Today I’m making… 1970’s beret

I fancied making a new beret but wanted something that looks more like a classic beret than the 1960’s version I usually make. I knew I had a few beret patterns in my huge vintage pattern archive but I’m not really in the mood to take on fairisle or cable. I’m in a plain as possible mood so when I came across this 1970s pattern I knew it was ‘the one’.

Its double-knit which is unusual for me, I’m a 4-ply knitter.

img_0319-1I’d like to make the whole set really but I’ve done a bit of a work in progress audit this afternoon and the result is that I have tons of work showing very little progress.  I don’t know. I have this lovely variegated sparkly green, brown and cream yarn to use on something and I’ve cast on with it but the more I look at it the more I want to make the whole set in one colour.

I’m off to Blackpool at the start of February for a weekend of knitting, theatre and opera and did want to make myself a jumper but I’ve realised I don’t have enough of the yarn I was intending to use for that but it would be enough to do this.  Maybe I’ll take the jumper pattern with me and buy some yarn while I’m there….

But I’m wandering off topic, I’m making this beret in this yarn and yes I am going to make the most enormous pom-pom I can to go on top.




Today I’m making…. 1960s style knitted beret

beretOn the needles today is a lovely soft beret, I’m making it using a burgundy Bramwell 4ply yarn on a big cone so its not really transportable. The rib part takes forever because it’s quite deep and the needles are smallish. I think burgundy/wine is a much more versatile colour for accessories than you’d think at first.  Its goes well with black, its a colour but not an in your face colour and it goes well with all hair colours because of the blue purple tone. That means it’s fine for redheads where a red or pink might not be.

I have tons of projects on the go and only do little bits at a time when I’m in the mood to do them. I’ve finished making a small white snood today already (but haven’t taken photos so its not listed in my Etsy shop) and I really should be doing five 8″ strips of delica peyote for next month’s beading workshop but I’m in a plain knitting mood this evening.

I’ve made a couple of these before but with a shimmery sparkly yarn mixed in with them.  This one I’m going to keep nice and simple and see what sort of reaction it gets in my Etsy shop.  Here is a link to the nice dark green one I’ve got listed already, this one has some green lurex type yarn running through it.

I don’t think there is any chance at all of my finishing this tonight so you might well see it crop up here again at some point. I’m using some wooden needles that were a present, I’m not overly keen on them, I keep thinking I’m going to snap them and one pair from the same set splintered at the tip so I’m knitting on tenterhooks.


A happy customer!

Recently I’ve been asking my customers to send me a picture of themselves wearing whatever they’ve bought from me and now I’ve received my first picture.

Lets see your appreciation for Inês from Portugal in her new red sparkly beret, please note she’s written ‘thank you’ in a gorgeous script on her arm. Inês is very cool.