WIP Wednesday: Phyllotaxis Hat by Marie Godsey

Every time I go on a Ravelry adding binge, I follow up with some inevitable weeding. Then, because my library looks so nice and clean, I like to search through back issues of magazines I love. And through my research in past Interweave Knits issues, I found the Phyllotaxis Hat by Marie Godsey.

The open leaf lace and slightly elongated shape give this hat just enough slouch for style, while not reaching beret status. It only takes one skein and is perfect for a yarn splurge. I added 15 rounds to the ribbing because I wanted a folded brim but have been otherwise following the pattern. This lace is fun to knit and I haven’t had to rip it out once.

I chose Woolfolk TYND in color 2 for this hat and I couldn’t be happier. Its soft silver/grey color against my dark brown hair will help the leaf pattern show through. The yarn is luxuriously soft with a lovely spring and stretch. It is harvested from Ovis XXI Ultimate Merino sheep on sustainably managed heritage grasslands in Patagonia. It feels like cashmere but wears like merino and comes in 18 colorways.

I am hoping to get this hat knocked out before the mornings get too warm. The lace pattern is sure to make this a fun, three-season hat.

Pattern Details

Finished Size: 20” circumference and 9.75” 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.

Gauge: 21 sts and 34 rnds = 4” in Leaf Lace patt.


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Happy knitting,

Assistant Editor, Interweave Knits

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