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Felted Shetland Beret

Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Churchmouse Classics
Knitting
September 2009
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
230 yards (210 m)
medium adult: approx 21" circumference at band after felting & blocking
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This simple beret happened quite by
accident. We were re-scaling our favorite
beret in Shetland dk and it turned out
comically large. Hey, we thought, might as
well felt it! The result was pretty cool.
And remarkably soft after all the washing.
Then we thought, wouldn’t finer Spindrift
be even nicer felted? And indeed it was.
Lightweight. Lofty. Not too warm.
We bet you won’t make just one.

We usually do our felting in the
washing machine but when it came
to felting this little beret we wanted
to take a more hands-on approach.
Our instructions for felting by
hand in the sink will give you
a nice smooth, even finish.
And a wee workout, too.

Careful blocking is the other secret
to a beautiful finish. Drying your
beret over a plate—or in Shetland
parlance, ‘dressing a tam’—will
give your beret a perfect shape
and give you a chance to control
the size and silhouette. You can
‘dress’ your beret this way
whenever you wash it.