Look closely at the lace pattern on this beret, and you may see waterfalls, fountains, flowers, umbrellas, birds in flight...or whatever else your imagination can conjure. I used an organic wool yarn in a natural color, but yarn choice is another area where your imagination can run free: in the DK weight category, the possibilities are nearly endless! Just a few: Cascade Arcadia (80% cotton, 20% angora), Classic Elite Wool Bamboo (50% wool,50% bamboo), Filatura di Crosa Elen Cashmere (25% cashmere, 35% wool, 5% silk, 35% viscose), KnitPicks Swish DK (100% superwash wool), Rowan Purelife Cotton (100% organic Cotton) or Scottish Tweed (100% wool), Shibui Baby Alpaca DK (100% baby alpaca)....
Intermediate: skills required include knitting in the round and lace knitting. The beret is worked from the top down, with the option of beginning with Emily Ocker’s Cast On method, and directions are given in both charted and written form.
Diameter at widest point: 10 1/2 inches (both sizes).
S-M: 20”/51 cm unstretched; up to 24”/61 cm stretched.
M-L: 23”/58 cm unstretched; up to 27”/69 cm stretched.
(Size S-M should generally fit large child to medium adult; size M-L, medium to large adult. Shown in Size S-M.)
Yarn DK weight, 190 (220) yds. Shown in Rowan Purelife Organic Wool (100% organic wool; 137 yd [125 m]/50 gm), natural #00600, 2 (2) skeins.
Needles 1 set U.S. Size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed (dp) needles; 1 set U.S. Size 3 (3.25 mm) dp needles OR 16-inch circular needle, for ribbing. Optional: 1 16-inch circular needle, U.S. Size 6 (4 mm). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions Crochet hook for Emily Ocker cast on; marker; tapestry needle.
22 sts and 30 rows = 4” in St st.
Check gauge on blocked swatch.
Sizes S-M (M- L) are identical except for ribbing.
Click here to buy pattern ($4.50); includes charts, photos and written instructions. After purchase you will be provided with a link to download the pattern file, in pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format. As always, please email me with any questions or comments.
(For more photos, see this post.)