In Ireland, not only the grasses are greener, but also the houses are more colorful. When I travelled through Ireland, this place hit me the most. Dingle is a charming place on the peninsula of the same name with many colored houses. Since the colors give the traditional houses a modern twist, the Dingle hat interprets the traditional Fair Isle knitting in a modern way.

The slouchy hat is knitted in the round from the bottom up. For the geometric pattern, no more than two colors are worked in a single round.

The pattern is suitable for mini skeins or leftovers. I worked mine with a gradient set of five colors. It also works with a gradient set of four (MC-CC3) and a pop color (CC4). Or play with random semi-solid colors to make your own unique Dingle.


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For a neater look, I recommend using the provisional tubular cast. If you prefer, use a stretchy CO like the long-tail method.

Spinnwebstube Bio Merino Cablé Fine Minis set (100 % Merino superwash; 382 yd/350m per 100g set); 5 mini skeins of 20g each; (here you can buy the sets)
• 1 skein in Carnaval (main colour MC); 100 g / 407 m / 445 yards used for the sample
• 1 skein in Eggplant (contrasting colour CC); 65 g / 265 m / 290 yards used for the sample
Note: the yarn used doesn’t label the individual skeins. I used the darkest as MC, and progressively lighter skeins for CC1-CC4.

US # 2.5 / 3 mm 16-inch circular needle
US # 4 / 3.5 mm 16-inch circular needle
US # 4 / 3.5 mm needles for small circumference in the round

tapestry needle, stitch marker
optional: waste yarn for the provisional cast-on

30 sts/42 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch with larger needles
32 sts/32 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stranded colorwork on larger needles

depth: 52 cm / 20.5”
width: 150 cm / 59”

knit and purl stitches, increases and decreases, fair isle

Kate Atherley

KNITTY Issue Spring + Summer 2017