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White Swan beret


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Colourwork Fairisle cast on Knit Purl Increasing Decreasing GAUGE 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" SUGGESTED YARN 150 yards of Sport weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Rowan fine tweed COLORWAY 367

Recommended with this pattern

  • Yarn - 150-200yards main colour
  • Yarn - 3 x 50 yards of contrast colours
  • 3mm/US 2.5 knitting needles

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Stitches Studio
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 great-grandmother, who I remember was constantly making little blankets to send to African children in need. Life intervened and I put my needles down for many years. I've recently rediscovered knitting in a big way and have been challenging myself to try new techniques. I am really excited to have started writing my own knitting patterns and dyeing yarn. You can find out more about my collaborations, dyeing experiments and knitting projects on my website, find me on Ravelry too: bchezza