Herbary Hat by Lauren Rad

Herbary Hat

Knitting
May 2021
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
Lace
+ Lace
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, in the round and blocked
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
360 - 560 yards (329 - 512 m)
S (M, L) – Finished circumference 16 (18.25, 20.5) in / 40.5 (46.5, 52) cm
low vision format available
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This pattern is available for $15.00.

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herbary (n) (archaic) : a garden of herbs or vegetables

Herb gardens have long been a source of comfort, flavor, and even healing. In my own garden, I have large patches of rosemary, lavender, thyme, and mint, and I pull from them regularly for baking and cooking. On a warm summer day, their scent wafts through the air and makes the whole garden smell pleasant.

The leaf-like stitch pattern on this hat reminded me of the mint patch growing under my family-room window, so I decided to name the hat after my little herb garden. I hope your knitting experience with this hat, like time spent in a good herbary, brings you comfort, (metaphorical) flavor, and maybe even a little healing.

SIZES
S (M, L) – Finished circumference 16 (18.25, 20.5) in / 40.5 (46.5, 52) cm

A note about sizing: most people prefer their hats to fit snugly. Choose the size that is smaller than your actual head circumference.

MATERIALS
Fingering weight yarn, 180 (220, 280) yds; 165 (202, 256) m; held double with lace-weight silk mohair yarn, 180 (220, 280) yds; 165 (202, 256) m

Sample shown knit in Ocean by the Sea Quill, 541 yds (495 m) per 100 g (3.53 oz), single-ply 100% Falkland wool, held double with undyed lace-weight silk-mohair yarn from Dyer Supplier, 72% super kid mohair and 28% silk, 459 yds (420 m) / 50 g (1.8 oz)

GAUGE
4” (10 cm) square = 35 stitches x 48 rows

NEEDLES
One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle sizes: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

TOOLS
One stitch marker
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate
Requires decreases and knitting in the round