Saturday, December 19, 2015

Shiniest Touque in the Verse - Knitting Pattern

As many of you out there know, I cannot sell this exact style, or colour of hat, as per a certain group of individuals with a lot of money and lawyers that say no.  Even though there are a few tweaks I made on the original hat in terms of placement of ear flaps, and the type of yarn used.

We'll call it the Shiny Touque, as we do up here in Canada.

However, with this being the holiday season, and there might be some last minute knitting going on, if you have the yarn, and a few hours....I hope this makes your gift making and holiday season a bit more.....shiny.

Please keep in mind this is my personal pattern.  Y'all in the verse can use it, but please credit me back if you do.  I also have a bonus tree ornament hat you can make which takes no time to knit up at all.

You can also change the colours and the amount of stripes to match your fave sports team, or to wear your hat with pride... as per this photo below...

A word of caution:  I have made this hat so many times, but the written instructions might not seem very clear.  If anyone gets confused, please send a message and I will try to clarify. (and possibly edit this post as needed)

The Patterns:

Needles:  US 6 or 4.0 mm needles, both circulars, and double pointed needles (it makes it easier to use DPNs the closer you get to the top)

Yarn: I used Bernat Super Value solids 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn.  I have also used Patons Canadiana worsted weight 100% acrylic yarns for this pattern. (I prefer the Bernat Super Value yarn cause its ever so slightly bulkier)  I'm personally not a huge fan of Red Heart's super saver yarns, but if you wanna go for it....just make sure its worsted weight.

Colours: Red, Orange, and Yellow

Guage: I almost never guage anything...if anyone has a guage they'd recommend, please recommend it in the comments.

The pattern for the full sized touque:

Cast on 92 sts in orange.  (if you need to make it larger or smaller, decrease or increase by 4 stitches per size), join the round.

Knit 2, purl 2, repeat to end of row

Join and repeat knit 2, purl 2, for 3 more rows

Knit for 3 inches for a smaller hat, 4 inches for a slightly longer one if you changed your cast on number, or the size of your head.

After the orange section is done, switch to yellow, and knit about 3 inches (4 inches if you are making a larger hat)

Once you are done that segment, follow this next set of instructions to shape the hat:

Knit 4, Knit 2 together.  repeat till the end of the row
Knit the next round
Repeat these instructions for about an inch

Next, Knit 4, knit 2 together every row till there's about 10 stitches left.  Cast off and cinch up the hole

Add a pompom to the top in a combination of all 3 colours

I usually  lay my hat flat and mark off where the earflaps go...but thats just me...however, if you wanna do this thing we call math....count out 23 stitches from the row join on either side of the join to get where your ear flaps should go.

Loop on 16 stitches per ear flap just under the inside of the rim of the hat where your ribbing on the rim stops, and the solid knit stitch starts.  It will have a hidden cast on seam rather than attaching it right to the brim.  I loop on 8 stitches on each side of your marker where the centre of your earflaps should sit. The earflap colour is red, and be sure that your knit side is facing out

Knit 1 row, purl 1 row, complete knitting/purling across each row for 15 rows

(Instructions in brackets are depending on if you are on a purl row and not a knit row depending on what side you started your earflaps on.)

Then, Knit/Purl 1, knit 2 together (purl 2 together), Knit 10 sts, knit 2 together (purl 2 together), knit 1 (purl 1)

At the start and end of each row, you should knit 1, knit 2 together, knit the rest of the stitches except the last 3, knit 2 together, knit 1

keep going till you have 4 stitches left, then cast off

Do the other earflap

Add little tassles to the end of your earflaps.  I usually use 2-3 pieces, and leave a little bit of the yarn when I cast off.

the way the earflaps are knit, they should curl up on their own a little bit.  If they don't curl out, and just curl in,  just shape it with your fingers, and stretch it out width wize a bit, and it will sit pretty for ya.   

And now, for the mini decoration hat.  You could also possibly use this for a doll too. The orange looks a bit red in this photo, but I was also taking a really close photo with the flash on at the time.

Use the same size needles for the full size hat, US 6 or 4mm needles.  You are going to want to use DPNs for this one cause its so small.

You can also use the exact same yarn as you used for the full sized hat. (Bernat Super Saver solids 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn)

The Pattern:  

Cast on 20 stitches in Orange

Knit 1, purl 1, repeat till end of row.

Knit for 2 more rows

Switch to yellow, knit for 4 rows

Decrease every other stitch till its really tight (I forgot to count how many stitches you should have left.  I would imagine 5 at the most), decrease and cast off last row.

Loop on 3 stitches for each earflap on the underside of the brim just like the full sized one

knit and purl 3 rows, cast off, leaving little tails for your tassles

add a pompom. I used my fingers to make one but a fork might work to make your pompom as well for size.

Add a decorative ribbon, or some method of hanging your mini toque on the tree or put it on your favorite doll.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Love the rainbow hat.....and the little mini hat too!

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