Clearly I’m not yet done with helical designs! Welcome to the Momo hat! If you’ve already purchased Something New to Learn About Helical Knitting, this bonus design has been added to your Ravelry library, but this is also available as a single pattern download. Giuseppe Momo is the name of the architect who designed the newer 1932 double helix staircase at the Vatican Museum in Rome (below). This is one of the most spectacular double helix staircases, and so it seems a fitting name for a hat that features both helical garter stitch, and a cable panel that has a bit of a helical look to it!
I designed my cosy hat in Something to Knit With Aran in the Storm and Cornflower shades, but there are heaps of other combinations that would work well. How about Mist and Mustard? Or Lawn and Sky? The blend of highland wool and superfine alpaca is perfect for a warm hat, and the garter stitch background really does give it a thick, cosy fabric. The cable panel is based on the one I used in my Lullington hat, but here it has been adjusted to work well with the helical garter stitch, and a slipped stitch technique has been introduced to give the solid cable running over the two-colour background. I’m really pleased with how the helical elements work together, and it’s a great way to practise shaping while working helically as well as using the cable chart. That said, the cable chart is also given in written format, so you can work from either as you please.
I chose to add a massive pompom to my hat, as I just couldn’t resist, but the crown shaping has a pleasing spiralling look to it, so you could equally omit the pompom if you prefer.
The hat comes in four sizes so you can make them for all the family!
Alternatively, you can buy the single pattern for £4.00 directly on Ravelry: Momo hat