Boreal toque

colorwork hat for Women & Men

When you need a little extra warmth, go for this colorwork toque. The fingering-weight yarn creates a fabric that’s not too heavy to fit under your climbing or bike helmet, but you’ll love the extra squishy layer of color over your ears. The tweedy, rustic style looks great on men and women, and the possible color combinations are endless. Since the color pattern is fairly simple, this is a great introduction for those new to stranded color work.


finished sizes

About 20 1/4 (21, 22)” (51.5 53.5, 56 cm) head circumference and 7 1/2 (7 3/4, 8 1/4)” (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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