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