In Canada, toque, or tuque (pronounced /ˈtuːk/), is the common name for a knit winter hat. The Canadian English term was assimilated from Canadian French tuque. Toque first appeared in writing around 1870.
The fashion is said to have originated with the coureurs de bois, French and Métis fur traders, who kept their woollen nightcaps on for warmth during cold winter days. Such hats are known in other English-speaking countries by a variety of names, including watch cap or stocking cap; the terms tuque and toque, however, are unique to Canada.” —The Canadian usage of “tuque” (via Wikipedia) (via lukees)