Petiole by Hunter Hammersen


February 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
100 - 250 yards (91 - 229 m)
See notes below, at 4.5spi, fits a head of about 17.5 [20.5, 23.5, 26.5] inches and a wrist of about 6.75 [7.75, 8.75, 9.75] inches
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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!

Each piece is written in four sizes (a 72, 84, 96, & 108-stitch size for the hat, and a 28, 32, 36, & 40-stitch size 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 4.25, 4.5, or 4.75 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 17.5 and 26.5 inches (with lots of points in between) and the cuffs will fit a wrist between 6.5 and 9.75 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’re looking for the perfect hat to keep things cheery this winter
  • 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)