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Child's Toque
Free Knitting Pattern
by KarensVariety.com

Size: 8 years
Materials: 2 ozs crochet wool (close equivalent is 4-ply fingering (knitting worsted)
1 set of 4 No. 10 knitting needles
Abbreviations:
 K  knit
 P  purl
 M1  make one stitch by knitting into front and back of stitch
 st(s)  stitch(es)
 psso  pass slipped stitch over
 in(s)  inch(es)
 tog  together
Tension: 7 1/2 sts, 10 rounds = 1 square inch

Knit a warm toque for a boy or girl around 8 years old, in a cable pattern with or without a pom pom.

Ribbed Band
Cast on 108 sts (36-36-36). Join.
Work in ribbing (K1, P1) for 4 inches.

Increase for Crown
Rnd 1: * K8, M1 (by knitting into front and back of stitch). Repeat from * 11 times (120 sts on needles).

Rnd 2: * K9, P2, K8, P2, K9. Repeat from * 3 times.

To Make Pattern
** Rnd 1: * K9, P2, K8, P2, K9. Repeat from * 3 times. Repeat last round 6 times.

Rnd 8: * K9, P2, Slip next 4 sts on to a spare needle and place at back of work. K 4 sts from left-hand needle on to right-hand needle. Slip the 4 sts from spare needle back on to left-hand needle, then knit them on to right-hand needle (1 cable twist). P2, K9. Repeat from * 3 times.** Repeat from ** to ** twice (24 rounds of pattern)

To Shape Crown
Rnd 1: * K7, K2 tog. Pattern 12 sts, K2 tog, K7. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 2: * K8. Pattern 12 sts, K 8. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 3: * K6, K2 tog. Pattern 12 sts, K2 tog, K6. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 4: * K7. Pattern 12 sts, K7. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 5: * K5, K2 tog. Pattern 12 sts, K2 tog, K5. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 6: * K6. Pattern 12 sts, K6. Repeat from * 3 times.

Continue decreasing in this manner 8 sts every 2nd round. (1 st each side of the 12 pattern sts) until there are 8 decreasings from beginning (56 sts on needles).

Rnd 17: * S1, K1, PSSO, P1, K8, P1, K2 tog. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 18: * K1, P1, K8, P1, K1. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 19: * S1, K1, PSSO, K8, K2 tog. Repeat from * 3 times.

Rnd 20: Knit.

Rnd 21: K2 tog, 20 times.

To Finish
Break wool, draw through remaining sts. Draw up tightly. Fasten securely on wrong side. Turn ribbing back for 2 inches. Sew a pom pon to the top if you wish.

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