Toque of the Town

Back in May, a friend had a birthday and I offered to make him a present. “A toque,” he replied.

“O-ok, any color preference?” I asked.

“Black,” and off he went, to return to his task at hand.

What the heck is a toque?! I muttered to myself. I didn’t want to admit that I didn’t know what it was. As much as I love my friends, sometimes I get very insecure about my intelligence when I’m around them. Well, it was more my lack of knowledge in this case, but you get the idea. When I got home, I looked it up. Good ‘ol Wikipedia! A toque is a type of hat with a narrow brim or no brim at all. They were popular from the 13th to the 16th century in Europe, especially France. Now, it is primarily known as the traditional headgear for professional cooks, except in Canada where the term is primarily used for knit caps.

I was about 90% sure of what I needed to do after reading that, so I found a suitable pattern on Redheart.com called Give Him a Rib Hat. He ok’ed it, and I started working on it, using Red Heart’s With Love in Black.

I had only done 1 other full knit project before this, and I was more than a bit nervous to be working with black yarn. It’s hard enough to see where one stitch goes when it’s a light color, and now I’m working with black?? What did I get myself into? The things I do for my friends… These thoughts went through my head as I worked on the cap.

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This is about half way or almost to the half way point. It took me about 2 months to finish it, mostly because I kept messing up and having to redo parts of it. And I kept putting it down to work on other projects. And I’m new to knitting, so I had to go slow or risk even more mistakes. The cap is worked in rows (back and forth, not in rounds), and then sewn together at the end to become round. It does not have a pompom, nor does the pattern give that as an option, but if you really wanted to, I guess you could add one. Sadly, I only have this photo of the cap in progress. But, my friend was kind enough to take some photos of himself wearing it and sent them to me. Isn’t he darling? It’s the hat. Lol. =)

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