After sewing Monkeychild's Alice dress, my second #VintagePledge item is a Fair Isle knit. I returned to a 1940s pattern that I had previously used to knit my friend Rachel a beret from.
It's a great pattern to knit and not complicated either; taking me just over a week from start to finish. The pattern is written and not charted and I find these type of patterns easier to follow than charts; less of a strain on the eyes too!
This was a stash buster and luckily I had some toning shades left over from other projects. These were a mix of Debbie Bliss 'Rialto 4ply' and 'Baby Cashmerino', and I still find that they're a pleasure to knit with and not coarse either.
After finishing, I hand washed it and blocked it over a plate. When wet the beret did look quite big and I was worried that it might resemble The Goodies' 'Ecky Thump' head-gear in diameter!
Happily it lost some of the size after drying and fits with just the right amount of 'flop'.
I've already started my next knitting project, which is a Fifties dolman sleeved bolero - also in a berry-red shade.
P.S. For those of you who are interested, the beret can be seen on my Ravelry page here: Knit1Monkey.