Lavagna by Kathleen Sperling


October 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stranded pattern after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
135 - 220 yards (123 - 201 m)
small: 19" finished circumference; medium: 21" finished circumference; large: 23" finished circumference
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The motif in this fun and quick-to-knit hat was inspired by the repeating geometric motif around an illuminated “I” in the Scriptores historiae Augustae. This manuscript is from 1475 in Milan, and was printed by Phillipus de Lavagna.

Note: This pattern is part of a collection of accessories built around a theme of medieval illumination. If you purchase this pattern individually, you will automatically receive a discount off the cost of the collection.

Skills Required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or magic loop method)

Yarn Requirements

In sample shown, main colour is the turquoise, and the contrast colour is white.

  • Small: approximately 80 yards of main colour and 55 yards of contrast colour
  • Medium: approximately 95 yards of main colour and 65 yards of contrast colour
  • Large: approximately 130 yards of main colour and 90 yards of contrast colour

Other Materials Needed

  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends