Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Le Beret de Rosebud

The berets -- they are everywhere! I love to wear a woolen beret in the winter, and have been wanting to knit one for myself after seeing Mo's cool tweedy one. But since I've been craving the FO, I decided to knit one for my Rosebud first, especially after seeing this one.



Pattern: Taos Beret

Yarn: Louisa Harding Kimono Angora 06 (from stash!)

Mods: I modified this pattern quite a bit -- I wanted a slouchier, poufy-er beret, so I did a second increase round (K4 M1) to eventually increase to 150 stitches total). I knitted straight for 3.5", and then sped up the decrease rounds because I was running out of yarn. I knitted the first 4 decrease rounds as called for in the pattern with a plain round between each, but then I simply knit each round as a decrease round until I got to 6 stitches total. The top of the beret would have been flatter had I spaced the decreases as called for, but I really like those sharp pleats at the top. I think it gives the beret a bit of structure.



I also added a little milky pearl button on the top, for a little flair.

One thing about the yarn: it is not stretchy at all. It is soft, but it has absolutely no stretch. I plan to thread a bit of elastic in the ribbing a la Grumperina to keep it on her head.

17 comments:

Ashley said...

How cute is taht little Rosebud? Adorable!

iSeL said...

Too cute!! :D

Mintyfresh said...

Seriously--I want to pinch her cheeks! Such a cutie.

Mary Lou said...

I've been considering a beret. I'd cast on right now if only I could look that cute!

tiennie said...

She looks so sweet and happy! Nice beret too.

Ann said...

Well, those are Rosebud's colors! She looks wonderful in your excellent beret ... hurray! An FO!

Julie said...

So cute - the beret and the child :)

Mo said...

Mouse wants a beret ... looks like she might get one soon, especially after she sees this! Couldn't be cuter. The button is a nice touch!
Plus, an FO! WooHoo!

Margene said...

Cute, cute, cute! Both the hat and the little one.

Sally said...

It's gorgeous on her, with those pretty blue eyes and pink cheeks! Again, lovely!

anne marie in philly said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwww, such a sweet girl in her new hat!

Lolly said...

Such a cutie! and the beret is very nice too ;)

Dorothy said...

She looks great with it! Very cute and I like your modifications.

Stuntmother said...

gorgeous! I love berets too and have been itching to knit one. Mmm. I want a HUGE one all flopping around like one of the All of a Kind Family.

Yours is so lovely.

carrie said...

way too cute. i just finished a beret myself that has no stretch either. i'm a little fearful that i need to add elastic, too.

Rachel said...

So adorable! I love the little button on the top -- great accent.

The Purloined Letter said...

What a great hat! Just perfect.