Posts Tagged ‘hat’

Happy Canada Day

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Look up this weekend, way up!  Expect to see one of the most spectacular firework displays, bigger and brighter than ever before, as communities gather in a sea of red and white.  If there was ever a year to celebrate, this is it, as Canada turns the big 1-5-0 on July 1st!  Whether you are hosting a backyard bbq for family and friends or heading out to join in the festivities at one of the nationwide events, it’s the perfect time to flash your colours and show off your Canadian pride.

Happy Canada Day from all of us at Diamond Yarn!



 Celebrate in style with our cool classic Peaked Leaf Cap ready to knit in comfortable worsted weight cotton with a crocheted sun visor.

Finished Size: Womens Medium

Yarn: MC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 3635, and CC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 8001

Needles: 4.00 mm/US 6

Hook: 4.50 mm/ US 7

Tension: 20 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 90 sts with MC.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 3 rows, inc 1 st on last row = 91 sts.

Work 2 rows in st st.

Continue in st st working Intarsia CHART, using CC as leaf motif over centre 17 sts.  When CHART has been completed, cut CC and continue in MC only until work measures 11 cm/ 4 1/2 in ending with a purl row.



Shape Top:

Row 1- K1, [k9, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 and alt rows- Purl.

Row 3- K1, [k8, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 5- K1, [k7, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 7- K1, [k6, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 9- K1, [k5, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 11- K1, [k4, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 13- K1, [k3, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 15- K1, [k2, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 17- K1, [k1, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 19- K1, [k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2 = 11 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and secure.

Sew side seam.


With 4.50 mm hook and double strand of MC, attach yarn to 32nd st along cast on edge.

Row 1- Ch2, 1 dc in each of next 25 sts, turn.

Row 2- Ch2, dc2tog, [FPdc (work 1 dc around front of next dc), BPdc (work 1 dc around back of next dc)] rep to last 2 dc, work dc2tog, turn.

Row 3- Rep Row 2.

Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

Toque On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

We all know things are better in threes, so that is why we have added another toasty warm accessory to our popular On The Rocks series which celebrates the great outdoors in true Canadian fashion.  To top off the trio in cosy style, this tweedy toque is knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted for one more surprise pattern next week……




Size:                                       Adult Medium

Finished Width:                  51 cm/ 20 in

Yarn:                                          1 ball MC- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 100)

1 ball A- Sirdar Click Chunky 50g (col. 142)

1 ball B- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 109)

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 8 double point set, and 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 60 cm/ 24 in circular

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 80 sts in A.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

6 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

19 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Continue with MC, knit each round, dec 8 sts evenly across 1st round = 72 sts.

When work meas 13 cm/ 5 in from top of ribbing-

Shape Top:

NOTE: Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.

Round 1- [K6, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Round 3- [K5, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 4- Knit.

Round 5- [K4, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 6- Knit.

Round 7- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 8- Knit.

Round 9- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 10- Knit.

Round 11- [K1, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 12- [K2tog] rep to end.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and sew in end.

Pom Pom:

Make a 8 cm/ 3 in pom pom with one strand of A and B held together.  Attach to top of hat.

Download the pattern here.


Design by: Michele Meadows


Woodsman Tuque

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Standard winter gear for men includes a wool hat, which quite literally tops the list by keeping the heat in and the cold out.  As synonymous with Canadian culture as Tim Hortons coffee is, our official winter hat is affectionately known as a ‘tuque’, and has a long history in the spotlight.  With or without a pompom, a tuque is a stretchy knitted hat with a turn back brim which fits closely to the head and tapers gradually at the crown.  It may have been hockey legend, Jacques Plante, who brought it to the forefront during the 1950’s.  While he was the first goalie to don a mask on the ice, he was also known for hand knitting his own collection of tuques which he could frequently be seen wearing under a mask during games.  But it was the beer-chugging duo who first appeared in the 80’s as Bob and Doug McKenzie, on the ‘Great White North’ series who truly created a cult following and will fondly be remembered for their comedy sketches that played upon Canadian stereotypes all the while proudly sporting their winter tuques.

If you are looking for a man’s tuque that knits up quickly in a nice thick rib, stretchy enough to fit any size head, and looks rugged with the durability to last season after season through any type of outdoor work or play ………then this one may become your new go-to hat pattern.


Click Chunky by Sirdar is one of our most popular easy care wool blends with a rustic palette consisting of more than thirty-five heathered, marled, flecked, and solid shades.  Clockwise from top right- Gull Grey, Camo, Indigo, and Flannel Grey. Pick your colour and join in the Canadian tradition of knitting a winter tuque.



Size: Men’s (Very Adjustable Fit)

Needles: 5 mm/US 8

Yarn: 2 balls Sirdar Click Chunky col. Pigeon (shown above)

Tension: 16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/4 in over Pattern St.

Cast on 78 sts.

Row 1: [K2,p2], rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2: [P2, k2], rep to last 2 sts, p2.

Repeat the last 2 rows until work measures 23 cm/9 in, ending with a Row 2.

Shape Top:

Row 1: [K2tog, p2tog], rep to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 2: [P1, k1], rep to last st, p1.

Rows 3 to 6: Work in ribbing as set.

Row 7: K1, [k2tog], rep to end.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: [K2tog], rep to end = 10 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts, tighten and secure.

Sew side seam reversing seam for fold back brim.

Design by: Michele Meadows