Posts Tagged 'beret'

FO: Brambles Beret

After a bit of a delay at the final hurdle, I’ve finally finished knitting, blocking AND sewing in the ends of this beautiful beret. A  darning needle was the missing piece in the puzzle, and in the end I gave in and bought a new one – I still hope to find my old favourite faithful one somewhere yet!

Anyway, enough about my domestic dramas – onto the hat… Isn’t it lovely?  This is the lovely Brambles Beret which is a free pattern available on Knitty.com.  The hat comes in three sizes, and not content to knit one of the ones available, I combined the medium band with the large body.  It was an idea blatantly copied from another Raveler’s project, along with the idea of starting the seed stitch at the cast on rather than where the body begins. I think it makes for a cute alteration, and the flow from the rib to the cables works well too.

This yarn is from my lovely magic yarn ball from Olive&Emma yarns.  I had thought I’d only get one project out of it, but I got two… The second is a sample for a new cowl pattern, but you’ll just have to wait to see that one. I need to get the pattern written up properly and onto testing before you can see it properly.

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New Patterns, and a discount

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a number of patterns. Tonight I have released two of them for sale, and they are cousins of the popular pattern, Benji.

First up is the Benji Beret. I was approached by a knitter who had made a number of Benji beanies for a newborn babies at her local hospital. She enjoyed knitting the Benji pattern but felt it would not suit her – could I tell her how to make it into something loser and more flattering? I worked up the Benji Slouch hat, but she decided a beret style would suit her better. So thus a whole set of Benji hats started to emerge…

 I made both samples from a yarn that was new to me – the lovely Rare Essentials yarn. An 80% Alpaca, 20% merino yarn in DK weight, I used around 60g for each hat, and used various contrasts: the darker hat uses a white Patons DK Merino, and the light blue hat uses Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Silver Fox.  You can use either DK or worsted weight yarn for the beret. The DK drapes beautifully, and I think this will be a very enjoyable hat to wear in the late autumn when the chill starts to set in.

The Benji Slouch Hat is the other pattern released tonight. This is a fun design that incorporates pleats that give the hat its slouchy structure. This adds a little more challenge to the pattern, but it is very achieveable all the same.

This sample is knit up in 100Purewool 3 ply worsted, undyed, with some lovely Ladybug Loops yarn variegated yarn as the contrast yarn. This was a cute, fun contrast and is bright and cheerful.

Each of these pattern are available on Ravelry, and if you would like, you are also able to purchase them together with the Benji beanie pattern as an ebook.

AND if you already own the Benji pattern, when you purchase either of these patterns you will automatically receive a 50% discount at the checkout.

 

Yarny Magic

I had the most delicious yarn delivery earlier this week. I had signed up for a Magic Yarn Ball swap, faithfully sent mine away (just a day or two late) and sat back to await my own one. I wasn’t disappointed either – Miss 3 and I opened my parcel to reveal…

A beautifully wrapped parcel. Oh, the excitement! (Oh the embarrassment, I didn’t wrap mine in anything but bubble wrap!)

And inside…

 Gorgeous 10ply hand-dyed yarn, in the most delicious shades of red. I love me a good semi-solid, and I’m such a sucker for red.

Now, the general idea with a magic yarn ball is that wrapped inside are treasures, and that you knit out each one. So, I had to cast on! I chose to cast on a hat pattern I had admired but not had a chance to knit. It is the lovely Brambles beret, a free pattern from Knitty.com. I have used some modifications that I spied in other FOs on Ravelry, so you’ll have to watch this space for the finished hat when it’s done. I’ve got a bit of other knitting on at the moment, so I’m making sure I do some on this every evening – to try to get the parcels out from inside of course!

The yarn was sent to me by the lovely Emma, from the brand new yarn dyers Olive and Emma. Emma has just opened up shop, although she has been dyeing yarn for several years for herself, swaps and the odd custom job. I’ve always admired her work, so I’m delighted to have the chance to try is out for myself.  It is super pretty so far!  You should check out her shop stocking – Wednesdays at 8pm NZ time – so, she’ll be loading stock up this evening.  She’s posted some gorgeous pictures of her work there, along with links of some knit up – I’m sure you’ll love her yarn too if you get your hands on some.

New Pattern: Lizette Beanie and Beret

I’m excited to show you the latest pattern I’ve been working on.

The Lizette Beanie and Beret pattern has been on the drawing board since last spring, but I put it aside until the weather was more suitable for woolly hats. And, once the autumn chill started to bite, I felt the need to work on hats again, just as I had imagined I would. So, I took up the pattern again and sent it out to my lovely testers. 

The pattern is a lace and cable combination – I the crisp lines that cables create, and the lace pattern is delicate yet fun to knit.  As with all my favourite lace repeats, it is easily memorised and easy to knit.  I like knitting I can relax into, where I don’t have to be poised over the pattern all the time.  If you’re like me then you will enjoy knitting this pattern.  You don’t have to be hugely experienced at lace knitting either to give this a go – an adventurous beginner lace knitter could enjoy knitting this.

