Trochu is a cabled toque, knit from the bottom up, and named after a small town in Central Alberta, Canada. Knit in a light worsted weight yarn and using a smaller needle gauge, this toque creates a denser fabric, protecting against the cold wind that barrels down the Rocky Mountains and whistles across the Canadian prairies in winter.
Trochu is designed to be either worn as a slouch, or with a rolled brim for a more traditional toque.
The toque should be knit with approximately 2-4” of negative ease. The sample photographed is knit in a medium and modelled on a 21” head.
This pattern includes both charted and written instructions.
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton (100% wool; 247 yards [226 meters]/100 grams); 1 skein in colour 03 Fawn; 90 [160, 200] yds (83 [147, 183] m)
Sizes: S (child) [M, L (adult)]
Finished Measurements: 13.25” [17”, 20.75”] (34 [43, 53] cm) (unstretched, after blocking)
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) 16″ (40cm) circular needles; US 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles
Gauge: 22 sts x 20 rows = 3.25” x 2.75” (8.25 x 7 cm) in stitch pattern (lightly blocked)
Skill level: Intermediate
Techniques used: Knitting in the round, cables, shifting rounds
Notions: Cable needle, stitch markers, embroidery needle