I can’t think of an accessory more ubiquitous at this time of year than a plain ribbed toque. With a turned-up brim, worn pushed back on yer head to create some stylish slouch, or – as my co-worker Elaine has explained to me her husband prefers – “just long enough to cover the ears, no more, that’s the only way he’ll wear a hat”.
The ribbing ensures a stretchy hat that will fit close to your head and resist chilly winds, and is mindless enough for travel/TV knitting. (Also an excellent opportunity to try out the continental knitting method if you haven’t yet – it makes switching the yarn between back/front much faster!) So in honour of this toasty cold-weather accessory, and all who wear them, here’s a pattern for one in worsted weight!
Classic Ribbed Toque
Baby (16-18”) (Child (18-20”), Adult Small (20-22”), Adult Large (22-25”))
Keep in mind that the ribbed texture makes the hat incredibly stretchy, so it will provide a close fit even if it’s a bit too big/small.
- 100g of worsted weight yarn, 5 stitch markers, yarn needle for weaving in ends
- 4.5mm circular needles/DPNs (whatever needle type is required for your preferred circular method – 40”/100cm for magic loop, or 16”/40 cm + DPNs, etc) If you are a tight knitter, I recommend going up to a 5mm.
In my example I used Rowan Pure Wool Superwash in their tonal colour Olive, on 24”/60cm US7/4.5mm Knitter’s Pride Cubics, pulling excess circular wire out when the hat started to decrease. I made the large adult size and had 18g leftover.
ssk: Slip two stitches from the left needle to the right as if you had knit them, slip both back to the left needle as if purling them, knit them together through their back loops as if they are one stitch.
k2tog: Knit two stitches together as if they are one stitch.
s1k2togpsso: Slip one as if to knit, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog you just did.
CO 64 (72, 80, 88) stitches. Join in the round, careful not to twist. Place marker indicating the start of your round.
Round 1: *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat from * to * til the end of the round.
Work in established K1, P1 ribbing for 6.5(8.5, 9, 11) inches, slipping the beginning marker as you come to it.
- This length assumes you want a ‘brim’ to fold up and cover the ears, or worn long for a ‘slouchy’ style hat. Feel free to customize the hat by knitting the plain ribbed tube longer or shorter!
Note: Instructions with * * indicate that the section within * and * is repeated four times per round. The Adult Large size begins at Row 1, Adult Small at Row 3, Child at Row 5, Baby at Row 7. Begin at the row for your size and follow the decrease instructions to the final row, Row 16.
Row 1: *PM (place marker), ssk, (k1, p1) 8 times, k1, k2tog, PM, p1* (80 stitches)
Row 2: Knit in pattern, slipping all markers as you come to them: *K1, (k1, p1) 8 times, k2, p1*
Row 3: *SM (slip marker), ssk, p1, (k1, p1) 7 times, k2tog, SM, p1* (72 stitches)
Row 4: Knit in pattern: (k1, p1) to end
Row 5: *SM, ssk, (k1, p1) 6 times, k1, k2tog, SM, p1* (64 stitches)
Row 6: Knit in pattern: *k1, (k1, p1) 6 times, k2, p1*
Row 7: *SM, ssk, p1, (k1, p1) 5 times, k2tog, SM, p1* (56 stitches)
Row 8: Knit in pattern: (k1, p1) to end
Row 9: *SM, ssk, (k1 p1) 4 times, k1, k2tog, SM, p1* (48 stitches)
Row 10: Knit in pattern: *k1, (k1, p1) 4 times, k2, p1*
Row 11: *SM, ssk, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2tog, SM, p1* (40 stitches)
Row 12: Knit in pattern: (k1, p1) to end
Row 13: *SM, ssk, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, SM, p1* (32 stitches)
Row 14: *SM, ssk, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, SM, p1* (24 stitches)
Row 15: *SM, ssk, k1, k2tog, SM, p1* (16 stitches)
Row 16: *remove marker, s1k2togpsso, remove marker, p1* (8 stitches)
Break yarn, weave through remaining stitches, pulling the yarn to bring the stitches together and close the hole. Weave it in on the inside of the hat. Weave in any other ends. Promptly stick on a loved ones’ noggin and wallow in their endless praise.