Buttermilk Toque by Elizabeth Lubowitz

Buttermilk Toque

October 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in charted cable pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
165 - 200 yards (151 - 183 m)
one size
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The Buttermilk Toque is a bottom-up hat packed with small but mighty cables and a generous helping of seed stitch for maximum texture and squishiness. Each row of the pattern repeat is easy to memorize, giving you a visually complex surface texture that’s a breeze to knit.

This pattern matches the Buttermilk Cowl.

This pattern is for you if… You are an unabashed lover of 2x2 cables, you can’t get enough of seed stitch, and the thought of combining the two leaves you breathless.

Move along if… Lots and lots of cables are not your idea of a good time.

184 yards (168 meters) / 84 grams (3oz) worsted weight yarn that shows stitch definition well.

Yardage does not include amounts needed for a pom pom or folded brim, as this varies by knitter.


  • 1 US 6/4mm 16”/40cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
  • 1 US 7/4.5mm 16”/40cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
  • 1 set of US 7/4.5mm double pointed needles, or size necessary to obtain gauge
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • optional: pom pom maker

One size, unstretched:

  • 19.25” / 49cm circumference
  • 7.75” / 20cm tall


  • Per 4”/10cm in cable pattern, blocked: 27 stitches / 31 rows
  • Per pattern repeat, blocked: 2.75”/7cm wide


  • knitting in the round
  • making knit and purl stitches
  • increasing and decreasing stitches
  • making cables using up to four stitches

Both charts and written instructions are provided for the stitch patterns.

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