Kentish Toque Knitting Pattern Download
The Kentish Toque was inspired by an actual fashion illustration, dated 1817. As a milliner, I love all forms of hat making, and this project allowed me to combine the aesthetics of the upright toque profile with the comfort and warmth of a knitted hat.
The rosehip stitch is dense yet stretchy, allowing a good form without laborious blocking or shaping techniques, while echoing straw weaving patterns popular in the early nineteenth century. This is the anti-slouch hat: it is meant to ride high upon the wearer’s head, with a flirtatious dip forward of the crown. Play with the flowers and leaves, pinning them temporarily to the hat and then trying the hat on, until you have a pleasing arrangement. The bone structure of the wearer’s face and her attitude should be the ultimate arbiter of the exact placement of all decorative items. The gather is meant to perch fetchingly over the top arch of your eyebrow, as though you have just noticed something interesting, as so often happens in Jane Austen’s works.
The fit might seem a bit tight if you are used to slouchy hats, but the stitch pattern will conform to the wearer’s precise head shape after a couple of wearings.
Finished Size: 17½ (18¼, 19)" brim circumference, shown in size 18¼".
Yarn: Jamieson’s Shetland Heather Aran (100% Shetland; 101 yd [92.35 m] /1¾ oz [50 g]): 2 balls pine (MC), 1 ball each ivory (CC1), pippin (CC2), gingersnap (CC3), and aubergine (CC4) for all sizes. Distributed by Simply Shetland.
Needles: Size 6 (4.0 mm): 16" circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight and 2 dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle, knitting pins or knitter’s safety pins to position trim on hat.
Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4" in Rosehip st using smaller needles.
Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits Fall 2012