Knitted beret

Winter is coming so hats, beanies and berets will be on our needles , hooks and minds now. Cathy knitted her first beret in her own spun wool and alpaca and is really pleased with the result even though it had started out badly. The pattern she used just looked and felt all wrong and so she took a leaf out of Maria’s book and just unpicked what she didn’t like. That left her with the band. She then looked at various beret patterns and worked out a way of increasing and decreasing. She was knitting and purling as she  felt like it so you can do the same. This is what she did:

Round needles/dpns 3.75 and 5.00

8 ply or equivalent yarn

Using 3.75 needles cast on 102 stitches.

Purl 3 , knit one for the next rounds until you have knitted 5cm. Last stitch should be knit. Make sure you mark the first stitch.

Change to 5.00 needles and continue with the purl 3 knit one pattern for another   5cm.

The band is now 10cm wide.

Decide whether you want to knit or purl the next round. Cathy purled it.

Increase round:Knit or purl 5 stitches, increase into the next one. Knit or purl 5 stitches , increase into the next one. Continue like this until the end of the round.

Knit or purl the next row.

Now do the opposite. If it was a knit row then purl it. If it was a purl row then knit it.

Repeat the increase round.

Now you can carry on as you please until your work measures 18cm.

Decrease row: K2 tog , knit 10 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Purl or knit next round

K2 tog , knit 9 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Purl or knit next round

K2 tog , knit 8 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.

Do this decreasing until you get to knit two stitches before the slip stitch.

Knit or purl one row . Break yarn but leave a tail. Thread a needle though with the tail of wool and pull stit

ches tight and sew securely for the top of the beret.

 

 

 

 

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Great hat!

 

Marjorie came up with another great beret this week full of vibrant , autumn colours from a colourway by Brenda Coulter of the Felting Ewe . Marjorie Navajo plied the tops to ensure colour separation and to increase the richness of the colour blend. The beret looks just great and Peter did a  lovely job of modelling it for us! Just the very thing to keep stylishly warm in winter.

Show and Tell

show and tell 25th February

Plenty of lovely, well made , colourful stuff on our show and tell table this week.

John’s woven shopping bag is finished and he is working on the next one.

Wendy produced a beautifully finely spun ball of lavender tops dyed at the work shop.

Peter: the blue weaving from last week made into a large rug by Marina, and a skein warp of brightly coloured yarn ready for the next project.

Jan 3: her very finely spun cream crochet scarf finished with a lovely pearl beads edging.

Marjorie: a beret in Autumn colours, Navaho plied tops from Brenda, 2 Bionic bags in readiness for the challenge winner…

Hilary: 3 woven straps in bright cotton from the mountain Hills Tribe  community in Thailand.

Marjorie’s beret

Marjorie's beretWe really liked Marjorie’s beret. The colour combination and the softness made it really appealing. We all love making beanies but a beret tends to give a less casual and more stylish look in winter and the colours and cables can make all the difference. Unlike a beanie , a beret can be changed to suit different hairstyles and looks as you sit it on your head. From that point of view a beret is a more versatile accessory. Marjorie’s beret is made from her own hand dyed , handspun wool .

The are some free beret patterns on In the Loop Knitting.