Knit a simple ribbed toque

This simple folded-up toque, knit in one-by-one rib, will keep the man in your life toasty through the coldest of winters.

By Judith Durant

Watch cap
This simple toque is about as basic as it gets, and a quick knitter can finish this toque in a day. Made in standard worsted-weight wool using a pattern stitch that's 1/1 rib stitch, it's very elastic and one size really should fit all. If the recipient has a particularly large head, add four or eight stitches.

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Yarn
Patons Classic Merino Wool, 100% pure new wool, approximately 223 yd (204 m)/100 g. Yarn band gauge: 20 sts = 4" (10 cm) on US 7 (4.5 mm) needles. Colour: 249 Stone Marl, 1 skein.

Finished size
Approximately 17" (43 cm) around, unstretched, and 10.5" (26.5 cm) deep before folding up cuff; will stretch to up to 24" (61 cm) around.

Gauge
13 sts = 2" (5 cm) in pattern stitch (1/1 rib stitch), unstretched.

Needles
Set of five US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles or size you need to obtain correct gauge. Note: You may also use a 16" (40 cm) US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle until you get to the decrease rounds.

Notions
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations
ssk = slip one stitch, slip one stitch, knit the two stitches together through their back loops.

Pattern stitch (1/1 rib stitch)
Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 for pattern.

Knitting the cap

Set up: Cast on 112 sts. Place 28 sts on each of four needles. Join into a round (see tip, below), being careful not to twist sts.
Work in 1/1 rib stitch for 8" (20.5 cm).

Decreasing for the crown
Round 1: *Ssk, work pattern as established to last 2 sts on needle, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round. You have just decreased 8 sts.
Round 2: *K1, work pattern as established to last stitch on needle, k1; repeat from * to end of round.
Rounds 3-14: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 six more times. You now have 56 sts (14 on each needle).
Rounds 15-17: Repeat Round 1 every round. You now have 32 sts (8 on each needle).
Round 18: *Ssk twice, k2tog twice; repeat from * to end of round. You now have 16 sts (4 on each needle).
Round 19: *Ssk, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round. You now have 8 sts (2 on each needle).

Finishing
Cut working yarn, leaving a 10" (25 cm) tail. Thread tail into tapestry needle. Pull needle through all remaining sts, drawstring-fashion, then pass through these sts once again, draw up tight, and fasten off to close top of cap. Weave in ends.

Tip: Joining into a round
If you have trouble making a firm join by simply beginning to knit, try joining your stitches into a round by trading places with the first and last cast-on stitches. Take the last cast-on stitch from needle 4 and slide it onto needle 1. Then take the first cast-on stitch from needle 1 and slide it over the last stitch and onto needle 4.

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Excerpted from Never Knit Your Man a Sweater, copyright 2006 by Judith Durant. Used by permission of Storey Publishing LLC.
All Rights Reserved. Available in Canada through Thomas Allen & Son Ltd.


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