Knitting Nature: The Phyllotaxis Hat

My favorite hat is a lace leaf-motif hat that I knit several years ago. It’s slouchy and it’s actually flattering on me, which is a real victory, since I look horrible in most hats. Round face hat curse.

Marie Godsey’s Phyllotaxis Hat knitting pattern, featured in Interweave Knits Summer 2015, is my type of hat! It’s slightly slouchy, and the lace pattern is really lovely. Here are some different views of this beauty.


I always wonder where the names of knitwear come from, so I did a little digging on the internet, and discovered that phyllotaxis is a botanical term that refers to the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem.


Phyllotaxis in an aloe plant

Check out the beautiful aloe plant at right; it’s a great example of phyllotaxis. Marie designed her hat to beautifully represent phyllotactic spirals.

The Phyllotaxis hat is now available in a kit—yay! It’s knit from Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4-Ply! If you haven’t worked with a 100-percent cashmere yarn, you are in for a real treat. The yarn is as much of a pleasure to knit with as it is to wear.

Get your Phyllotaxis Kit today and start knitting this fabulous hat. You’ll love it!


P.S. What’s your favorite type of hat knitting pattern—slouchy, beret, beanie? Leave a comment and let us know!

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