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Warmest Winter Hat, Double Thick Toque

Knitting
June 2011
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
S/M, M/L, L/XL, Head circ. 18-26 inches
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Unisex style for any teen or adult who needs a really, really, warm hat. Warm enough to survive even winters in Winnipeg, Canada… think minus 30-40 degrees Celsius for weeks and months on end.. and that is without the wind chill. Really.

I had a hat much like this one years ago and decided to re-create it. It is made in one piece from inner crown to outer crown, then the beginning and ends are stitched together.

The upper part of your head is snug under a double layer of wool, while the head-band portion that covers your ears is double, double thick, with 4 layers for warmth and wind resistance, but it’s not bulky.

Cascade 200’s Pure Peruvian highland wool is so soft, warm and comes in a wonderful range of colours making it a natural choice for a hat such as this.

Other suitable Aran/Worsted weight yarns would work in place of the Cascade 220 shown here. Consider yarns made of alpaca, mohair, camel, angora and/or qiviut either alone or blended with sheep’s wool. Or consider adding a thread of kid mohair to the Cascade 220 for extra warmth and a bit of halo. Just think of the possibilities, and how warm you will be!

Shown in Size M/L to fit head circumference 22 inches, in colour Navy; 175g or 350 m was used to complete it. Please note that the second photograph shows the hat inside-out. Not actually reversible, but wanted to show the smooth increasing on the inner crown.

A simple knit with classic lines, this is one gift that will be most appreciated. Knit, and gift, with joy!