As winter approached I was inundated with toque requests. While searching for patterns, I was pulled in a number of unexpected directions. The first path led me to Sylvia Olsen, a great Canadian writer, storyteller, knitter and designer. I will dedicate a separate entry to her incredible work and the work of our West Coast First Nation knitters. Like thousands of other knitters on Ravelry, I happened upon the baa-ble hat by Donna Smith http://www.shetlandwoolweek.com/free-knitting-patt... (see VK 2016). Donna and her team have given me one more reason to love Scotland. While I pumped out a few hats, I was still drawn back to the Fisherman's toque. It's simple structure compliments a guy without distracting to his overall look.
I have three hat projects left before the end of winter; John Crane's Classic Family Hat published in Skacel vol. 8 Fall/Winter 2015 , Kyle Kunnecke's Four Directions hat http://www.kylewilliam.com/fou... (was designed for a workshop at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles) and Vithard Villumson's http://vithard.dk/ Scandinavian pattern, the Njord hat.
The Jacque Cousteau Hat https://www.dropbox.com/s/y8op...by Lalla Pohjanpalo is a fun pattern and looks great