Pattern: Lavagna Hat

Also available as part of an eBook, Whitework: Accessories inspired by medieval illumination

The motif in this fun and quick-to-knit hat was inspired by the repeating geometric motif around an illuminated “I” in the Scriptores historiae Augustae. This manuscript is from 1475 in Milan, and was printed by Phillipus de Lavagna.


  • Small: Finished circumference 19", bottom edge to centre of crown 7.5"
  • Medium: Finished circumference 21", bottom edge to centre of crown 8.5"
  • Large: Finished circumference 23", bottom edge to centre of crown 9.5"

Skills required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or magic loop method)

Materials needed

  • Yarn: DK weight, as follows - model shown is medium size and used Sandnes Garn "Smart", 100% wool, 108yds/50g, colour #6733, and Sandnes Garn "Peer Gynt", 100% wool, 98yds/50g, colour #1001
    • Small: Approximately 80 yards of main colour and 55 yards of contrast colour
    • Medium: Approximately 95 yards of main colour and 65 yards of contrast colour
    • Large: Approximately 130 yards of main colour and 90 yards of contrast colour
  • Needles: Either 3.5mm 16" circular and one set of 3.5mm DPNs or (for two circulars) two 3.5mm 16" circular needles or (for magic loop method) 3.5mm 32" or longer circular
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


  • 28 sts and 28 rounds to 4" in stranded pattern on 3.5mm needles after blocking

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