Digger by Allison O'Mahony

Digger

Knitting
February 2018
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14.25 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
118 - 157 yards (108 - 144 m)
Adult S [M, L]
low vision format available
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At first glance, Digger is a basic garter stitch hat with a contrasting texture panel, but don’t be fooled; this piece contains a few clever details that make it special. Instead of plain 1x1 rib, the brim is worked in a tidier Slipped Stitch Rib pattern. Two slipped stitch columns flow from the ribbing to border the texture panel, eliminating the jog that usually occurs when knitting garter stitch in the round.

Digger is a versatile pattern and can be knit with a small amount of negative ease (1.5 - 2.5 cm/0.5 - 1”) to be worn as a fitted toque, or with more ease (2.5 - 5 cm/1 - 2”) to be worn slouchy as modeled.
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SIZE
Adult size S [M, L]

Shown in size L with 1.5 cm/0.5” negative ease for a slouchy fit. For a snugger fit, choose a size with more negative ease.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS
43.5 [49, 54.5] cm/17.25 [19.25, 21.5]” circumference (A) and 24 [24.5, 25.5] cm/9.5 [9.75, 10]” height (B), after blocking (see photos for schematic)

MATERIALS
108 [124, 144] m/118 [136, 157] yd bulky weight yarn*

*Shown in Estelle Yarns Alpaca Merino Chunky (60% Superfine Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool; 125 m/137 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Mid Grey Heather (225); 1 [1, 2] skein(s).

NEEDLES
Size A (for body)
One each size 40 cm/16” circular needle and set of DPNs, size 6 mm/US 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Size B (for ribbing)
One 40 cm/16” circular needle, size 5.5 mm/US 9 (or one size smaller than Size A)

GAUGE
14.25 stitches & 28 rounds = 10 cm/4” in garter stitch*

16 stitches & 28 rounds = 10 cm/4” over texture panel*
*Measured after gentle blocking

ADDITIONAL TOOLS
Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle

SKILL LEVEL
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NOTES
Texture pattern is written only (no charts).

NOTES
Stitch patterns are written only (no charts).

LOW VISION ACCESSIBILITY
The LV version of this pattern has the following features:

  • Black text on white background
  • 24 point font (minimum for body text; some headers are slightly larger than this)
  • Sans serif monospaced font (Consolas)
  • No italics
  • Fully written directions (chart is included but not required)
  • All left-justified text
  • 2.54 cm/1” margins
  • Single column format
  • All images are captioned

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