Wednesday, 18 June 2008

miss mopsy's beret

Why Miss Mopsy? No real reason. Just because the name came to me. Perhaps because I was planning on a "flopsy" beret. The photos are terrible. late afternoon in June. Cloudy day. difficulty of hiding my face and still holding camera to take photo from awkward angle. And certainly not helping was what I found to be an almost flat camera battery. these are the only possible shots from over twenty taken.

I've always liked berets and there are lots around this winter. This is my take. I'd searched patterns. Most were for much thicker yarn than I wanted to use. Some were for fingering and sock yarn on small needles. That's a lot of stitches and rows to knit. I really wanted a black beret, but decided that I' d make the first attempt in 8 ply wool. My black was pure alpaca 8 ply and i wasn't sure how the pattern would work with that.

I like what I made up, but have a few suggestions for it.

The band is great. I think I'd make the next one on 4 mm needles for the band and 4.5 for the actual hat part. I'm a loose knitter and didn't want it to be too big. A bit sloppier would be good. Either bigger needles or a longer knit in the body with the eyelets to give a bit more length.

I used Knitpicks Options circular needle, 4 mm, and went down to 4 mm double points when there were too few stitches for the circular.

So here are my specifications and my pattern.

Wool: 100 gm 8 ply (DK) wool. 100 gm. I started with a full 200 gm ball of Bendigo Classic and have well over half of that left. However, if you make the body longer, this will take more wool.

Needles: 4 mm circular needle, 4 mm dpns I suggest using the 4 mm for the band and possibly 4.5 mm for the body of the beret..

Tension: 22.5 stitches/10 cm. (4 inches)

Abbreviations: kn - knit
p - purl
tog - together
YO - yarn over

Instructions:Using 4 mm circular and cable cast on, cast on 100 stitches and join, being careful to avoid a twist in the knitting. Knit in kn 1, p1 rib for 2.5 cm. (1 inch.)

Change to 4.5 mm circular if desired.

Row 1: *Knit 1, knit front and back of next stitch. Repeat from * to end of row. 150 stitches.

Body of beret: Place marker at beginning of row and knit 10 rows.
Pattern:Next row: *Knit 2 together, YO. Repeat from * to end of row.
Knit 5 rows.

Repeat these six rows once.

Next row: *Knit 2 together, YO. Repeat from * to end of row.

If you are wanting a longer beret, do another pattern repeat here.

Knit till hat measures 10 cm (4") from cast on edge.

Begin decreases:
Next row: *kn 3, kn 2 tog. Repeat from * to end of row. (120 stitches left)

Knit around for 2.5 cm (1") from decrease row.

Next row: *Kn 2, kn 2 tog. Repeat from * to end of row. ( 90 stitches)

Knit around for 2.5 cm (1") from last decrease row.

Next row:*Kn 1, kn2 tog. Repeat to end of row. (60 stitches)

Knit around for 2.0 cm (0.75") from last decrease row.

I changed to double point needles here.

Next row: Kn 2 tog around row. (30 stitches)

Knit around a further 2 cm (0.75")

Next row: Kn 2 tog around row. (15 stitches)

Next row: Kn 2 tog seven times, knit 1. (8 stitches)

Next row: Kn 2 four times. (4 stitches)

Break yarn and use a wool needle to draw yarn end through the four stitches left. Draw up stitches, take yarn through to wrong side of hat and fasten off. Darn in ends.

An alternative ending would be to use the 4 stitches left and make an I-cord stub or a longer I-cord and tie a knot n cord at base of cord near beret.

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