I very much dislike counting stitches, which I know limits the difficulty of patterns I knit. At this point though, I like to knit in the passenger seat of the car and my husband appreciates if I can have conversation while doing so :) SO, I use approximate measurements like inches, fingers and palm-widths vs rows and stitches. Here is how I knit a basic toque (approximately ;) )
Cast on 60 stitches. Knit 1/Purl 1 for an inch and half to make the band. Then just plain knit stitch for the remainder of the toque, beginning to decrease when the toque is a palm width above the band. Decrease every 15 stitches (so you'll have a 4 point pattern form at the top of the toque) until it is too tight to make another stitch, then cut the yarn and weave the tail end of the yarn back through. Pull tight, knot the yarn tail and throw a pom pom on top!
I gifted this toque to a friend of mine with lots of big, beautiful curly hair and it fit her head as perfectly as it fits my flat head of straight hair :) So there you go, that's this toques official size: flat-to-big hair. (Also, I promise I only wore it to snap this photo, I promise I don't gift worn-in knit goods haha!)
So many knitting posts lately, can you tell it is still Winter? Although the season isn't what's keeping us inside, there are so many great outdoor activities to get us through the cold, dark days! Our household has caught another flu bug (fourth time since Christmas, I think we have had less healthy days than sick ones!). It's frustrating, but that's life with a busy, social little one and OH BOY is she going to have one heck of an immune system ... eventually.
So we snuggle, we knit, and - lets be honest - we cry our way through it.
Pray for us, sweet friends, while getting your Winter knit on!