Pattern of the Week: Andrea Rangel’s Boreal Toque

The Boreal Toque by Andrea Rangel has been a favorite of mine since it appeared in her first book, Rugged Knits. I love the simple stranded colorwork, the endless possible color combinations, and the beautiful yarn used in the samples shown. I also love how versatile it is; any member of my family can grab it out of the hat bin and toss it on (boy or girl).

Boreal Toque

Boreal Toque by Andrea Rangel, images ©F+W Media, Inc.

It’s not just my personal favorite. Many of you love it too! When researching the patterns to include in our best-of collection, 100 Knits, it was one of the more popular hats we selected.

The hat is knit from the brim to the crown. Many knitters tend to work stranded knitting more tightly than simple stockinette stitch. Andrea recommends using a needle two sizes larger than the size used for the brim when working the main motif section. Of course, you’ll want to swatch to both the colorwork chart and plain stockinette to see which sizes are right for you.

Boreal Toque

Boreal Toque

Pattern Details

Finished Size
Head circumference: about 20¼ (21, 22)”.
Length: about 7½ (7¾, 8¼)”.
Toque A shown on woman measures 21″ head circumference.
Toque B shown on man measures 22″ head circumference.

Sock weight (#1 super fine).
Main Color (MC): 130 (140, 150) yds.
Contrast Color (CC): 39 (50, 60) yds.

Shown here: Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yd [251 m]/50 g): colors for Toque A: old world (MC), snowbound (CC), 1 skein each; Toque B: pumpernickel (MC), hayloft (CC), 1 skein each.

Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ circular (cir) (affiliate link) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn).
Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): 16″ cir.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Markers (m); tapestry needle (affiliate link).

25 sts and 36 sts = 4″ over St st using smaller needle.
25 sts and 31 sts = 4″ over color chart using larger needle.

Which colors will you use for your Boreal Toque? I’m thinking that Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft in button jar and snowbound would look awfully nice together.

Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books

Knit your work Boreal Toque today!

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