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.

Dingle is suitable for mini skeins or leftovers. I worked mine with a gradient set of five colors.

The Dingle knitting pattern is available for 2, 3, 4 and 5 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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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)

5 colors
Main color 20 g
Contrasting color 1 20 g
Contrasting color 2 20 g
Contrasting color 3 20 g
Contrasting color 4 20 g

4 colors
Main color 30 g
Contrasting color 1 20 g
Contrasting color 2 20 g
Contrasting color 3 20 g

3 colors
Main color 35 g
Contrasting color 1 30 g
Contrasting color 2 25 g

2 colors
Main color 50g
Contrasting color 1 40 g

Note: the yarn used doesn’t label the individual skeins. I used the darkest as MC, and progressively lighter skeins for CC1-CC4.


  • 3 mm / US # 2.5 circular needle (80 cm / 32” in length)
  • 3.5 mm / US # 4 circular needle (80 cm / 32” in length)
  • 3.5 mm / US # 4 needles for small circumference in the round


30 sts x 42 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in stockinette stitch with larger needles

32 sts x 32 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in stranded colorwork on larger needles


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



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


  • knit and purl stitches
  • increases and decreases
  • fair isle
  • reading charts

The pattern is charted.


To fit a head circumference:
S [M] / 51 [56] cm / 20 [22]”


height: 24 [29] cm / 9.5 [11.5]” tall from CO to top
circumference: 44 [50] cm / 17.5 [19.5]” unstretched

Shown in size M on a 57 cm / 22.5” circumference head.

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Kate Atherley


KNITTY Issue Spring + Summer 2017