folded smile

A squooshy embossed diamond hat with a unique garter stitch brim. A plain black hat worked up with plenty of texture; it has enough purl stitches to keep it squishy and a split garter stitch brim. Dunkelipa* is named after a dark IPA beer Neil was brewing up the same day I brewed up the pattern.

dunkelipa preview

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main dunkelipa

The pattern gives 4 sizes from 15.5 to 22.25 inches and each size uses a single skein (or less) of the yarn. It’s a very economical hat and (or) an opportunity to try a fancy new yarn. If you’re on Ravelry, you can queue and favorite Dunkelipa here.

The brim is split on just one side. I really like wearing it folded up in the front but down in the back to keep my neck warm. Of course you can fold it any way you like – options are good! The purl stitches travel around the body of the hat to create diamonds and at the crown the decreases are worked into the purl ridges that spiral around to the top.

wide swirls

The hat is made using Shelter yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. It’s knit at 4.5 stitches to the inch on US 8 needles. It’s lovely and airy and very warm. I find the targhee-columbia wool easily soft enough to be worn next to the skin although I’ve heard people call it scratchy. I think it’s soft but still woolly – like shetland crossed with something softer. While knowing the difference between wool breeds has been mostly confined to the world of spinning more and more yarns are becoming specific as well. I will warn you it’s not even the tiniest bit wind proof. This hat really isn’t a good choice if you’re going to spend any time in a blizzard (oh, say, doing the photoshoot for said hat)


Every effort was made to provide an error free pattern, however mistakes do happen. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, and/or errata.
Tech editing by: Joeli Caparco (Joeli on Ravelry).
Thank you for purchasing this pattern and supporting my designs. This pattern is for personal, non-commercial use only. Feel free to knit this pattern for yourself, for gifts to others, and for charity. If you wish to sell items made from this pattern please contact me for details.

*therefore this made up word is pronounced dun-kel-i-pa or just dunkel I P A if you’d prefer.


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