Seamless Alpaca Beret »
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Mod, Casual, Funky, Cute
Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends (bulky wt.)
What was your inspiration?
I am attempting to use up my stash (oh my) and make hats to be given away. I love creating easy to knit (in-the-round) hats, but I don't generally create too many for adults, and I wanted this one to be for teens or adults. I loved the way it looked when it was finished, so after the gray one I knit one in pink as well.
What are you most proud of?
I love how this hat fits and how the pattern worked out so well. It will make a great cold weather hat and is so soft and warm.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Not all bulky weight yarns are created equal!!! That goes for all yarn in general. The pink beret and the gray beret are different thicknesses although both are classified on the label as bulky. I blocked both to be the same size. I washed them by hand in cold water, laid out a couple of towels, stretched both to the same finished measurements, laid another towel on top, and allowed them to dry. Truly, I believe blocking is optional on most of the items I knit. I'm mostly a machine wash and either machine dry or air dry for most of my hats.
This beret is an easy knit-in-the-round project. It uses only knit and purl stitches to create the pattern. If you are a beginning knitter wanting a project beyond scarves and dishcloths, this would be the next step. If you've never knit in the round, you will probably love it. Nothing beats a seamless, no sew, no graft project!
If you are not familiar or comfortable with the "magic loop" technique when decreasing, simply use double-pointed needles as the stitches get too tight to continue on the circular needle.
Clicking on Pattern will direct you to Ravelry.com where I have this pattern listed. It is also available on Etsy.com. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!