In June, we at Interweave celebrated lace in a number of ways, one of which was running and participating in a lace hat knit-along! Four of us on staff and folks in the Interweave community cast on stitches to start the Phyllotaxis Hat knitting pattern at the beginning of June, and we updated each other weekly on our progress. It was a lovely pattern to knit and I’m pleased with how my project came out. I also have a new appreciation for lace knitting.
When going to choose my yarn, I wanted something in a DK-weight to match the pattern, but that wasn’t as precious as cashmere (I don’t think I should be allow to own luxury fibers). I had never used Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts DK/Light Worsted yarn myself before, and one skein has enough yardage to make this hat. This yarn is a 100% superwash Merino-wool, and the colorway I chose—Fortuitous—is a totally gorgeous semi-solid that is almost black with tones of dark brown and purple.
I love the lace in this hat pattern. It’s not too much to take on if you are like me and not very confident in your lace-knitting skills. I was able to have some TV on the in the background while I knitted it, and usually I need things quiet when I knit lace. It was a fun and engaging project that wasn’t overwhelming, and it only took 2 or 3 sessions of sitting and knitting to finish it.
My hat did end up being pretty dang long! I never gauge swatch when I make hats or cowls or things like that, but in this case, I think my yarn was different enough to affect my row gauge pretty heavily. I am considering frogging back and having 1 or 2 fewer lace-chart repeats before crown decreasing, so the hat will be a little less slouchy. Either way, I love it and am going to wear it all fall and winter.
Three more ladies at Interweave participated in the June KAL with me and the community. Tammy Honaman, Interweave’s Director of Content, made a pretty blue hat that fits her head perfectly. Julia, the Yarn Group assistant editor knitted her hat with an alpaca/linen/silk blend that has inspired her to knit a nice long tunic with the stuff soon. And of course, Kathleen’s hat also looks fabulous, and her cat Lou is looking sassy as heck. She said he insisted on being in the photo even though he looks mad about it. I love him. Long live Lou!
Did you participate in the Phyllotaxis Hat KAL? Have you knit another lace hat lately that you loved? What’s going on in your lace life these days?