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Botanist Hat

UPDATE 12.14.15: Congratulations to winner, Kathy W! Kathy, check your email.


Close your eyes, hold hands, have a bit of a kumbaya moment, take a deep breath and say it with me now, dear readers… Knitted hat weather.

It’s here. I love knitted hat weather. Love it.

Mornings are insane for everyone, no matter what your career is, what your commute is like, if you have children, pets or significant others to wrangle, but I always take a moment to dig through the giant pile of knitted hats in the front closet and choose one that will make my morning a bit brighter, a bit warmer and a bit less crazy. Knitted hats can set the mood for the day. Feeling blah? Grab the gray cabled one. Having a happy day? Go with the bold rainbow stripes. A good rule of thumb is you can never have too many hand knit hats.


With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the Botanist Hat. With 2 stunning shades of Mrs. Crosby’s Steamer Trunk and a Victorian-inspired ginkgo leaf fair isle design, this hat brings a bit of warm weather delight to your noggin on a chilly winter’s day.


Knitting up on US 6 needles, this hat flies off the needles. A 100% superwash merino wool, I love the crisp ply on this yarn, which really made the fair isle stitches stand up on their own and look their best. At 164 yards, you’ll need a hank of each color and Mrs. Crosby does not disappoint. I chose one of my favorite color pairings of cranberry and turquoise using Hollywood Cerise and Sunset Regatta, but with so many wonderful color offerings, the choice is yours. One of the best things about fair isle knitting (and I see this time and time again since I teach it so frequently at my LYS) is even though a group is knitting the same exact project, by choosing the colors that suit you or your lucky recipient, you can completely change the look. What about Winter Wheat and Red Kind Radish? Golden Butter and Midnight Aubergine? Try something out of your comfort zone!


Starting with corrugated ribbing then going directly into the fair isle ginkgo design, this slouchy hat comes together quickly at the end with spiral decreases. Designed to be unisex, ginkgo is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta (all others being extinct) and is recognizably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years! Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history and has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food. There’s something elegant about the ginkgo leaf and I’ve been wanting to turn it into a fair isle design for a while.


Hats are the perfect knitted gift because they fit everyone. You don’t have to worry about bust size or arm length, everyone has a head and that head can get cold once the cold weather sets in. They’re perfect for last-minute knits and always appreciated.

Let’s give a copy of this pattern away, shall we? Answer the below trivia question correctly and automatically be entered to win! Contest open to readers worldwide and you’ll be contacted by me via email. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, December 14th.

Where is the largest ginkgo farm in the world?

Download the Botanist Hat here.


23 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beverly #

    The largest farm is in Sumter, South Carolina.

    December 10, 2015
  2. Kathy Wallace #

    Sumter, SC! Gorgeous hat!

    December 10, 2015
  3. Garnay Industries in Dalzell, SC!

    December 10, 2015
  4. Linda Medina #

    Sumter, South Carolina – love the hat!

    December 10, 2015
  5. Bern Dobler #

    Sumter, SC

    December 10, 2015
  6. Alicia Perez #

    Sumter SC-I have to be honest and say I googled it.

    December 10, 2015
  7. P. Wanner #

    Terrified of mittens and especially hats! Would love to attempt this one, bravery well in hand.
    Thanks for the opportunity…

    December 10, 2015
  8. P. Wanner #

    Forgot to say…. Sumter, South Carolina has the largest Ginko farm in the world….

    December 10, 2015
  9. Absolutely beautiful!!! Sumter, SC!!

    December 10, 2015
  10. Sumter, South Carolina has the largest farm. This hat is beautiful and would be a challenge I would gladly undertake.

    December 10, 2015
  11. Seems it’s in Sumter, SC.

    December 10, 2015
  12. Melissa Bell #

    Sumter, SC

    December 10, 2015
  13. lindarumsey #

    Sumter, South Carolina. Love the hat!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

    December 10, 2015
  14. Joan Brown #

    Sumter, South Carolina! Thanks!

    December 10, 2015
  15. Sumter, South Carolina

    December 10, 2015
  16. Sumter, South Carolina, US.

    December 10, 2015
  17. Shing #

    Garnay, Inc in Sumter, S. Carolina

    December 10, 2015
  18. Sheryl Hopkins #

    Hey Renee’, don’t these colors look cool together? xoSheryl

    Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:33:46 +0000 To:

    December 10, 2015
  19. Debra #

    Sunter, South Carolina
    Love the hat. Thanks for the giveaway.

    December 11, 2015
  20. Andrea #

    Sumter, SC!

    December 11, 2015
  21. Penny Bossert #

    Sumter, North Carolina has the largest ginkgo farm in the world

    December 11, 2015
  22. Anne #

    Her husbands name is Dash

    December 17, 2015
  23. Claire Larson #

    Mrs. Crosby’s husband is Dash!

    Thank you,

    December 18, 2015

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