French beret

Frame your face with this elegant beret. Knit it in one colour for classic vintage chic, or add a contemporary twist with stripes in bright colours.

Materials • Striped beret

One 50 g (2 oz) ball of Rowan 4-ply Soft in each of the following colours: A pink (377 Wink), C berry (374 Honk) and D aqua (373 Splash); and one 25 g (1 oz) ball of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply in each of the following colours: B bordeaux (275 Foxy) and E kiwi (272 Butterscotch) Pair of 2.75 mm (US 2) knitting needles Pair of 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles

Plain beret

Two 25 g (1 oz) balls of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed in blackcurrant (276 Radiant)

Pair of 2.75 mm (US 2) knitting needles

Pair of 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles

Sizes

• One size (to fit an average adult female head) 56 cm (22 in) circumference

Tension

26 sts x 38 rows to 10 cm (4 in) square measured over using 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles

Abbreviations beg beginning; foll(s) follow(s)(ing): K knit; M1 make 1 stitch; LH left-hand: P purl; P2tog purl 2 stitches together; rem remain(ing); rep repeat; rev st-st reversed stocking stitch: RH right-hand; RS right side: st(s) stitch(es):WS wrong side

Designer's note

When pressing your beret, cut a disc of card approximately

27 cm (11 in) in diameter, slip it inside the beret and press according to the instructions on the ball band of the yarn used. This will help to maintain the shape of the beret.

The hats to make

Striped beret

Using 2.75 mm (US 2) knitting needles and yarn A, cast on 146 sts.

Change to yarn B.

Work a further 7 rows in rib as sts set.

218 sts.

Change to 3.25 mm (US 3) needles. Beg with a purl row, work 20 rows in rev st-st stripe pattern as foils:

2 rows C, 2 rows A, 1 row D, 1 row B, 1 row A, 1 row E, 2 rows B, 1 row E, 1 row A, 1 row B, 1 row D, 2 rows A, 2 rows C, 2 rows B. Keeping 20-row rev st-st stripe pattern correct throughout, work a further 8 rows. 28 rows rev st-st worked in all. Shape crown

Next row (RS): [P4, P2tog] to last 2 sts, P2. 182 sts.

Work 13 rows in pattern. Next row: [P3, P2tog] to 146 sts.

Work 5 rows in pattern. Next row: [P2, P2tog]to 110 sts.

Work 3 rows in pattern. Next row: [PI, P2tog]to 74 sts.

Work 3 rows in pattern. Next row: [P2. P2tog]to Work 1 row in pattern. Next row: [P2tog] to last st. 28 sts. Work 1 row in pattern. Next row: [P2tog] to end. 14 sts. Break off yarn, run yarn through rem sts, draw up and fasten off. To match stripes neatly, sew up seam using mattress stitch.

last 2 sts, P2. last 2 sts, P2. last 2 sts, P2. last st, P2. 56 sts.

Plain beret

Using 2.75 mm (US 2) knitting needles, work picot cast-on as foils: *Cast on 5 sts, cast off 2 sts, slip st on RH needle back onto LH needle* (3 sts now on LH needle), rep from * to * until 144 sts on needle, cast on 2 sts. 146 sts Now complete as for Striped beret, working in one colour only.

Materials • Blue hat

Two 50 g (2 oz) balls of Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Aran in sky (770 Ice)

Pair of 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles Two 4.5 cm (1^ in) and five 3.5 cm (1/ in) pom poms made using one 50 g (2 oz) ball of Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Aran in navy (629 Mariner)

Sizes

  • Small (to fit child aged 5 upwards) 46 cm (18 in) circumference
  • Medium (to fit average adult female head) 56 cm (22 in) circumference

Tension

24 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm (4 in) square measured over rib pattern using 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles

Two 50 g (2 oz) balls of Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Aran in camel (766 Soft Camel)

Pair of 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles

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