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Lisa has been knitting all her life, Hats and Mittens, Cowls and Doll Sweaters are favorite things to design. They are fast, easy
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Dot Dot Dot. The Dorchester Hat

from Lisa McFetridge
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Dot Dot Dot.  The Dorchester Hat
Dot Dot Dot.  The Dorchester Hat
Dot Dot Dot.  The Dorchester Hat
Dot Dot Dot.  The Dorchester Hat
Dot Dot Dot.  The Dorchester Hat
Dot Dot Dot.  The Dorchester Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit in the round
  • stranded knitting

Pattern Description:

...Dot, Dot, Dot
"The Dorchester Hat"
by Lisa McFetridge - 2013
My dad grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on Melbourne Street. My son went to B.C. High on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, my Irish grandfather fiddled on WBZ in Boston and his recordings reside in the Irish Archives at Boston College and Dorchester was his home. I passed by the famous gas tanks everyday on the Red Line headed into work. We referred to it as "Dot" for short. So when I was looking for a name for a polka dot hat, well, you can guess the rest . . . (dot, dot, dot)
This hat has some plain dots and some vibrant dots. I like the way they play off each other. A tonal or self-striping yarn could be substituted for the white to add more visual interest to the dots. Worked in the round in worsted weight yarn, corrugated rib and a TopDot, stuffed with bits of leftover yarn. Three sizes, Small Child, Child and Adult.


21 sts and 26 rows in stranded stockinette stitch, blocked.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 17 (19, 21) ins circumference
  • 9 (10, 10) ins fall
  • sizes Small Child, Child, Adult


  • US size 6 & 7 Circular needles or DPs

You Will Also Need:

  • seam needle
  • stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

250 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade 220 worsted