Sunday, October 26, 2008

Autumnal Knitting: Lotus Hat

This is an autumn hat I made based on the Crosshatch Lace stitch. I call it "Lotus Hat" because the decrease at the crown forms a lotus-like pattern, while the lace on the body looks rather like stems and leaves. I made it beanie-style, designed to only cover the tips of the ears, but have included instructions for lengthening it.

TBL's Lotus Hat

Original pattern

5 st/in in stockinette

I used:
Pakucho color-grown organic cotton, worsted weight
Size 6 needles

CO 96 st. Join into a round, being careful not to twist.

Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 6 rounds.

Work Chart A (Crosshatch Lace) around 3 times, ending on row 8--24 rounds total. (For a longer, earlobe-covering hat, work one extra time--32 rounds total.)

Work Chart B once. Break yarn and thread through live stitches. Pull tight, secure, and weave in ends.

Gaugeless pattern (extrapolated from the original and NOT TESTED):

CO a multiple of 12 stitches. Join into a round, being careful not to twist.

Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 6 rounds or until desired band height is achieved.

Work Chart A (Crosshatch Lace) until hat is approximately 2 pattern repeats shy of total desired length (as measured from crown to edge), ending on row 8

Work Chart B once. If there are more than 16 stitches left on the needles, work row 20 again. Break yarn and thread through live stitches. Pull tight, secure, and weave in ends.

Apologies for the blurry charts--Blogger doesn't like the very tall image size. Click here to see the original image.


  1. Wow, love the pattern! Thanks for sharing. It's going in my ravelry queue :)

  2. Love it! Also queing on Ravelry

  3. This is lovely! I think I'm going to start it tonight for a Christmas present for my best friend. I've never read a chart before so I suppose I'll have to learn that. I'll let you know how it goes.

  4. Was hunting thru Ravelry for chemo cap patterns for my sister who is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for brain cancer and came across your pattern. What a nice option - thank you for making this available for us!

  5. I came across your lovely pattern while searching for chemo cap patterns for an Aunt. Thank you for making your pattern available. Now off to shop for soft yarn.

  6. Wow, that hat looks wonderful! Thank you for the pattern! I'll make my husband one to thank him for buying me one of those weaving looms. I hope any yarn will do - since I still have left-over DIY yarns I made from testing out my new hand carder.

  7. That's a beautiful pattern! I can't wait to try it. I don't use charts, so I've had to learn how to convert them into written instructions. We'll see how that goes :)

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  9. What size hat is this? Thanks

  10. Thanks for the pattern. It's lovely, and I plan on making it for a friend who is undergoing chemo.

  11. This is one of the most beautiful hats I've ever seen. Thank you so much!

  12. I love this hat! I'm starting it today for a friend who is undergoing chemo.

  13. So Pretty! I am thinking I could use multiple colors/ skeins! Oooo! I need to go home and knit!!!

  14. This hat is rad!! As is your blog, Especially the tag line, hahaha!! I am making this tonight, for MOI!! I'm selfish. Ha!

  15. Thank you very much for giving us this pattern. It's lovely. I made one for my sister after her radiation treatment, I made one for my mother, I made a few for a church fair. You are a genius, and thank you again for your generosity.

  16. Love this pattern -thanks!
    Also,ahem, is there life without BASEBALL??
    Yanks suk
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    A liberal? Rock on!

  17. Absolutely love this pattern. So much so that I am adapting a sweater to put this pattern as the main body - a matching set :)

    I'll write recipe down for what I am doing and will post it on here if that,s ok?

  18. I am new to knitting and I up to Chart B but don't understand what to do with the grayed out blocks. Can someone explain?

  19. Don't do anything with the greyed out blocks, they re the stitches that you've decreased. :)

  20. How do you work the decrease in chart B, please?

  21. I dont understand chart B please explain. Thanks.

  22. wow, love love love that scarf. your knitting is gorgeous. I'm going to try it, hope i can find that yarn... i found your blog on pinterest, and put it on my rss reader. thanks for the inspiraiton

  23. Lovely hat but I'm having some trouble with chart B. I have 5 stiches left over in the 1st round of chart B. Also, do I just k1 for each gray block?

  24. Wanted to use this pattern, but I don't read charts, so I wrote this out - double check before using though!

    Chart A
    1: K3, K2TOG, YO, K
    2: K2, K2TOG, YO, K2
    3: K, K2TOG, YO, K3
    4: K2TOG, YO, K4
    5: K, YO, SSK, K3
    6: K2, YO, SSK, K2
    7: K3, YO, SSK, K
    8: K4, YO, SSK

    Chart B
    1: K2TOG, K, K2TOG, YO, K4, K2TOG, YO, K
    2: K, K2TOG, YO, K4, K2TOG, YO, K2
    3: K2TOG, K4, K2TOG, YO, K3
    4: K4, K2TOG, YO, K4
    5: K2TOG, K4, YO, SSK, K3
    6: K5, YO, SSK, K2
    7: K2TOG, K4, YO, SSK, K
    8: K6, YO, SSK
    9: K2TOG, K3, K2TOG, YO, K
    10: K3, K2TOG, YO, K2
    11: K2TOG, K2TOG, YO, K3
    12: K2TOG, YO, K4
    13: K, SSK, K3
    14: K, YO, SSK, K2
    15: K2TOG, YO, SSK, K
    16: K2, YO, SSK
    17: K2TOG, K2
    18: K3
    19: K2TOG, K
    20: K2TOG

    1. Thanks so much for posting this in addition to the great pattern. Really helpful. :)

    2. Just fyi line 5 on Chart B should read K2TOG, K3, YO, SSK, K3

  25. JackieLoves2Knit3/17/2013 9:12 PM

    Could you explain how to read Chart B? As I am reading from right to left do I repeat all 12 stitches across the row? Or do I complete the first six 1 time and then repeat the following six around the row? Sorry, very new to reading charts and just wanted to clarify :)

  26. Looks like a winner to knit up in cotton for a friend. Thanks for this pattern.

  27. I wonder if it's possible to convert this pattern into a reversible pattern to be used for a scarf?

  28. I tried this pattern but it didnt turn out right. My question is do I place marker for the beginning of my rounds or just keep spiraling? Its the only thing I can think is wrong. My first row ended on k2tog. It should end on k1 right?

  29. I am an experienced knitter and I love how this hat looks but after three time having to ravel it out I'm done. Don't even know what I'm doing wrong.

  30. I made this in cotton as a chemo hat - absolutely PERFECT!! Thank you so much for your generosity :D

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  32. Hi there!

    I just wanted to let you know that I think this pattern is gorgeous. I am aneditor at and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I've noticed you have some other great projects on your site, and I would love to link to all of your other free knitting patterns as well. I know my readers would just love them and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project and/or other free projects, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial.

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  33. This is a great looking hat. Everything is great until I get to row 3 of chart B. I keep ending up with extra stitches at the end of the round. Frogging back to the beginning of the round and starting the row over gives me the same results. Any suggestions?

  34. Beautiful hat, I'm just starting chart B and am glad to find it written out and corrected further down. I'm using a black in Pacific and it's looking great. I found putting markers at every 6 stitches works great to keep me on task! Thanks1