A knitted hat with a small or no brim. Only in Canada.
It comes from the Middle Breton word toque, spoken by the immigrants who founded New France (now known as Québec). When I write it, I spell it as toque.
I don’t even think about it when I say it. If I’m referring to a knit hat (winter hat) I call it a ‘toque’.
My American friends call it a ‘beanie’. Calling it a toque also helps me meet random Canadians around the world.
Me in Telluride: “I wish I had worn my toque today”
Random stranger in Telluride: “Excuse me, but are you Canadian?”
Me: “Yes I am, how did you guess?” (LOL)
So without further ado, here are some of my favourite toques!!