Frederica Beret by Lisa R. Myers

Frederica Beret

January 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
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The deep band on this slightly-oversized hat is worked in a technique similar to sewn smocking. Smocking on a handknit fabric is easier than on a woven one, though: by establishing columns of knit stitches on a purl background, you provide guidelines that keep the sewn tucks straight and even. Like traditional smocking, this knitted version draws the fabric in a great deal — and the shift to plain stockinette releases it again into a puffy, roomy crown.