Am I unspeakably pleased with how the spacing on the top of this worked out? Why yes, yes I am.
Now, someone is out there wondering why I didn’t put the leafy bit over the whole hat. And the answer is that the hat would fit kind of weird if you ran that pattern over the whole thing.
You’ve got a fairly dramatic difference in the number of stitches between the narrowest and widest rows of that stitch. Which is absolutely fine if you use it in a constrained space like this (where the stockinette on either side acts as a buffer), but can make things a bit lumpy over a large area like a whole hat.
The other option would be to tweak things a bit so that the number of stitches stayed more constant row to row (which you totally could do on this one), but I sort of like the drama you get with the really big increases (the bottom of each leaf is a giant increase). It gives the leaves some texture and depth that I find charming.
So long as you use it in moderation!
And don’t worry, I know that this is a fairly tall stitch repeat, so I have lovely, tidy, satisfying ways to do the crown at either the end or the midpoint of the repeat. But I am currently not sad at all about how this one is coming out!
Nope. Not sad at all.