The smell of damp wool hangs in the air around me, a direct result of my impatience and excitement.
Yarn: Valley Yarns Stockbridge in Light Grey, approx 165 yards to knit Medium size
Needles: US size 7/4.5mm circulars and double points
I finished this gorgeous beret last night, washing and stretching it out over a dinner plate to block. It’s been cool and breezy here, so I thought that it would be dry when I got up this morning. Wrong! So I moved it to a room where I could open all the windows and crank up the ceiling fan. A few short hours later, and the body of the hat is dry, but the band is still a little damp. That turns out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise.
The blocking process stretched out the body in such a way that I think it has the perfect amount of slouch without being too baggy or droopy. The dinner plate trick does little to stretch out the band, however. So I stretched and pulled things into place before stitching down the tab and sewing on the button. Now I’m wearing it so that it will stretch to be a custom fit over my own head.
The yarn was a good match here. I wanted something versatile in color so I could get a lot of use out of the hat, and knew I had some of this yarn leftover from my Baby Cables and Big Ones Too sweater. It’s a 50/50 wool alpaca blend in varying shades of pewter and silver. The slight fuzziness of the yarn works with the charm of this design to make a really special hat. In fact, I still have yarn left over. Gloves, perhaps?
The entire time I was knitting this hat, I was picturing a fun, contrasting colored button. Purple, teal, red, or black had all crossed my mind. When I started pulling button options from my ever-growing button collection, however, I was taken with this shimmery platinum button. It’s a perfect match!
I have nothing but good things to say about this pattern. Right off the bat it’s stylish and easy without being too boring. The knitting begins at the top of the hat, with just enough going on with increases and yarn overs to keep you entertained over the few hours it takes to knit. And that band is a work of genius. Bet you thought is was simple seed stitch, right? I did too! Turns out it’s a slip stitch pattern knit width-wise onto the live stitches of the hat. This keeps the band stretchy yet firm, with a beautiful finished edge.
I’ve never really worn a beret before; I was skeptical that I could pull it off. I’m still not too sure, but this hat is so cute that it doesn’t really matter! I’m off to see what other beret I might make…