This is a bulky-weight, bottom up, seamless adult hat with eyelet-lace ridges for interest. For real interest, though, the knitter works the hat inside out and then reveals the public side at the end. This construction takes advantage of the easier k2tog and ssk over the p2tog and ssp stitches to make the interesting texture of the ribs.
The name comes from a small cactus - actually a cactus lookalike named "spurge" - that I saw at Longwood Gardens while visiting my grandmother. This hat was knit that afternoon while enjoying the early spring Gardens.
15 stitches and 21 rounds to 4" / 10cm in pattern stitch, very lightly blocked
13 stitches and 20 rows to 4" / 10cm in stockinette stitch, blocked
100 yards of Bulky weight
Katherine Vaughan has been knitting for 25+ years and designing for more than 5. She primarily designs adult and children's wear and accessories for adults and the home. She daylights as a medical librarian in North Carolina, where it is (almost) never too hot to knit. Website: http://www.ktlvdesigns.com