Sunday, 3 April 2016

#VintagePledge 2016 - Berry Beret



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!

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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.


28 comments :

  1. Love that beret. I have that pattern too, think I might have to go and dig it out. Love the colours, especially the main colour
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks Julie. It was lucky that I had those colours in the stash and that they go well together. I thought that splash of lime green would give it a bit of 'ompf'!

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    2. Certainly does, I think its gorgeous

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  2. I love berets...and have several, none as gorgeous as this though. You are SO clever and look how neat the reverse is. Laughed at your reference to Ecky thoomp! X

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    1. Thanks Fiona :-) I just couldn't resist adding The Goodies reference!

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  3. Brilliant make and I love the style of the jacket.
    xx

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    1. Yes, its a lovely style and it looks like it'll go with a few of my summer dresses. In fact, if it turns out okay and looks good on, I might be tempted to make another one.

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  4. Oh I am mega impressed with your beret it's wonderful. You are clever xx

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    1. Thanks Lynn. I'm surprised at how quickly it knitted up as I'm usually a slow knitter

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  5. That's a great beret, especially the choice of colours, very 'Railway Children'floppy and so neat on the inside. Have to confess I've never knitted in the round with double pointed needles, I've always spent ages changing the pattern to two, just at a loss otherwise, though I'm sure it would be a lot easier and no seam to sew up.

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    1. Oh, I love 'The Railway Children' - one of my favourite films! You should have a go at using double-pointed needles, Woolly. I find that casting on and knitting the first few rounds can still be a bit trying, but its worth it for not having to seam. You could try casting on the stitches on a straight needle first, then slipping them onto the dpns. This makes things a bit easier. If you do try, let me know how you get on.

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    2. That's a good idea, I might have a go, thank you.

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  6. It looks great, I love those colours. I've just knit a very similar one actually, must get it up on the blog! :)

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    1. Great minds eh, Elise ;-) I'll keep an eye out for yours

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  7. Oh, super! Those are really nice colours that you've chosen. I love my Fair Isle beret; the colours go with so many other outfits. I bet you'll get loads of wear out of yours.

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    1. I wasn't sure about the green and blue shades at first as I thought that might blur into each other, but I was pleasantly surprised how well they went together once I started knitting with them.

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  8. Oooh its gorgeous, even the inside looks pretty! Love the colours you have chosen so cheerful and springy and just perfect for this time of the year when the weather hasn't quite decided its ready for spring yet! xx

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I'm hoping that the weather will start to get warmer so that I can save it for autumn and winter.

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  9. What a gorgeous beret, such lovely colours. xxx

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    1. Thanks - looks like the colours are a popular choice :-)

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  10. Ha! I'd forgotten The Goodies! I've got Funky Gibbon on 7" vinyl somewhere!
    Gorgeous beret, beautifully modeled. You are clever! x

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    1. Loved The Goodies - remember 'Kitten Kong' climbing the Post Office tower? They shaped my humour!

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  11. So pretty! It looks scarily complex mind you. I adore that dolman sleeve cardi, I so wish I could knit :( xxx

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    1. Thanks Melanie. The cardie is coming on quite quickly now, I hope it looks good on!

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  12. Great beret! Like the cardigan pattern too.

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    1. Thanks Kate-Em, I think it has to be one of my favourite beret patterns now!

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  13. Lovely beret! The colours really zing against the green backdrop. Your stranding looks so pretty too. I had to laugh at that Ecky Thump photo as that's exactly what my first knitted hat looked like last year! Haha.

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    1. Thanks Jo. Yes. Ecky Thump was my first thoughts too when I saw the size of the beret after its wash!

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