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Easy Knit Toque with free pattern

November 3, 2015

Easy Beginner Knit Toque with free pattern //

One of my fall goals was to learn to knit something practical so I finally ventured out of my comfort zone, learned to follow a pattern, and made something that actually turned out on my first try!

I found this pattern from London Loop Knit Lounge and thought I’d give it a try. I used her straight needle version with regular Red Heart worsted weight yarn and it turned out great. I thought it was going to be too small for me, but it actually fit perfectly when I flipped up the brim.

Easy Beginner Knit Toque with free pattern // Easy Beginner Knit Toque with free pattern //

Although I did like it, it just wasn’t quite cozy enough for me. So I headed out to Michael’s and found some chunky Hudson Bay yarn. Isn’t it amazing?! I love the stripes it naturally made and how the colors blend together. I pretty much want to make everything out of it now!

The finished toque brim measures 19″ around and 9″ from top to bottom. On my head it’s not big enough to flip the brim up, but I’m ok with that.

Easy Beginner Knit Toque with free pattern //

What you need to know (click on each for tutorials):
Casting on
Knit and purl
Knit 2 together (K2tog)
Mattress stitch

Super bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Hudson Bay)
7mm straight needles
Tapestry needle (aka a blunt needle that has an eye large enough to thread your yarn through)

What to do:


Cast on 60 stitches

Knit 2, Purl 2 and repeat on each row until you have about 2 inches or until the brim is as wide as you want it to be. Mine is 7 rows.

Remember that when you start a new row you need to follow the same stitch as you see. As in if the 2 stitches below where you are are purled, then you need to purl the 2 that will be above it to keep the ribbed look going. This is helpful for if you can’t remember what stitch you’re on!


Stocking stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side) for about 20 rows ending on the wrong side.


Always knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side.

Row 1: Knit 5, K2tog, repeat to end (60 stitches total)
Row 2: purl
Row 3: Knit 4, K2tog, repeat to end (50 stitches left)
Row 4: purl
Row 5: Knit 3, K2tog, repeat to end (40 stitches left)
Row 6: purl
Row 7: Knit 2, K2tog, repeat to end (30 stitches left)
Row 8: purl
Row 9: Knit 1, K2tog, repeat to end (20 stitches left)
Row 10: purl
Row 11: K2tog, repeat to end (10 stitches left)

Cut yarn leaving about a 30 inch tail. Thread yarn onto a tapestry needle and carefully remove knitting needle. Run tapestry needle through the remaining 10 stitches and pull tight to close.

Sew seam together using the magical mattress stitch. Seriously, the first time I did it I was so impressed at how it works. It’s some sort of wizardry! Weave the remaining tail of the yarn into the inside of the toque.

Easy Beginner Knit Toque with free pattern //

Pom pom time!
Cut a piece of yarn about 8 inches long and lay it on a flat surface.
Wrap yarn around 4 of your fingers about 80 times. The more times your wrap it the fuller your pom pom will be.
Carefully slide the yarn off your fingers and lay it on that piece of string you cut earlier.
Tie it tight! Like super tight. Then flip it over and tie a knot on the other side too.
Take your scissors and cut through all the loops.
Now give it a haircut to even it out,  but don’t cut the strings that you tied before.
Take them and thread them through the top of your toque and tie it tight on the inside. I used a crochet hook to weave it through some of the stitches and then knotted it to hold it in place.

If none of that make sense then just click here for instructions with photos.

I hope you enjoy making, and wearing, this cozy toque this winter!

Easy Beginner Knit Toque with free pattern // Easy Beginner Knit Toque with free pattern //

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  • Reply Tanya January 19, 2016 at 5:22 am

    The pattern is wrong on the first Row2. It has to be knit2, purl2. I redo the project a few times until I realized the written pattern was wrong. Thanknyou very much for sharing a pattern though.

    • Reply amyzambonin January 19, 2016 at 5:37 am

      So sorry about that, and thanks for pointing it out! I’ve updated it now with (hopefully) more explanation :)

  • Reply Stacey December 4, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I’m confused so far everything has worked out great.. except for the first decrease. If we cast on 60 stitches but in the first decrease it says to knit 5 and then 2 together and repeat ending with 60 stitches? I figured that row would end with 50 but I have 52

    • Reply amyzambonin December 8, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Stacey!
      Yes, you should have 50 stitches after the first row of decreasing and then 10 less stitches every knit row after that. I’m not sure why yours was left with 52 stitches, but I don’t think it would change the size of it much if you just knit those extra 2 together to equal it out.
      Hope that helps!

      • Reply Zarina January 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm

        That’s odd, I was left with 52 too. I when back and unnitted the last 2 single stiches and then did 2 together so it would be 50. Hope that works out ok

      • Reply Kendra March 21, 2017 at 6:22 am

        I got 52 as well, if you start with 60, on the first decrease, it mathematically impossible to end up with 50 with the pattern as written because there aren’t enough stitches to complete the last 5 knits, there are only four. So I found it actually works out to be.

        (Knit 5, K2tog) repeat 8 times, Knit 4

        I’m not really sure how to adjust it, so I might do the same, but if there is something I’m not reading right, it would be super helpful. Thanks!

  • Reply Sandy dillavou January 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    What size needles is 7mm

  • Reply Lauren January 21, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Could I do this without a pom pom and still have it look neat and professional?

    • Reply amyzambonin January 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      For sure! I only added it because I like pompoms :) Just be sure to bring the “tails” if the yarn to the inside of the toque when you’re done so it has a finished look.


  • Reply Rebekkah Stewart March 24, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Question? So after you do the first row, knit 2 purl 2, would the next row then start purl 2 knit 2??

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