Daedalum by Suzie Blackman


December 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
188 - 241 yards (172 - 220 m)
Adult S (M, L), for head circumference 52-54cm (55-57cm, 58-60cm)
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Daedalum is a modern stranded colourwork beanie hat with an intricate design that draws inspiration from circle geometry.

Daedalum’s design is influenced by Luminaria created by Architects of Air. A Luminarium is an immersive sculpture people can enter, and experience intense, radiant colour that comes from daylight shining through its fabric structure. Daedalum is the name of a recent work which toured the UK in 2019. Another source of inspiration for this design is the zoetrope, an early animation device with rotating discs. The original device was invented by William Horner in 1934, and Dædaleum was its name.

Skill level: Enthusiast ●●●○

Suitable for knitters comfortable with knitting-in-the-round using circular needles, simple stranded colourwork/Fair Isle and following charts. The stranded rows are two-colour, with floats spanning seven stitches or fewer.


The design has up to 5 main colours and up to 6 contrast colours, but can be worked in as few as two colours.

  • Main colour(s): 103 (118, 133)m/113 (129, 145) yards in total, or 34 (40, 46)m/37 (43, 50) yards for MC1 and 19 (21, 24)m/21 (23, 26) yards each MC2-5
  • Contrast colour(s): 69 (78, 87)m/76 (85, 95) yards in total, or 13 (14, 16)m/14 (16, 17) yards each CC1-6

This is an ideal scrap-buster project, suitable for any 4 ply/sock/fingering weight yarn with a springy quality.