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I love socks, lace, and all sorts of "traditional" knitting subjects. I studied Classics and textile history (independent minor) at Uni and have a love of anything ancient. That said, I also like to ...

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Caput Helianthus

from Rose City Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Caput Helianthus
Caput Helianthus
Caput Helianthus
Caput Helianthus
Caput Helianthus
Caput Helianthus

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Lace skills: yo, k2tog, ssk, etc.
  • Knit in the rnd on DPNs
  • Follow a pattern/ chart
  • Basic crochet skills: chain and single crochet

Pattern Description:

Literally "sunflower crown", this lace hat will brighten your day - in summer or winter!

Inspired by a vintage doily pattern, this delicate lace tam evokes late summer and early autumn with it's central sunflower motif and leaf lace body. Knit with just 50g of fingering weight yarn, it's ideal for sampling a luscious exotic yarn or using up odds and ends from your sock yarn stash.

Directions are included with two versions of a sunflower - 8-petaled and 16-petaled - so knitters can mimic their favorite bloom.

Pattern includes both charts and line-by-line instructions. Samples shown were knit using one skein each of Shibui Knits Staccato in the colors "Redwood" (16-petal version) and "Dijon" (8-petal version).


28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult/ 20 - 22" head circumference & 10"diameter, laid flat after blocking


  • 150 - 175 yards (137 - 160 m) of fingering weight yarn
  • Set of 5 US 21/2 - 3.0 mm DPNs
  • One 16" US 21/2 - 3.0 mm circular needle
  • 3.0 mm crochet hook

You Will Also Need:

  • 8 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

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