Saturday, September 19, 2009

Beret pour vous?

The second beret of this design is finished and being blocked with a dinner plate inside.

This is the underside with the spiral decreases visible.
The miters and right triangles which make up the second round of squares, and the stitches on a circular needle which were picked up along those same squares.

Before blocking the small center ring of squares sit up like the top knot of a turban squash, but they relax and flatten out after the hat is blocked.

For those of you familiar with mitered squares, just looking at the pictures will be enough to figure out this hat. (More Mitered Square info can be found here) But if you want details here they are.
1. The smaller mitered squares are 13 sts to start and the larger are 25sts to start.
2. Make the first eight small squares.

These eight squares are joined with a three needle bind off and then stitches are picked up along the tops of each square.

3. The very top part (orange with knot) are stitches that were picked up from that ring, equally (16 each) onto three double pointed needles, 48 sts. Then decreased like the toe of a sock, k1, SSK*, K to last three sts, k2tog, k1 at end of each needle. When 3sts remain, make an I-cord and knot it.
SSK*=slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, insert left needle into front of those 2 sts and K2tog

4. The ring of garter stitch is next, with 48 sts picked up from around the initial squares ring and increased equally until reaching 96 sts.
5. Begin second round of mitered squares: Cast on 13 stitches and continue the square with the first 12 stitches in the garter ring, making a 25st mitered square. Then pick up 13 stitches along the left edge of square and garter stitch the triangle (k2tog at the beginningof each right side row). Continue by picking up 13 sts along left side of triangle to start the next miter, with 12 sts from the sts on needle (ring sts)
Make eight sets of squares with triangles and join with a three needle bindoff.
6. Pick up 192 stitches along squares/triangles for the remainder of the beret, and divide evenly into eight sets of 24 sts, place marker at these points and k2tog after each marker every round, until 96 sts remain.
7. K1p1 for 1.5 inches, bind off loosely.
The yarn is Koigu and needles were 3.25mm dpns and circular. The ribbing was done with 2mm dpns.


  1. That is way cool. I love it. You should submit it to a magazine.

  2. Yes! You definitely should. Love it!

  3. I love this hat!! Makes we wish I could knit...LOL

  4. Pretty, pretty, pretty beret. I've never seen one like that! I see a show entry in your future.

  5. This is fabulous! Wish I understood your directions, but my knitting skills only encompass socks.

  6. Thank you so much for this pattern. I am now thinking this is an excuse to develop a yarn stash so that I can have leftovers...

  7. Really a beautiful pattern. I may try it, even though it looks a little daunting to me.

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