Digger by Allison O'Mahony


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]
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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.

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.

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)

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).

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)

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

Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle


Texture pattern is written only (no charts).

Stitch patterns are written only (no charts).

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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