Angmo’s hat (Ladakhi Leaf hat)

Picture: Tracy P. Hudson

This hat has a leafy lace pattern that is part of the knitting tradition of people in Ladakh, North India. The pattern is a copy of the hat that little Angmo is wearing and that was knitted by her mother Dolkar. The pattern may have an European origin. Read the story! And this too.

Size: child

About 65g yarn, that will obtain gauge 
- 4 dpn's size 3,5 or 4 mm/US #4, #5 or#6

 16 sts x 24 rounds = 10 cm/4 inches



CO 72 sts, divide over 3 needles and connect in the round

Rnd 1 - 8 : purl
Rnd 9 - 16: knit

TIP: If you don’t like to purl, knit the first 8 rounds, then turn work inside out and knit 8 more rounds. Problem: after turning , your working thread will be on the wrong side. To fix this (and prevent making a hole), do like this before turning:  yarn forward, slip 1 st, yarn to the back (stitch is now wrapped), slip stitch back. Turn work, knit till last (wrapped) stitch and knit sts and yarn together. 

Start lace pattern:
Rnd 1: *p9, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 [6 times]
Rnd 2 and all uneven: purl the purls and knit the knits. Knit the yo's too.
Rnd 3: *p9, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2 [6 times]
Rnd 5: *p9, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3 [6 times]
Rnd 7: *p9, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4 [6 times]
Rnd 9: *p9, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5 [6 times]
Rnd 11: *p9, k6, yo, k1, yo, k6 [6 times]
Rnd 13: *p9, k7, yo, k1, yo, k7 [6 times]
Rnd 15: *p9, k8, yo, k1, yo, k8 [6 times]
Rnd 17: *p9, k9, yo, k1, yo, k9 [6 times]
Rnd 19: *p9, k10, yo, k1, yo, k10 [6 times]

Rnd 21: *p9, ssk, k19, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 23: *p9, ssk, k17, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 25: *p9, ssk, k15, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 27: *p9, ssk, k13, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 29: *p9, ssk, k11, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 31: *p9, ssk, k9, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 33: *p9, ssk, k7, k2tog [6 times]

Rnd 35: *p2, p2tog, k1, p2tog, p2, ssk, k5, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 37: *p1, p2tog, k1, p2tog, p1, ssk, k3, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 39: *p2tog, k1, p2tog, ssk, k1, k2tog [6 times]
Rnd 41: *k3tog,[12 times]

Cut yarn, thread end through remaining sts, pull tight and secure.