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1950s Inspired Christmas Toque

1950s inspired Christmas Toque1950s inspired Christmas ToqueAnother toque for another season…

I have a bunch of this lovely wool that makes images come out fairly clearly, so my next few posts will likely be me experimenting with different image designs in knitting.  I start with an idea, some graph paper and coloured pencil crayons.  Sometimes the idea changes several times within one project.  Sometimes it’s better to stick to the initial plan rather than change your mind part way through.  For this toque in particular, I wanted to use up some wool and decided on a Christmas theme.  Using up leftover wool narrows the colour choice…so it became a kind of 1950s palette.  My sister Cassie helped me with the design and shaping the stars and trees.  In retrospect I would make the stars smaller, but didn’t realize how big they’d be until I had knit many, many rows…

1950s inspired Christmas ToqueAfter finalizing a theme half-way through knitting the toque, I started wondering whether it would be better as a balaclava or tube-scarf neck-warmer.  It is super-warm worn around the neck and I fully considered it.  I will likely do something like that for my next project…

This one ended up as a kitschy toque and is cozily keeping my head and ears warm as I write this.  It’s a bit silly, a bit awesome, and mostly experimental.  The best part is taking the image you want and figuring out if it works graphically in knitting.  Weeee!

1950s inspired Christmas Toque1950s inspired Christmas Toque1950s inspired Christmas Toque1950s inspired Christmas Toque

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