The leafy tops hat plays with the traditional hat crown, adding lace to the decreases to create a leaf shape. The inch of ribbing at the bottom of the hat will keep the tops of the wearer's ears warm, and the stockinette body makes it a great gift for someone who enjoys a more simple style. Additionally, the leaves also resemble Christmas trees, making it a great holiday gift.
The recommended yarn, Knit One, Crochet Two Brae Tweed, is a fairly loosely spun single ply that is surprisingly unsplitty. The interesting fiber content (60% merino, 20% baby llama, 10% bamboo, and 10% wool) makes a finished fabric that is warm, drapey, and incredibly soft. Although I highly recommend Brae, any aran weight yarn would work as long as you can achieve the correct gauge.
5 sts/inch, 7 rows/inch
109 yards of Worsted weight
As a college student, Michelle hardly has time to knit, let alone design patterns. Still, when an idea hits her and she just can't seem to find a pattern out in the great big knitting world, she loves figuring out the best way to put that idea on paper. For her ramblings, complaints, and newest ideas, check out her blog at www.collegeknitting.wordpress.com