Monday, 13 July 2009

Sloppy Springtime Beret

You will need:
2 x 50 balls DK weight yarn. We have used Rowan
Pure Wool DK in 007, Cedar.
1 x pair 4mm needles.
1 x pair 5mm needles.

the pattern
Using 4mm needles, CO 104 sts.
Row 1: *K2, P2. Rpt from * to end.
Repeat row 1 until work measures 4cm, ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS): *K2, P1, M1, P1. Rpt from * to end (130 sts)
Next row: (change to 5mm needles) K1, *YO, K2tog. Rpt from * until last stitch. K1.
Repeat last row until work measures 18cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
Decrease row 1 (RS): K1 *(YO, K2tog) three times. K2tog twice. Repeat from * to last three
stitches, K3. (106 stitches)
Decrease row 2 (WS): K1 *YO, K2tog. Rpt from * until last stitch. K1. Repeat this row for all
wrong side rows.
Decrease row 3: K1 *(YO, K2tog) twice. K2tog twice. Repeat from * to end. K1. (80 stitches)
Decrease row 5: K1 *YO, K2tog. K2tog twice. Repeat from * to end. K1
Decrease row 7: K1, K2tog to last stitch, K1.
Decrease row 9: K2tog to end.
Decrease row 11: K2tog to end.
Break yarn leaving a long tail. Using a darning needle, thread through the remaining
stitches and pull tight.You can now use this long tail of yarn to sew up the open seam. Sew
in your ends.
Because this is a lacy pattern, to achieve true sloppiness, we recommend that you block
the beret. To do this, dampen the hat with cold water, stretch it over a dinner plate and
leave it to dry. This should open out the lace pattern.

We finished our beret off with a row of double crochet in a contrasting colour around the brim, and some simple fabric and button flowers.

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