Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mohair Beret

(I'm not blinking --it was just really bright outside!)

Mohair Beret Pattern

This hat is very comfortable, and very light. I made mine large enough to hold my hair and cover my ears, so its loose-fitting. This pattern will make a hat with the headband about 22 inches around.

I had some yarn leftover from when I made my mom’s scarf, and randomly saw someone’s beret, and thought it was a great idea. I couldn’t find any mohair beret patterns online, so I created my own, and thought I’d share; enjoy!

You will need:
Size 3, (3mm) needles, either circular or 2 sets of double-pointed needles.
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Yarn: I used Patons lacette, fine. My hat took one skein at 1.75 oz; 235 yds.
Gauge: 2 inch square = 15 sts, 20 rows in stockinette

Using size 3 needles, cast on 96 sts (I recommend the slingshot method for circular work) Work in K2, P2 rib for 7 rows.

Row 8: k1,M1 along the whole row

K every row for 3.5 inches (about 34 rows)

First decrease row: k2 tog, k 11 repeat to end, placing stitch markers at each decrease stitch

K5 rows evenly,

Second decrease row: k2tog, k 10 (you should be decreasing at the stitch markers)

K 5 rows evenly

Dec: k2tog, k 9

K4 rows evenly

Dec: k 2tog, k 8

K 4 rows evenly,

Dec: k2tog, k 7

K4 rows evenly

Dec: k2tog, k 6

Continue decreasing every 4th row until 6 sts remain. Cut the yarn with at least a 6 inch tail. Use the tapestry needle to run the yarn tail through the 6 sts and draw sts together. Secure the yarn, and sew in ends.

Now where your new hat in style!

Please let me know if there are any errors or disparities, and I’ll try to clarify!

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