Buttermilk Toque

  • A woman wearing a squishy purple cabled hat.
  • A woman wearing a purple cabled toque.
  • Two cabled hats, the same pattern but one yellow, one purple, laid on a log.
  • A marigold-coloured yellow version of the cabled hat.
  • A woman wearing a yellow cabled toque.

The Buttermilk Toque is a bottom-up hat packed with small but mighty cables and a generous helping of seed stitch for maximum texture and squishiness. Each row of the pattern repeat is easy to memorize, giving you a visually complex surface texture that’s a breeze to knit.

This pattern is for you if… You are an unabashed lover of 2×2 cables, you can’t get enough of seed stitch, and the thought of combining the two leaves you breathless.

Move along if… Lots and lots of cables are not your idea of a good time.

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Pattern Details


One size, unstretched: 19.25” / 49cm circumference; 7.75” / 20cm tall


184 yards (168 meters) / 84 grams (3oz) worsted weight yarn that shows stitch definition well. Yardage does not include amounts needed for a pom pom or folded brim, as this varies by knitter.

Sample knit in: Knit Picks Wool of the Andeas Worsted ( 110 yards/101 meters per 50 grams/1.76 oz; 100% wool; 2 skeins) in colour Indigo Heather.

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Per 4”/10cm in cable pattern, blocked: 27 stitches / 31 rows; per pattern repeat, blocked: 2.75”/7cm wide


Size A: 1 US 6/4mm 16”/40cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
Size B: 1 US 7/4.5mm 16”/40cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
Size C: 1 set of double pointed needles the same size as Size B


stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, optional: pom pom maker


knitting in the round, making knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing stitches, making cables using up to four stitches

Both charts and written instructions are provided for the stitch patterns.

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