you want some extra inspiration, check out the most recent Interweave Knits Summer issue!

Happy knitting,

Assistant Editor, Interweave Knits

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