September 22, 2006
I love a beret! Or, 1 down, 3 to go...
Christmas started in September this year over here at chez Mind of Winter. I have realized that if I wait until I am in the mood for knitting Christmas presents there really isn't sufficient time to finish them all, and it becomes a chore to try to cram them all in at the last minute. This year I have six items that I'm making for family for Christmas. This may sound like a lot, but the family, it is big, so six is pretty minimal. Since my side got knitted gifts last year, this year I'm hooking up part of Moxie's family. It is simply not possible to hook up all of Moxie's side in one Christmas. That would make it not fun, and fun is really an essential part of the Christmas knitting spirit. The best part is that I don't have to finish anything, because all the gifts are for people who have stopped growing, so they'll keep. Plus I never let anyone believe that I am knitting a Christmas gift so that the pressure is off. Ah, the things we do to keep ourselves from procrastinating.
I feel so positively French.
The first knitted items on Santa's list this year are four berets. Which means a beret a month until the BIG DAY. I was inspired by this lovely beret, which was a knit cafe store model for about two seconds, before Suzan generously allowed me to keep it. (This might have had something to do with the fact that I kept trying it on and sighing "It's perfect.") The pattern is the beret designed by my friend Kat Coyle for Greetings from Knit Cafe. The yarn for this one is Katia Gatsby, which Knit Cafe carries in abundance, and which I plan to use in two of the four berets.
Here's the first one, which I just finished, in Valentina di Roma's Angora Print, an expensive little confection that I really enjoyed working with:
If you want to appear cold, bundle up, look serious, and pretend to be sipping hot tea!
I'm going to leave project notes on this one until all the berets are done, but I can say this: there are no mistakes in the pattern, it is simple and fun to execute, and the results are great. You might want to take the rim out a little further than the original if you are knitting, as I did, with a yarn that does not drape. The original and the Gatsby version are drapey, so the pattern is perfect for them. It works well for the angora, but it could be a teensy bit drapier and a wider circumference might accomplish that. I used US 3 needles and exactly three skeins of this yarn, which has rather limited yardage (55 yds/skein). Other than the snippets cut off from yarn tails, there was less than a yard left.Posted by Julia at September 22, 2006 07:52 AM
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