Time to make the double dip knit ribbed hat that is full of texture and a fancy knit stitches that are easy to knit. If you can work a knit 3, purl 2 ribbing then you can knit this hat.
I love the knit dip stitch and couldn’t wait to use it in a pattern. Whenever I find a new to me stitch I almost always use it in a knit hat pattern or knit cowl pattern. Those are my go-to project.
When I found this stitch while browsing some Russian youtube channels I fell in love! The fun fishtail braid looking dip stitches were calling my name.
This hat is simple in construction as it is just a play on a knit 3, purl 2 ribbing with dip stitches worked in the knit column of stitches. Working the dip stitches closer together (meaning not many rows between the dip point of one stitch pattern repeat to the next one up) they look like a fishtail braid! Cool, right?
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To Fit Size: Adult One Size Fits Most
Finished Circumference: 20” [50.8 cm]
Finished Height: 8.25” [21 cm] not blocked; 8.5” [21.6 cm] wet blocked
Gauge: 3 knit x 2 purl ribbing stitch pattern slightly stretched = 18 sts = 4” [10 cm]
Yarn: Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™, [Art. R170 100% Merino Wool available 3.5 oz (100 g), 186 yd (170 m) balls] 1 ball Sangria.
Needles: Size 6 [4 mm] 16” [40.64 cm] circular needles & Size 7 [4.5 mm] 16” [40.64 cm] circular needles and set of 5 dpn’s.
Notions: Stitch marker, Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Fluffy Pom Pom (optional)
Double Dip Stitch: Dip Stitches are worked through stitches lower in the established fabric, but no stitches are dropped or unraveled. The following steps coincide with the photo tutorial below.
- Step 1: Identify column of 3 knits
- Step 2: Identify the 2nd stitch from tip of left hand needle and 4 rows down
- Step 3: Insert right hand needle into that stitch, directly through the center of it
- Step 4: Wrap the working yarn around the needle
- Step 5: Pull up a loop, keep the elongated loop on the right hand needle (it is a new stitch)
- Step 6: K3 sts
- Step 7: Identify the 2nd stitch from tip of right hand needle and 5 rows down (this is the same stitch that has a stitch pulled up already)
- Step 8: Insert left hand needle into that stitch
- Step 9: Wrap the working yarn around the needle
- Step 10: Pull up a loop
- Step 11: Place the elongated loop on the right hand needle (it is a new stitch).
- Step 12: Shows finished Double Dip Stitch. Continue in pattern.
Slip, Knit Two Together-through the back leg (sk2tog-tbl): Slip 1 stitch as if to knit then slip the stitch back to the left hand needle (the stitch is now sitting with the back leg forward), knit 2 together through the back leg — 1 st decreased.
Center Double Decrease (CDD): Slip 2 stitches TOGETHER as if to knit, k1, pass the 2 stitches slipped TOGETHER over the knit stitch — 2 sts decreased.
Knit Two Together-through the back leg (k2tog-tbl): insert right hand needle into 2 stitches TOGETHER as if to knit, knit them together — 1 stitch decreased.
With smaller 16” circular needle, use the long tail cast on, CO 90, PM, join to work in the round.
Rounds 1-10: *K3, p2; repeat from * around.
With larger 16” circular needles
Round 1: Double Dip Stitch (see special stitches), p2; repeat form * around — 126 sts.
Round 2: *Slip 1 stitch as if to purl, k3, slip 1 stitch as if to purl, p2; repeat from * around.
Round 3: *Sk2tog-tbl (see special stitches), k1, k2tog, p2; repeat from * around — 90 sts.
Round 4: *K3, p2; repeat from * around.
Repeat rounds 1-4 fourteen more times (adjust this number for custom fit) — 15 total repeats.
With larger 16” circular as magic loop or switch to double pointed needles.
Round 1: CDD, p2tog; repeat from * around — 36 sts.
Round 2: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Round 3: *K2tog-tbl (see special stitches); repeat from * around — 18 sts.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread the yarn through the loops as if to purl then pull loops together like a drawstring. Secure tail to inside of hat.
Weave in all ends.
Add pom pom for added flair. Enjoy!