Learn to Knit: Dorcha Hat

We love hat patterns.


Because they are the perfect portable project, the perfect size for learning new techniques and the perfect palate cleanser in between larger projects.

With Dorcha, you can create a gloriously textured hat with this mix of stitch patterns. Cosy and fun, this hat is perfect for everyone.


We know that some of you are here looking for the links, so here you go:

Learn to Knit Workshop | Ravelry Pattern | StolenStitches.com Pattern Yarn Kit

Wait! If a hat isn’t for you, but you would like a guided workshop series, then pop over here and browse our online classes. We have everything from free workshops to masterclasses, so you’ll find something no matter where you are on your knitting journey.

The Dorcha Hat


If you’re wondering what’s included in the workshop, press play and let Carol explain it to you as she chats through the pattern construction and techniques awaiting you in this project workshop.

This Learn to Knit course goes hand-in-hand with the included Dorcha Hat knitting pattern, so you’ll never be left wondering how to approach a section.

Some of the techniques covered in this course are:

  • Magic Loop Technique
  • Long Tail Cast On
  • Working in the round
  • Working from a chart
  • Faux Blackberry Cable
  • Faux Cables
  • Crown Decreases
  • Making a Pom Pom
  • Finishing
  • Blocking

Don’t let the list above overwhelm you. Knitting isn’t a race or competition, and it most definitely meant to take time and be enjoyable! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit a hat worked in the round, or you wanted a guided series of tutorials as you knit, then this is the workshop for you!

Purchase the Workshop Here

Dorcha Hat Front


The pattern is available as a PDF download inside your project workshop, but you might be looking for some quick details, so here they are:

To Fit Head Circumference up to: 20.25 (22.5, 24.75)”/ 51.5 (57, 63) cm
1-3” / 2.5 – 7.5 cm negative ease recommended.

Band Circumference
: 17.25 (19.5, 21.75)” / 44 (50, 55) cm
Length: 7 (7.75, 8.25)” / 18 (20, 21) cm
Sample size 19.5” / 50 cm modelled with 2.75” / 7 cm of negative ease.

US size 6 / 4 mm circular needles, 40” / 100 cm long or dpns
Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.
Eight stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Dorcha was the first pattern released in our Celtic Knits Club 2021.  It starts with a faux cable that uses a lifted stitch that creates a cable like texture. The middle stitch is the Blackberry or Trinity stitch that creates a fantastic texture and is widely used in Irish knits. The final stitch is a knit/purl ladder stitch. There are columns of single knit stitches with purl ladder ‘rungs’ worked every few rows between them.


Stolen Stitches ‘Blasta’ (60% Fine Irish Wool, 40% New Zealand Wool; 212 yds / 232 m per 3.6 oz / 100 g); colour: Dúch; 1 skein.
Approx Yardage: 105 (129, 156) m / 115 (141, 170) yds for hat plus 28 m”/ 31 yds for pom-pom, 29 (33, 37) m / 32 (36, 40) yds extra needed for folded brim

21 sts and 29 rnds = 4” / 10 cit’s Twisted Rib Pattern blocked
20 sts and 29 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in Ladder Stitch blocked
23 sts and 29 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in Blackberry Stitch blocked
12 stitch Faux Cable Panel measures 2″ / 5 cm wide

Dorcha is worked in our Blasta yarn. Blasta was developed with the help of Donegal Yarns. It’s 60% Irish; it’s rustic but still comfortable to knit with and wear.

Find the yarn kit here or browse Blasta yarn here.

Dorcha Hat Side


We love our yarn community. Those that join us for workshops usually stay in touch via our KnitHub forums or our Facebook Group. However, our KnitHub forums aren’t just for community chat. This is also where you go if you need any help or have any questions about any of the Stolen Stitches yarns or patterns.

Should you hit a snag during your knitting, pop into the forums and ask a question. We have dedicated threads for each workshop series and general threads for older patterns. You can join anytime, and it’s free. It’s also the same login as your Teachable class account! Just pop over here to browse.

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