|I used about a hank and a half|
The stats on this yarn are 87% baby alpaca, 8% acrylic and 5% other fibers and comes in 50g hanks. It is a dream to work with! I love it so much that I want my whole wardrobe made out of this stuff. It is super soft and just a pleasure to touch. I bought it when I was visiting the family at Christmas time at a yarn shop called The Wool Patch in Middleboro, MA. The owner was so nice that when I called to ask if they were open on Mondays, she said no but if I could tell her when we were going to come, she would open the shop for my mom, sister and I. What a lovely lady!
The yarn is a unique weave in that instead of it being wound, it looks braided. Here is a close-up:
|Braided rather than wound - see the silver thread?|
The beret is knit with a bubbly repeat pattern. I knitted a gauge swatch to determine my needle size, like a good little knitter.
|Bubbles (what else would you call them?)|
It took about a month to knit, I just stalled on the seaming, but it was actually done in January. I carpool to work with my honey, so on the way home I would break out the beret and knit away. It was a fairly easy pattern to knit, but I certainly did have my mess-up moments. Just be sure to count after every odd row to ensure you have the proper stitches (due to the yo's). It is well worth the time to count the stitches.
|Where I stalled out|
This beret was knit flat, from the bottom rib to the top. I used a size 8 bamboo circular needle set. Then you cut your yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the yarn onto a blunt-tip needle and weave it through the live stitches that are left on the needle and pull tight.
|Crown of the beret|
All that was left was seaming the sides together and viola! A beret!
|Roo & I trying to stay warm|
From the back, so you can see the pattern:
I like it. At first I was thinking that it was too big, but a beret is supposed to be flounced to one side. The gray color gives it a vintage feel.
|I'm going to make this my new FB pic|
I don't normally wear hats but I will try and make an effort to wear this. I worked hard on it, so I will show it off while the weather is still perfect for it.
Passez une bonne semaine!