Remember Toque, Yo!, a test knit for Rosemary Hill? It's the hat she's wearing in her Knitty profile photo (see Bijouterie, Muir, Ice Queen, and others), it has a story of its own, and the complete pattern is now available.
The hat is an enjoyable project for experienced knitters; adventurous beginners will find it a readily accessible introduction to three techniques: mosaic colorwork in the round, knitting a casing, and jogless joins. The pattern offers two options – this is the original version with boning.
Many knitters will chose to emulate the designer and use strongly contrasting colors for a dynamic, op art look. I wanted to explore the interplay of a subdued color contrast with the ear-of-corn texture of the purl fabric. I love the nubbly result, even though the short version without boning actually fits my short stack cranium better. Either way, Toque, Yo! is a satisfying knit.