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 1×1 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.

Version 2


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 and 24 [24.5, 25.5] cm/9.5 [9.75, 10]” height


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



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)

Additional Tools and Notions

Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle




Stitch patterns are written only (no charts).

Version 2

Price: $8.00 CAD/$6.25 USD

Purchasing options:

  1. Ravelry ($8.00 CAD)
  2. Etsy ($8.00 CAD)
  3. Craft Foxes ($6.25 USD)
  4. LoveCrafts ($6.25 USD)