Grouse Dance Beret & Mitts by Coryna Blasko

Grouse Dance Beret & Mitts

June 2011
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
120 - 131 yards (110 - 120 m)
One size fits ladies small to large
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The Grouse Dance pattern includes instructions for the beret with choice of 2 band options, and the matching fingerless gloves. The Beret is best suited to women, but the gloves can be worn by men or women.

The spiral is a cross-cultural and timeless symbol that, for many, represents the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth. Spirals occur abundantly in nature. Human crafted spirals can be found as a perpetual motif from ancient through to modern times. One experiential interpretation of the sacred spiral is the Grouse Dance.

As we rush about our busy lives, we are reminded to look within and to nourish our inner selves so that we may follow our true paths. This beret pays homage to the spiral. Half brioche stitch panels are divided by braided cables which culminate in an intricate spiral dance at the crown.

Choose the edge style you prefer for the beret, traditional ribbing, or woven cables. The matching gloves feature braided cables and rick rack lace while smooth stitches caress the palms. Less complicated than it may look, this is a lovely set for yourself, or for someone special.

The ribbed edge set was made with Rowan’s Tapestry, no. 175, Moorland. Two balls (100g, 240 metres) for the set.
The braided band set was made with Jamieson’s of Scotland DK in the shade called Grouse, 100g for the set.

Please adjust needles accordingly, I used 3.75mm with the Rowan Tapestry and 4.0 mm with the Jamesons DK.

The hat is written as one size for ladies small to large.
The gloves have a great deal of forgiveness, and are accordingly written one size. I wear a ladies small, but my husband has borrowed these for the office.

The pattern is written out line by line, but charts are provided for the cables used in the body of the work, but not for the spiral finish.

So come, join the dance of life… and remember, always dance, and knit, with joy!