Season’s Greetings!

Butchart Gardens - Tussy-Mussy decorations on one of their trees. Tussy-Mussy's are dried flower arrangements, often with messages written by the flowers! I thought that it was beautiful!

It is Christmas Eve morning, a saturday, I have tea in hand – Murchies Blackcurrant – and a busy day to contemplate.   It comes after a busy week of work, knitting and baking.

This is usually a busy week for all crafters.  We are all rushing around, trying to finish those last-minute gifts that we all think we can get done – one woman I spoke to knit 6 hats in a thirty hour marathon!  Add to that, the baking, entertaining and all of the extra social obligations that come with the Christmas season – this is the culmination of the years’ knitting and it is usually frantic for most of us.  I am no exception.

This year I have added a couple of hats to my list – just a basic toque, fold over ribbing and garter rib for the body (garter rib really is a cheater rib – one round is knit – it really speeds up the knitting)!  I just picked up my Purple Wrapsody again and I am almost at the waist!

My Tree - Decorated, lists are checked and almost everything is ready!

Earlier this week I made my Christmas Cookies and my Grandmothers Shortbread.  The shortbread is very traditional, baked in pans and then cut.  Today I’ll finish the baking with a buttertart pie and Walnut shortbread cookies.  What are your Christmas must haves?  The favorite treats, sometimes that we only have at Christmas?

Today is for prep work as well.  We have twelve for dinner tomorrow, lots of vegetables and special dishes to get ready for the big dinner – tonight we go out for Chinese food – also part of our traditions.  Today is also cleaning day!  Not my favorite activity but necessary!

Basic Worsted Ribbed Toque

I have finished off both of the hats.  I’ve used two different worsteds’ for the toques – Malabrigo Worsted hand-dyed – Pearl Ten, and Madelinetosh Worsted Superwash – Copper Penny.  They are both gorgeous.  I think that the Malabrigo is just a little bit softer, but the Madelinetosh glows.  I can’t decide which one I prefer!

The pattern below is the “Pithy” ( in the words of EZ), version.  I hope that you enjoy!  Thank-you for taking the time to read the blog, share your comments and experiences.

I hope that you Celebrate with Health and Happiness!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

Basic Worsted Ribbed Toque

Materials:  100grs, worsted yarn (samples show Madeline Tosh Worsted and Malabrigo Worsted) – 4.0mm 16 in circs for ribbing and 4.5mm 16 in circs and dpn’s for body of hat – marker for the beginning of the round.

Pattern: Worked circularly – 3 sizes – samples shown are large.

With 4.0 mm circs, cast-on 84, (96, 108) sts.   Connect into a round and work 18 rounds in (K2, P2) ribbing.  Knit one round – fold round.  Work 14 more rounds in (P2, K2) ribbing – note reversal of ribbing.

Switch to 4.5mm circs and work the rest of the toque in 2 x 2 garter rib.

Garter rib – Round 1:  Knit.  Round 2: (P2, K2), repeat all around.

Work in pattern until toque is 5.5, 6 or 6.5 inches in depth from the fold round – finishing with a Knit round.  Start the decrease rounds.

      • Round 1: *Work 9 sts in pattern, K2tog, end K1; repeat from * 7, (8, 9) times – 77, 88, 99 sts.
      • Round 2 and all even rounds:  Knit.
      • Round 3:  *Work 8 sts in pattern, K2tog, end K1; repeat from * 7, (8, 9) times – 70, 80, 90 sts.
      • Round 5;  *Work 7 sts in pattern, K2tog, end K1; repeat from * 7, (8, 9) times – 63, 72, 81 sts.

        Decrease rounds and finishing of Toque

Continue in decrease pattern as set until there are 14, 16, 18 sts left; K2tog all around – 7, 8, 9 sts.  Cut yarn, leaving a 12 tail.  Weave the yarn back through your stitches – I try to go around twice, tighten up the hole and then weave in your ends.

About letissierdesigns

Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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9 Responses to Season’s Greetings!

  1. Merry Christmas, Lynette! The hats look great. I love Copper Penny, it is such a beautiful colour.

    Thank you for all your help and support through the year. Knitting is such an immense pleasure and I am so happy to have found so many who share my newly developed passion.

    • Merry Christmas Fiona,

      Knitting is so easy to share. Thank-you for showing us your growing skills and sharing your wonderful enthusiasm for what we love so much.

      Happy Knitting in the New Year

      Lynette

  2. Merry Christmas! In Chile the big celebration is Christmas Eve, so we are cooking a big dinner and the kids are waiting impatiently to open their presents at midnight! I have been finishing off my Christmas scarves this week and now I am going to relax with my in-laws. It is so nice having a big family around for Christmas.

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas!
    Cita 🙂

    • Season’s Grettings Cita,

      So kind of you to take the time out of your Busy Day to share! My children, even in their twenties, would love to be able to open gifts at midnight – they have to wait for the morning. We never grow up!

      Familly and friends are what make Christmas so special. I hope that you have a lovely Christmas as Well!

      Lynette

  3. Renate says:

    Ho, Ho, Lynette,

    Enjoyed your blog as usual. Lovely of you to share your toque ‘recipe’. I will definitely use it.

    Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas Season and all the best in 2012.

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  5. Amy L says:

    Loved this post! We have fond memories of Murchie’s and the toque pattern is appreciated; the copper color is lovely. Congratulations on your pattern being featured in Vogue Knitting — that’s huge. btw the baby flap cap came out PERFECT, thanks for your help. Finally, what is The Retreat? Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Amy L,
      Murchies is the best! Their Library Tea is my favorite! I am glad that you like the toque pattern – it is a good basic.
      Vogue knitting has been very good to me this last year. And I have been enjoying every minute of it!
      I am so glad that your baby cap turned out. It is a cute little pattern, my go to pattern when there is a new baby.
      The Retreat – Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns has had a retreat in February for the last 11 years, this is the 12th retreat. I have taught at all of the them, first as Assisitant and now as the main teacher. Every year we try to do something a little different. This year we will cover welting and Entrelac, working the techniques into a cowl or into a mobious.
      We have anywhere from 35 to 40 attend, about 20 of them stay at the Lodge. Kiwi Cove Lodge.
      The lodge is just outside of Ladysmith on the ocean.

      I hope that you had a great Christmas.
      Happy Knitting
      Lynette

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