I also love that you can knit a beanie or beret from the same pattern.  It started out as an experiment – but it worked, so I decided to go with it.   As you can see, it’s got sizes for a child and an adult too.  More versatility. Love that! I hope you do too 🙂

The pattern is for sale on Ravelry – and you don’t need to be a member to buy – you can just click here… <a href="buy now“>Buy Now

Snap!

I am in love. Sooo in love. Sometimes when you knit something you manage to get the pattern and yarn combo just right. I think that I managed it with this project. I teamed the gorgeous Madelinetosh Vintage yarn in Baltic with the stunning Snapdragon Tam pattern by the ever clever Ysolda. And, snap! A winning combination.

This is no easy knit. In fact I might go so far as to say it’s a pattern for at least an intermediate or experienced knitter. Nothing is difficult, just that it’s an intense knit, with travelling stitches, cables and increases and decreasing happening in practically every row once the ribbing is done. The result is a densely knit hat that will be cosy and warm. The work shows too – you can see lots happening in this hat and I think it looks like an impressive knit.  It is a well balanced, well designed pattern.

Like the previous beret pattern I knit by Ysolda, this is an incredibly well written pattern. It is an easy to follow pattern.  There is a choice between written and charted instructions. I used the written instructions, and it was simple to follow. It is the kind of pattern that is logical and you can see instantly if you have gone wrong and spot the mistake and it’s fix immediately.  Add to that the fact that it is beautifully presented and you get a huge recommendation from me. I bought the pattern as part of the book Whimsical Little Knits 2, which is available in both hard copy and as an e-book. Mine is an electronic copy, and I love several more of the patterns. There is a pair of mittens to match this hat, although I don’t intend knitting them – I’m more of a fingerless gloves kinda girl.

I used just over one skein of yarn to knit this. I knit the middle size in the pattern, and it is too big – so I should really have knit the smaller size. I threaded some shirring elastic through the ribbing and it has made the fit perfect. But it was a good reminder that I should remember to measure rather than guess in the future!

So, what more can I say than  if you grab yourself this pattern then you’ve got the perfect excuse buy this stunning yarn. 🙂

Beret Giveaway Day

The weather outside is starting to cool down here. So it seemed like a good time to offer a wintery type of giveaway.

I’ve got three copies of my new Dolce Beret pattern to give away. It comes in four sizes to fit from 2 year olds upwards, using DK weight for XS and S versions, and 10ply Worsted weight for the M and L versions. 

I also have three copies of the Calvados Beret pattern up for grabs. This is a cabled beret pattern to fit an average adult woman’s head.

And… also one lucky person will win the large size Dolce Beret pictured above and below. It is knit in 100 Pure Wool 3 ply worsted yarn in the colourway Chocolate. It is super soft and cosy. Whether it is approaching winter where you live, or whether you’re just leaving it behind, if you’re anything like me, even the coldest day can be brightened by a snuggly hand knit to shield you against the weather.  This will certainly help you achieve this!

So, how do you enter the draw? Leave a comment on this post telling me what you enjoy most about winter in the place that you live.  Whether it’s your home, your town, or your country, what is the best part? I love living where I live because of the awesome winter time views I get of the mountain that’s almost in my backyard. The last time I saw it it was totally bare. But this was it this time last year. 

So what’s your favourite part of winter? Leave a comment here by Saturday evening 10pm NZ time and you will be in the draw to win.
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Calvados Beret Pattern

It’s amazing how you can find time to do things like work on finessing a pattern for release when you’re procrastinating. This week was senior report week at school, which means about 3000 words for each class needed to be written and results entered – everything is done electronically these days.  It is certainly the sort of thing that makes you want to bury your head in the sand and do something a lot more creative.  So working on this pattern was the perfect antidote.

I loaded up the Calvados Beret Pattern onto Ravelry for sale last night.  If you have been following my blog for a while you will probably recognise the hat above from when I first knit this pattern up. The first sample was knit from the same Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed yarn as my Calvados cardigan.  This gorgeous cardigan pattern was released this week too which gave me the incentive to complete writing up my beret pattern.  The final tweaking that I did was to add more uncharts. I first came across uncharts when I was knitting up my Nightsongs shawl. There is clearly interest in uncharts in the knitting community – my blog hits make for interesting reading at times and this post still draws a handful of visitors every day.  Therefore all cable pattern is available as both a chart and an unchart, and the crown decreases are available both written and in an unchart. I hope that people enjoy the uncharts that I’ve included!

The second sample was knit in Malabrigo Worsted, and took just 65g of yarn. It is soft and deliciously floppy to wear. The pattern calls for the body of the hat to be knit on 4.5mm needles which maintains a firm fabric on the worsted weight yarn but would be suitable for Dk weight yarn too. 

Now that my reports are written and these two patterns are written up and published, I have no excuse not to be working on my Masters thesis… But watch this space for more patterns in the future, some of which are in development, some are just drawings, and others mere thoughts. In the meantime, I want to thank you for your lovely comments on the Dolce Beret pattern release.  It’s awesome to see people loading up their projects onto Ravelry and seeing the different colours and yarns and how the finished hats look – check out the gallery, there are some seriously cute projects being loaded. Keep an eye out tomorrow for a giveaway post that might see you wearing or knitting your own beret to one of my patterns – a special thankyou to you all  🙂


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