Fangorn Toque by Rosemary (Romi) Hill

Fangorn Toque

August 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
140 yards (128 m)
one, but easily resized
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Fangorn Toque has just a little bit of everything: stranded colorwork, lace, texture, even knitting with roving (that’s the white stripe; I used roving instead of yarn because there’s no white in my oddments box; I love it more than if it were yarn!). Fangorn is the perfect topper to move into cooler fall weather and in some climates, it’s perfect for winter too! Braids at top make this a fun wear, and even my sons think it’s sick. There are ample places to put extra colors in the border, and if you’re new to colorwork, this is a great intro. It takes one ball of Northfield for a hat with a 20” circumference at hat band, plus about one quarter of a ball of the superwash dk, and a little bit of roving. It’s easily re-sized, as the repeat is 10 sts throughout the pattern portions (both colorwork and lace), and the shaping is figured into each repeat. (note: the shawl pictured on model is Artesian - to be released 08.27.2014; it is not part of this collection.)

The hat pictured on the model has about 2 inches of negative ease. The unstretched hat band measures 20 inches in circumference (inside measurement), and the model’s head is 22.5 inches in circumference.

Read on about my project! This is the sixth pattern in an eBook subscription.

One knitter.

One box of yarn.

Endless possibilities.

Welcome to my oddments project! Everyone has them: stray balls and skeins of yarn here and there. They’re different weights and different colors. Definitely not a sweater’s worth of anything, let alone a shawl’s worth or a pair of socks. You can’t imagine what to do with them, but you don’t want to throw them away. Well, I’m no different; Kathy Elkins of WEBS sent me a box of yarn to swatch. It stared at me reproachfully and demanded my respect: riches of wool, silk, alpaca and other blends. And an idea kept niggling at my mind (for a couple of years, no less). And so I finally gave in.

This is my project: to use this box of yarn and to respect the fiber. The rules are simple: I use what’s in the box, no matter the weight and the color, no matter what the fiber content is (luckily for me, there’s some really nice stuff). I can add buttons and other little embellishments, but that’s it. I may not go out and buy other yarn or beg Kathy for anything else. I have 18 balls of yarn and my imagination. There will be 15-18 projects. Some will be easy to dream up. Others? Not so much! But fun knitting for you, all the same!

The patterns for this eBook will be delivered to subscribers within a subscription period ending November 15, 2014. There is no specific delivery time for each pattern, but look for the first pattern in mid November 2013. All patterns will have charts (if needed) and written instructions, and you will be able to make them out of oddments. These are small projects, not big ones: the perfect size for an evening or two of knitting in front of the fire or sitting on the porch sipping a lemonade! So…knitters: pull out those oddments!