In Canada, tuque // is the common name for a knitted winter hat, or watch cap (sometimes called a beanie in other parts of the world); the spelling "touque", although not recognized by the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, is also sometimes seen in written English. The Canadian-English term was assimilated from Canadian-French tuque. Toque first appeared in writing around 1870. - Wikipedia
I pulled quite a few balls of yarn from stash that were for an earlier - now cancelled - exploration and used them for this project. The basic pattern - show above left - is based on a multiple of twelve which meant I could also use multiples of 2, 3, 4, and 6. I knit the blue touque first to test the pattern and the multi-coloured one last to use up the remaining scraps. They are both newborn size. The joins on the multi-coloured one are visible square knots tied on the front.
The touques are knit starting with 60, 72, 84, 96, or 108 stitches. By the end, I was weighing them and the remaining yarn to see what size I had enough yarn left to knit. There is one tiny, smaller than an inch, ball of the denim blue yarn left that I'll give to a friend who knits baby hats for her arts & crafts club sale each year. I keep a collection for her - a great way to get rid of my little bits.
The decreases for the crown are worked in groups of twelve. You start by knitting ten stitches and then two together and repeat until the end. On the next rows, you knit nine and then two together, eight and then two together, seven and then two together, and so on. One the last row, you knit groups of two together and then draw the yarn through the remaining stitches and fasten it off. I knit sixteen touques in total.
The touque is simply a blank canvas in three parts with the cuff, the crown, and the body. Each touque, as well as each section, can be used to explore new ideas. Above left, I used two rows of knit stitches in the middle of ribbing to create a crease for the fold of the cuff. Above right, I used a mock cable to delineate the groups of twelve and then transformed the cables into the decreases at the crown.
I tried different kinds of rib like the slip rib stitch above left and different kinds of cuff ideas like the one above right with cross over stitches. The project became a playground for new ideas and learning. I have several stitchionaries that I used to learn new stitches that I can now use in future projects. I learned that some stitches work well with back and forth knitting but not in the round and I learned that stitch counts knit flat can differ from stitch counts knit in the round so I had to assess differently when choosing a stitch pattern. Good to know.
There are five pink, three grey, three navy, two denim, two turquoise, and one multi-coloured touques. None are identical. Some have a single cuff and others have a folded cuff. With some, I carried the plain stitching through the crown and with others, I carried the patterned stitching through the crown. Some have a simple body stitch and some have a more complicated body stitch. Some are designed to be worn tight and others worn slouchy. With all of them, I tried at least one new thing.
The simplest thing - a knitted hat - can become the process and the product through which you explore new learning. There's nothing to lose. It's a touque. The world will not end if it's not the most amazing touque ever although keep at it and you never know....
Some of my touques are nicer than others but they have all provided learning, they have all provided entertainment, they are are all wearable and warm, and they will all be appreciated by the charity they are donated to and the ultimate recipient. Imagine if you knit a touque a week? 52 touques. A simple project. Tremendous learning.
The invisible world is always where the visible originates. - Henry Cloud
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - stash to share