Archive for March, 2012

Lavender Beret

Freshly released today, I had the pleasure of testing the lovely Tikki’s latest pattern earlier this month.  Lavender was a pattern that originated from her desire to make the perfect chemo cap for a family member. Therefore it fits, in her words “all the requirements of a sensitive scalp; the softest organic yarn possible, a gentle rolled edge on the band, slouchiness to minimise contact but yet provide warmth, and in reverse stocking stitch, so the softest side of knit fabric is on the inner.”

Here’s my version, knit in the lovely Rare Yarns Rare Essentials DK weight yarn.

It was my first time knitting with this yarn, which is a lovely blend of merino and alpaca. I used 88g, so not quite two balls of yarn. I scored mine half price too, so it was only $5 a ball – bargain!Image

I love the detailing on this pattern. Just as Tikki planned, it has a soft, super stretchy cast on, and from there it is actually worked inside out, so that you don’t have to purl the whole thing… instead you simply work stocking stitch in the round and turn it inside out when you’re done. And the detailing – the hat is called ‘lavender’ after the shape of the flowers that are created by the neat wee no-needle cables that link onto twisted rib stems. Simple and easily achieved, but very effective.

And, did I mention that this pattern is available free? You can simply follow the Ravelry link at the top of the post and download your own copy of the pattern.

After a couple of months of larger projects, it’s be super fun to get back into test knitting again. This isn’t the only test I’ve been working on  – so watch this space for more goodies – and yes, I *may* have used purple yarn for them too…Image

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