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Birch Beret


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Beginners garter stitch slouchy beret "A classic beginners' stitch showcased in a great staple yarn with just the right proportions certain to become an 'essential' for the season. Once you've mastered this easy shape, experiment with colour blocking and stripes" - Jo Storie Sizes available to fit: Adult - Circumference - 50cm (20in) Child - Circumference - 45cm (18in) Knitted measurements approx: Circumference Adult - 61cm (24in) Child - 52cm (20in) Diameter Adult - 32cm (12in) Child - 26cm (10in) Yarn amount 1 ball = 100g (approx 110m / 120yds) You will need (approx): Child size - 1 ball / 95g (105m / 114yds) Adult size - 1.5 balls / 150g (165m / 180yds) BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY This is a project for first-time knitters using basic knit and purl stitches, and simple shapings. GAUGE 13 sts x 18 rows to 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) in garter st using 7mm (US10.5 - 11) needles. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Two sizes - adult and child - see pattern description for details.

Supplies Needed

  • Approx 105-165m (114-180yds) Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky 100% undyed wool - we used mid-brown Jacob.
  • one pair each of 5.5mm (US 9) and 7mm (US 10.5 - 11) straight needles
  • a tapestry needle for sewing up

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Jo Storie Hand Knits
Jo Storie Hand Knits
I've been involved in knitting for many years, having graduated with a first class degree in knitted textiles from the Scottish College of Textiles. My early career saw me working as a knitwear designer, firstly in London for well-known cashmere brands Tse Cashmere and Ballantyne Cashmere - and then moving to New York and working as senior designer and design director for high profile labels - J. Crew, The limited and Ann Taylor. When I returned to Scotland in 2004 I launched my own knitwear label 'Jo Storie Hand Knits' and in 2011 launched the first set of patterns from my knit wear collections. These patterns are for garments and accessories that I've designed with a Modern Heritage feel using traditional stitches updated in contemporary silhouettes. My own website has downloadable versions of patterns to buy, plus my blog and you can sign up for my newsletter - you can find all this at I also have photos on flickr - You can also follow me on social media as @jostorieknits on Twitter and Instagram. Like me on facebook @jostoriehandknits