Revolution Toque by Talena Winters

Revolution Toque

December 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
135 - 207 yards (123 - 189 m)
Five sizes from Infant to Adult Large (15"-26" head)
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Red and Black--a winning combination!

Inspired by the Liberty Caps of the French Revolution, this striking toque would look amazing with many colour combinations. It can be worn inside-out or outside-in to make black or red (or your two colour choices) the more predominant colour. This is the perfect way to start knitting brioche! You never know--it just might start you on a knitting revolution!

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. You do not have to know how to knit brioche, as it is explained in the pattern.
FORMAT: Adobe PDF File
SIZES: Five sizes, ranging from Infant (15” head) to Adult Large (up to 26” head)
STYLE VARIATIONS: Inverse-Colour Brim, Matching-Colour Brim, and Brimless
TUTORIALS: A full glossary and schematic are included. The brioche stitches also have definitions and photos showing what they look like.
SKILLS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS PATTERN: Knit, purl, knit cast-on, make a gauge swatch in Stockinette Stitch.
PATTERN REQUIREMENTS: 1 50g/3.5 oz (100.6 m/110 yds each) worsted-weight ball each of two contrasting colours of a natural fibre yarn (Brioche does not work well with 100% synthetic fibres; I used “Knit Picks Swish Worsted”); 3.5 mm (US 4) double-pointed needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; yarn needle.

Since writing this pattern, I have found that the 2-Colour Long-Tail Cast On works quite nicely for a beautiful starting edge. You can find the free tutorial here:

Happy knitting!