Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Boreal Toque

I've been writing about the patterns in my new book Rugged Knits - previously I covered two sweaters, Hazy Cloud and Silhouette Baselayer. Today I'm going to get into one of the accessory patterns, Boreal Toque. Like the Silhouette Baselayer I envisioned Boreal Toque working equally well for men and women.

- Bottom-up
- Simple wide ribbed brim
- Easy to follow color pattern without any long floats - no float catching is necessary!

- Intended to be worn with a snug, beanie-style fit so it's comfortable under a helmet.
- For a slouchier fit, work more Stockinette after completing the color pattern and before beginning crown shaping.

I used one of my favorite yarns, Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yd 251 m/50 g).
- Woolen spun construction makes a light, warm hat. Color work adds warmth and wind-resistance with very little added bulk.
- The tweedy color palette is gorgeous and extensive. There are so many girly, masculine, and neutral color combinations to choose from!
- Brooklyn Tweed Yarns are made in the USA. I love supporting North American yarn production!

Tips for Substituting
- Lots of yarns can work for this one. Fibres like alpaca, silk, and cotton may stretch out of shape over time, so wool may be best. But, that's not nearly as big of a concern as it would be with a garment.
- For a bright, saturated project, I'd love to see this worked up in your favorite hand dyed sock yarn like Hazel Knits Artisan Sock.
- For a natural, un-dyed look, try Bare Naked Wool Better Breakfast Fingering.
- If you like clean, smooth color work, I recommend Quince and Co. Finch.

The color pattern that's dramatic, but not difficult to work.

Color dominance is important for this project. Because the contrast color creates the pattern, I held it dominant for this hat. Like I mentioned in the post about Hazy Cloud, I love this article by Dianna Walla about color dominance in knitting.

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits #Borealtoque, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Boreal Toque projects!


Come to my book launch events and take my intro to color work class using the Boreal Toque pattern!

Tolt Yarn and Wool, Carnation, WA - July 30, 2016

Boreal Toque Workshop 10am-2pm
Book Launch Party & Signing 3-5pm

Beehive Wool Shop, Victoria, BC - August 6-7, 2016

Book Launch Party & Signing, August 6, 11am-3pm
Boreal Toque Workshop, August 7, 1-4pm


Finished Size 
About 201⁄4 (21, 22)” (51.5 53.5, 56 cm) head circumference and 71⁄2 (73⁄4, 81⁄4)” (19 19.5, 21 cm) long.

Example A shown on woman in size 21” (53.5 cm). 

Example B shown on man in size 22” (56 cm).

Sock weight (#1 Super Fine). Main Color (MC): 119 (128, 137) m. Contrast Color (CC): 36 (46, 55) m.

Shown here: Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yd 251 m/50 g): colors for Example A: Old World (MC), 1 skein; Snowbound (CC), 1 skein; colors for Example B: Pumpernickel (MC), 1 skein; Hayloft (CC), 1 skein.

Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Size U.S. 5 (3.75) mm 16” (40 cm) circular (cir). 
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauges.

Markers (m); tapestry needle.

25 sts and 36 sts = 4” (10 cm) over St st using smaller needle. 
25 sts and 31 sts = 4” (10 cm) over color chart using larger needle.

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