FO: botanic hat.

botanic fo side

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botanic fo inside1

LOVE. This is the botanic hat, by Stephen West. I rarely buy hat patterns, but as more and more botanic hat projects began showing up on ravelry, I decided that I needed to knit this, and I justified my purchase by telling myself that this pattern would be great for gift knitting. I can’t say enough about this pattern or the finished product: the instructions are very clear, and the hat is truly reversible — the two sides are quite different. I will be checking out more of Stephen West’s hat and shawl patterns!


Hello Yarn handspun in Five Plum Pie (MC) and purpley Cascade 220 (CC).

US size 6 needles (did not go up to 7s after ribbing).

Followed instructions for the regular hat, and the result is a generously sized (covers the tops of my ears) snug hat.

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As I was knitting, I was thinking that these colors are perfect for a dear friend of mine, but now that the hat is finished, it might be very difficult to remove it from my head. We’ll see. I’ll definitely be making more of these!


I wound up two skeins of handspun last night with more hats in mind. This is Spunky Club dark bfl in myrtle, and AVFKW falklands in the silent undergrowth colorway. I’m going to cast on for a seaman’s cap with the myrtle today (after I grade another paper or two) to see how this yarn knits up.

In conclusion, hooray for handspun hats!


10 thoughts on “FO: botanic hat.

  1. Love your hat and it looks great on you! You need to keep this one esp since you used the very coveted Hello Yarn Five Plum Pie colorway.

  2. I love it and agree with Manise, this one is a keeper. To go with the fingerless mitts in the same colorway.

  3. This turned out so gorgeous! I love it; I’ll definitely be knitting this in the near future.

  4. I started Stephen West’s ‘Boneyard Shawl’ the other day and I have fibre to spin for his ‘Herbivore’. They’re perfect for me – shawls/scarfs that aren’t too girly! Love the hat.

  5. i love it! your hat and your hair! beeeeyooootiful…

    ended up in albany last night and it took everything i had not to just ‘turn right’ to your house. :)

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