lavender by Georgie Nicolson


by Georgie Nicolson
March 2012
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
170 - 200 yards (155 - 183 m)
Small (20") and Medium (22") head circumference
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This is a surprisingly quick and fun knit. While it might look like there’s a heck of a lot of purling going on there, but not so! The hat is knit inside out with very minimal purling.

This means a slight adjustment to the way the little mock cable is worked, but it’s super easy, worked without a cable needle and the stitch pattern is very intuitive. I love watching the little lavenders grow as more of them are worked into the pattern.

The idea for this hat was first conceived as a chemo cap for a loved family member. My aim was to create one that fitted all the requirements of a sensitive scalp; the softest organic yarn possible, a gentle rolled edge on the band, slouchiness to minimise contact but yet provide warmth, and in reverse stocking stitch, so the softest side of knit fabric is on the inner. After knitting it I decided it was perfect for everyone really!

The mock cable stitch pattern used in this slouchie hat is reminiscent of lavender drying upside down. For me this conjures up an atmosphere of calmness and serenity…. just what every knitter wants!