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Bramble Beret

Knitting
February 2011
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch on larger needles, worked in rounds.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
200 yards (183 m)
About 18¾" (47.5 cm) in circumference at brim, 28" (71 cm) in circumfer-ence at widest point, and 8" (20.5 cm) tall, after blocking.

This beret uses two traditional aran patterns that are modified to be worked in the round. The blackberry stitch (also known as trinity stitch), a traditional filler stitch used at the seams or between larger motifs in Aran designs, is generally worked by increasing in each stitch on right-side rows, then decreasing on wrong-side rows. For this beret, however, the increases and decreases are worked on the same round, much the same as working bobbles. In addition, a double moss-stitch-filled cable pattern travels seamlessly over the beginning of the round to keep the pattern elements fluid. The crossing cables move in a diamond pattern, transecting the beginning of the round at their widest, then decreasing back down.