Phrixus Hat by J. Allen

Phrixus Hat

February 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Blocked stranded colourwork over stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
220 - 230 yards (201 - 210 m)
To fit a 21” / 53cm - 22.5” / 57cm head.
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The Story

Mountain peaks and beating wings are interlocked with tridents and vertical lines to tell the story of Phrixus and his twin sister Helle’s escape from murderous stepmother, Ino.

Nephele, goddess of the clouds intervened, sending a flying, swimming (and golden!) ram to carry the twins away over the Hellespont, a narrow strait named for Helle after her tragic fall into the sea.

Phrixus is a stranded colourwork hat, worked in the round from double-layered brim to crown.
Fine black detailing is set against swathes of blue ocean and white cloud.


Circumference: To fit a 54.5cm / 21.5” - 57cm / 22.5” head.

The double layered brim is very stretchy so I included a lot of negative ease for my head size (57cm / 22.5”) to achieve a snug yet comfortable fit. Phrixus will also fit a slightly smaller head (54.5cm / 21.5”), which still includes a good 7cm / 3” of negative ease.

Height: 22.5cm / 9” from brim edge to crown

Gauge in pattern: 10cm / 4” in stranded colourwork over stockinette stitch after blocking - 28 stitches x 33 rows


Phrixus includes a tutorial to accompany a video guide for constructing a double-layered brim if you haven’t attempted one before. There is also plenty of help with reading the charted crown decreases.

I have included my own video tutorials throughout via hyperlinks so keep your eyes peeled for any highlighted text and see the abbreviation section at the end for full written links.


Colour A: Viking of Norway Baby UII (175m / 191yds per 50g) - White (300)
(Total used - 42m / 46yds)

Colour B: Viking of Norway Baby UII (175m / 191yds per 50g) - Black (303)
(Total used - 67m / 73yds)

Colour C: 50g Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170
(170m / 186yds per 50g) - Capri (68)
(Total used - 95m / 104yds)

Needles and notions

3.5mm / US 4 circular needles (40cm / 16” cable)

3.5mm / US 4 set of 5 double pointed needles or 80cm / 32” cable for magic loop

Tapestry needle

Knitting markers

Techniques used

Double layered brim, stranded colourwork, knitting in the round, stockinette stitch, SSK, K2tog, Sl2-k1-p2sso.

Videos provided for help with magic loop and joining for working in the round, carrying floats behind your work and the double-layered brim.

Tech Editor: James Bartley