Petiole by Hunter Hammersen


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February 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
100 - 250 yards (91 - 229 m)
Written in four sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
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Petiole noun the stalk by which a leaf is attached to a stem

So there’s something about knitted leaves. I’m not sure why they’re so charming. In fact, they probably shouldn’t be. But somehow they absolutely are (and I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way)!

The hat takes a basic leaf motif, stacks it up all neat and tidy, and finishes off with one of the most satisfying hat crowns I’ve ever seen.

The cuffs work with the same motif, but play around just a bit to make something rather special. Instead of stopping after a row of leaves, the pattern continues on to make one final leaf that pops up above the edge of the cuff and sits in the space between your index finger and thumb. It’s adorable, it’s not hard at all, and I suspect you’ll fall madly in love with it!

The pattern includes the directions for both the hat and the cuffs. Each piece is written in four sizes (a 72, 84, 96, & 108-stitch cast on for the hat, and a 28, 32, 36, & 40-stitch cast on for the cuffs), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the pieces. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 4, 4.5, 5, or 5.5 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the hat will fit a head between 16.75 and 26.5 inches (with lots of points in between) and the cuffs will fit a wrist between 5.5 and 10 inches (again, with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You’ve fallen madly in love with that little leaf point on the cuff and must make it yours
  • You love a really excellent hat crown
  • You think two patterns are more fun than one

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)