Smitten with Aphrodite by Duke of Nikko

Smitten with Aphrodite

October 2021
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
120 - 180 yards (110 - 165 m)
One Size
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“But beauty is about finding the right fit, the most natural fit, to be perfect, you have to feel perfect about yourself—avoid trying to be something you’re not.”
- Aphrodite to her daughter, in Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero

This stranded hat was inspired by Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty. The festive design is full of symbols often linked with love, beauty and nature; boxed windows, columns, meanders and the Greek key on the bottom section symbolizing the beauty of landscape and architecture. Then the design continues to scallops harboring a heart symbol, fireworks coming from a house, leaping to the sun.

The variegated and gradient colors bring movement to the design, and the corrugated ribbing on the brim adds a nice texture as well.


Corrugated ribbing, stranded knitting in the round.

Adult One Size

19” / 48cm around and 9.5” / 24cm tall
To be worn with up to 4” negative ease.

Bulky weight yarn in at least 2 contrasting colors.

Jems Luxe Fibers Monstrous (Bulky Weight 100%
Superwash merino)
1 100g skein in Jet (MC)
1 Aphrodite Collection Monster Mini Set, consisting of:

  • 20g Aphrodite (CC1)
  • 20g Agape (CC2)
  • 20g Apple of Discord (CC3)
  • 20g Pezzotaite (CC4)
  • 20g Ruby Red (CC5)

US #10 (6.0 mm) or size to obtain gauge, in 16” / 40cm circular needles and DPNs or longer circulars for Magic Loop.
Tapestry needle and scissors.

15 sts and 18 rounds per 4” (10cm) in stranded
stockinette stitch worked in the round.


  1. This hat is worked in the round from the brim to the crown.
  2. The pattern uses 1 solid color for MC and 5 gradient/variegated colors for CC.
  3. The brim is worked in corrugated ribbing, then the body of the hat is worked in stranded knitting, with the unused color carried along the back of the work. Catch floats every 3 - 4 stitches.
  4. Repeats will be expressed as “x”. For example, “x 3” means repeat 3 times.
  5. Stranded knitting is prone to making the fabric pucker if you knit too tightly. Mind your tension and allow enough slack in the float.