Last summer, my brother-in-law lent me the very addictive Game of Thrones novels to occupy me on planes, in airports, on docks and beaches and in doctors and dentists offices. I missed more than my share of subway stops catching up on what the scheming Starks and Lannisters were up to.
- Winter is coming toque (slouchy version)
Inspired by the similarity between the ominous feeling you get in Canada in November and House Stark’s motto, a toque to brave the winter in Canada or the Seven Kingdoms (or anywhere else for that matter….)
Needles: Size 7 and 9 circular needles. Size 9 DPNs
Notions: tapestry needle, stitch marker
Yarn: 60 yards worsted weight yarn in colour #1,30 yards in colour #2 (sample in Berroco Vintage)
Size: medium/large 24” inches in circumference
There’s no escaping it… winter is coming.
Cast 96 stitches in colour #1 on size 7 circular needles
Brim: (8 rounds)
Row 1: join in the round, careful not to twist, (K1, P3)* repeat to the end of the round
Rows 2 to 8: repeat
Main hat: (33 rounds or desired length)
Switch to size 9 circular needles.
Knit 4 rounds
Work colour pattern bellow as follows:
K2, work 92 stitches in pattern, K2
(The long strands can be difficult to deal with if you’re a novice at stranded colourwork. If you are doing more than 5 or 6 consecutive stitches in one colour, just tuck the other strand around every 4 to 5 stitches to avoid long drooping strands.)
Knit 20 rounds for a slouchy hat as shown. (15 rounds for a closer fitting toque)
Decrease for crown:
Switch to DPNs
Row 1: (K6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit
Row 3: (K5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 4: knit
Row 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 13: k2tog to the end of the round.
Run yarn through remaining stitches, and sew in ends!
For personal or charitable use only. LGN, 2012.