This pattern was designed for my husband, who asked for a bright red toque after watching The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissouon a flight to Scotland. Made of springy superwash merino wool, the toque is quite long so it can be rolled up and worn like a watch cap, or pulled down to keep the ears warm in a cold wind. It would be more subtle in a darker colour like black or olive, but then the homage to Jacques Cousteau would be lost.
- Approximately 225 yd / 200m DK weight merino wool (shown in Online Linie Marly in Bold Red)
- a 16″ 4.5mm (US7) circular needle* and 1 set 4.5mm DPN [*You can start on a circular needle if you like, but you’ll need to switch to DPN once you start decreasing]
- 8 stitch markers
Gauge: 18 st=4″/10 cm in 1×1 rib. To measure gauge, stretch your swatch until the knit and purl ribs look evenly spaced (take a 2″ unstretched section and stretch it out to 3″). This stitch pattern is really stretchy anyway–if your gauges is not exact, it probably won’t make a huge difference.
CO 112 st and join to work in the round. Place marker to indicate beginning of round. Work 1×1 rib (knit 1, purl 1 to end) for 7.5″ / 20cm.
Place a stitch marker after every 14 stitches–you should have 8 markers.
Next round, work in pattern to 2 stitches before each marker. K2Tog, slip marker and continue in this manner to end.
Work one round even, in rib pattern.
Continue alternating one decrease round with one even round until you have 8 stitches remaining on your needles.
Break yarn, leaving a 4 inch / 10 cm tail. Thread yarn through a tapestry needle, draw through remaining stitches and pull tight.
Weave in ends.