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I have made a living putting magazines together for over 15 years. But I also love my camera, and my yarn and paints.

I learned to knit and crochet as a young girl from my mother and ...

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White Swan beret

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : White Swan beret
White Swan beret
White Swan beret
White Swan beret
White Swan beret

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Colourwork
  • Fairisle
  • cast on
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increasing
  • Decreasing

Pattern Description:

This beret is based on a vintage Fairisle hat that I own - it had so many complements over the years that I thought I would create my own version.

This blue/grey version is one I made for my grandmother Sheila (she comes from a long line of knitters and lacemakers herself). The main colour is knit in Rowan fine tweed, which gave a beautiful light, nubby texture and is very, very soft. The fairisle pattern band is Briggs & Little Durasport that I hand dyed with natural plant dyes - but this yarn comes in a number of jaunty colourways if you want to have a go at knitting it and didn't fancy dyeing your own.

A yellow version with pink and purple colourwork is also shown - this one is knit entirely from Briggs & Little Durasport.


25/26 sts = 4 inches/10 cm in stocking/stockinet st
(hat is blocked into shape)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • adult - hatband is a stretchy 22"


  • Yarn - 150-200yards main colour
  • Yarn - 3 x 50 yards of contrast colours

You Will Also Need:

  • 3mm/US 2.5 knitting needles
  • OR a circular needle in this size

Suggested yarn:

150 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Rowan fine tweed



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