Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dingle Hat

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m trying to work through leftover yarn from previous projects. We live in a warm climate now, which has added an extra challenge to my knitting plans.

My current focus is on my leftover sock yarn. My sock drawer is overflowing, so I really don’t need to knit more socks for myself. I don’t have enough of any coordinating colors to make another light wool top. And it doesn't get cold enough here to get much use from items like hats, mittens, and scarves.

But I have family members who live in cold climates, and I have four months until Christmas!

Front View of Knit Dingle Hat Worn with Crown Flopped to the Side

I searched Ravelry and found a lot of patterns for winter accessories that call for fingering weight wool yarn. As a bonus, some are available for free and some I already own.

I was drawn to the hat patterns first because they are one-and-done projects. As much as I enjoy knitting socks and mittens, it’s refreshing to work through a pattern without having to make notes so I can duplicate the work on the second piece.

Side View of Knit Dingle Hat Worn with Crown Flopped to the Side

I started with the free Dingle Hat pattern by Sabrina Schumacher. It’s a simple slouchy beanie with instructions for stranded colorwork knitting in two, three, four, or five colors. The pattern is written for two sizes — Adult Small and Adult Medium — and I chose the larger size. However, I tend to knit loosely with stranded colorwork so I went down in needle size to US-2 (2.75 mm) and US-3 (3.25 mm).

From my stash, I picked:
  • Cascade Yarns® Cascade 220® Fingering (100% wool) in 8505 White
  • Cascade Yarns Heritage (75% Merino wool, 25% nylon/polyamide) in White, previously dyed with Strawberry, Grape, and Berry Blue Kool-Aid
  • Plymouth Yarn Dancing Toes (40% Merino wool, 40% alpaca, 20% nylon/polyamide) in 99 Natural, previously dyed with Lemon-Lime, Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Changin’ Cherry, Berry Blue, and Fruit Punch Kool-Aid

Front View of Knit Dingle Hat Worn with Crown Slouched to the Back

The colors coordinate well, but the dye isn’t as vibrant in the Plymouth Yarn. I don’t know whether that’s due to the fiber content or a change in my dyeing process. In any event, I thought there would be enough difference between the two dyed yarns to look like a gradient with the white in the three-color pattern. I was wrong.

I still liked the color combination, so I switched to the four-color pattern. I used the darker Cascade Yarns Heritage for Color 1, the lighter Plymouth Yarn for Color 3, and the white between them as Colors 2 and 4.

Back View of Knit Dingle Hat Worn with Crown Slouched to the Back

The pattern was easy to follow and relaxing to knit. I think it would be a good first project for someone who is new to stranded colorwork. I really only needed to look at the instructions in the beginning as I moved from the brim to the colorwork, and at the end for the decreases. I love the way the hat turned out and already have a recipient in mind.

And the Cascade Yarns Heritage is all used up now. One yarn down, a lot more to go!


  1. So bright and cheery! I am marking that hat for future use!

    1. Thanks! With so many color possibilities, the pattern is definitely on my list to make again.

  2. Beautiful!! If you ever knit socks with flying geese please look me up. It's very difficult finding anyone who knits and who can follow a pattern. I just love that cap, good job.

    1. Thank you, Denise! I'll keep you in mind if I knit a project like that.

  3. This is such a beautiful hat! I don't knit and am always in awe of what I see people create with their needles. :)

    1. Thank you, Laura! I'm in continual awe of others' creations — there's always something I can't do or would never think to do.

  4. I really like how this turned out! Something very unique! I like your result. At first I thought it was very wild, but the longer I look at the hat, the more I like it.

    1. Thank you! I think it'll be a nice everyday piece that also makes a bit of a statement.


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