Cables and Lace Slouchy Beret by Sandra Oakeshott

Cables and Lace Slouchy Beret

by Sandra Oakeshott
Knitting
May 2011
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
197 yards (180 m)
15" - 22" head circumference over two sizes
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Any number of repeats of chart 1 can be worked but remember more repeats will take more yarn.
I have also knit this hat in Louisa Harding ‘Thistle’ and Araucania ‘Toconao’. The ‘Thistle’ came out beautifully soft with more drape. The ‘Toconao’ was slightly thicker and gave a firmer finish.
If you prefer a deeper brim you can work an extra repeat of the brim pattern but you will need extra yarn.
Sizes:- First size: will fit from a 15” – 17” round head and will fit a child or small adult.
Second size: 19” - 22” round head will fit an average adult.
Gauge: 19sts x 26 rows over stocking stitch on 4mm needles measures 4” (I worked the swatch flat)
First size: working 2 repeats of chart 1: unblocked from cast on to top 8”. After blocking: from cast on to top of beret 8.75”. 10” in diameter.
Second size: working 3 repeats of chart 1: unblocked from cast on to top 10”. After blocking: from cast on to top of beret 10.5” 11” in diameter.
These measurements are a guide only and are dependent on how hard you block your beret and the yarn you use. It will also depend on whether you wait until your beret is thoroughly dry before removing it from your blocking form. I prefer to remove mine whilst it is still very slightly damp then it springs back slightly allowing a bit of texture to return which I like.