Thursday, January 8, 2009

Toque, Yo!

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.

Toque, Yo!

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.

10 comments:

Bezzie said...

I thought that hat looked familiar!!! That's been her profile hat for ages.

I think I like the subtle colors more than contrasting ones.

Kelli Simone said...

The hat is fab. ALthough my head is so huge I couldn't pull it off.

I suddenly don't feel like an intermediate knitter since I have never done any of the three techniques this hat requires.

Kim said...

Love that hat! I especiaaly like you description of the corn on the cob texture of the purl stitches. So evocative! Now I want some buttery corn on the cob to eat.

Daniele said...

Love it!!

craftivore said...

Cool toque, love that word. Yours reminds me of tree rings and I like it's softer contrast. I'm having a blogiversary contest.

Romi said...

I love your version. Thank you so much for test knitting it! :)

Deborah said...

ok, that does it, i must, must, must must see you wear that in person!

Jessica said...

I wish I wouldn't look totally ridiculous in that hat. Those are some techniques I'd like to try!

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