Skibbereen by Luise O'Neill


November 2009
both are used in this pattern
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette on smaller needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
70 - 136 yards (64 - 124 m)
Finished Circumference: 11 - 17" / 28-43cm Fits Head: 12 - 22" /31-56cm
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♫ The Music ♫
Skibbereen is a traditional narrative song of the mid 1850s that interweaves stories of hard times and the longing for a homeland left behind.

The subtle lattice pattern of this adorable hat evolves into a spiral top that enhances the beauty of the self-patterning yarn and is perfect for those who love colour! Make this design in a solid colour and it becomes a classic.

This hat pattern uses a tubular cast-on combined with Judy’s Magic Cast-on. Internet links are provided for both static and video demonstrations of these techniques. They are not included in the pattern itself. Alternatively, you may use your own preferred stretchy cast-on method.

Two versions of the diamond pattern are included in this newly updated version:

  • Lattice Pattern 1 (multi-coloured sample) which has all the background stitches worked in Stockinette stitch, and
  • Lattice Pattern 2 (cream sample) which includes alternating Garter stitch filler for some of the diamonds.

The twisted stitches that form the cable lattice do not require a cable needle.

Both charts and written directions for the charts are provided.

Baby - Medium Adult
Finished hat circumference: 11 (13, 15, 17)“ / 28 (33, 38, 43)cm
To fit head: 12 – 14 (14 – 16, 16 – 18, 19 – 22)” / 31–36 (36–41, 41–46, 48–56)cm

70 (107, 128, 136)yds / 64 (98, 117, 125)m

3.25mm / US3 needles for small circumference knitting

If using Judy’s Magic Cast-on, you will also need:
4mm / US 6 circular needle 32” / 81cm or longer

Using 3.25mm / US3 needles:
26 sts and 34 rows = 4” / 10cm in Stockinette stitch
30 sts and 36.5 rows = 4” / 10cm in Lattice Pattern

1 stitch marker, tapestry needle.

Knit in the round from brim up.

Skills Used
Knit, purl, knit 2 together, knit 3 together, knit in the round, knit through back of loop, slip a stitch, tubular cast-on using Judy’s Magic Cast-on {JMCO} (Internet links provided)

Helpful Links
Video link: Judy’s Magic Cast-on
Static link: Judy’s Magic Cast-on (
Video link: Tubular Cast-on using Judy’s Magic Cast-on
Video link: Magic Loop

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Originally published as the Pink Diamond Hat pattern, this updated version provides more options with the inclusion of an additional lattice pattern.