Petiole by Hunter Hammersen


no longer available from 1 source show
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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Discontinued. This digital pattern is no longer available online.

In July of 2022, I took down all my patterns. A tiny handful are destined to return, most are not.

I’m still releasing new patterns (along with other fun projects). I just want to focus my time and energy on making new things rather than on maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of older patterns. But there are lots of new things planned, and I’m excited to share them with you!

If you want to follow along with what comes next or read a little more about why I made this change (and the nifty things that happened along the way), you can do that here.

And don’t worry, if you had the pattern in your ravelry library before it went away, it will still be there. It’s always a good idea to keep backups on your own computer (websites don’t last forever), but nothing I can do can take anything out of your library (and I wouldn’t even if I could). Taking the patterns down just means no on else can buy them.

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)