I have been a fan of Le chandail de hockey ever since I read it in French Class in high school. This very Canadian tale by Roch Carrier of a boy denied the hockey sweater of his choice and forced to wear a sweater not to his liking has charmingly tragic proportions. When I first saw these chapeaux, knit by Iwona, I was immediately smitten. I think (in part) due to my love of this sweater- story. If you would like to investigate this bit of Canadiana further check out this beautiful animated version of the story by Sheldon Cohen.
For Christmas Iwona whipped up this patriotic project; a duo of head-warmers for her family. I could not resist copying her and making one for my Leaf-loving pal. I promised the details and here they are:
TEAM SPIRIT HAT
The main pattern came from a blog called Artemis Adormnments. It is a freely available hat pattern with a classic snowflake design. Iwona omitted the snowflake and replaced it with the blue maple leaf. The chart for the leaf was found here. Both Iwona and I were impressed by the extra stretchy ribbing on the bottom of the hat. Knitting through the back loop makes for a springiness and sturdiness that gives this hat a traditional toque-iness.
We used: Madeline Tosh DK in colour Fathom
For the white, Iwona used Berroco Ultra Alpaca , I used 2 strands held together of Dream in Colour Smooshy which makes it a completely superwash hat.
The pattern calls for 4.5mm, but both Iwona and I used a 4mm instead of the 4.5mm recommended. Both of us are looser knitters, but the pattern’s assertion that the original hat was made for a extra large head made this needle choice an easy one.
Once you pass the ribbing, the white takes up about 25 rows of stocking stitch. The Maple Leaf pattern is 20 rows, so begin it on the 3rd row of stocking stitch. Pick up again with the blue and start the decreases at about 6″ from ribbing. We made the maple leaf after the hat was done with duplicate stitch, but you could produce it with intarsia (your choice).
Then make a big old pompom if you choose and you are done!