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
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.
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