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Souvenir of a Killing Beret

Knitting
September 2013
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette on larger needle
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
160 - 200 yards (146 - 183 m)
S, M, L
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Vertigo has remained iconic in my mind, helped in part by the stark graphic posters and opening titles by Saul Bass. With the Souvenir of a Killing beret, I sought to capture some of that same stark graphic element. Bass used Lissajous spirals to portray dizziness; I used gray and white chevrons. In the film, Scottie tells Judy that she shouldn’t have kept “souvenirs of a killing.” He’s referring to a necklace, but it could as easily refer to himself and his vertigo.

Souvenir of a Killing is knit simply, using only one color per row, to create a bold chevron pattern. The stitch pattern used to create the chevrons in this hat is a very simple one, but it does result in different stitch counts on every row by using increase and decrease rows to create the zig zags, so attention is necessary.

Sizes
Women’s S (M, L)
Band circumference: 16.5 (17.75, 20)” / 42 (45, 51)cm
Length: 8 (8, 8.25)” / 20.5 (20.5, 21)cm for beret; 8.75 (9, 9)” / 22 (23, 23)cm for slouch

Materials

  • Sincere Sheep Equity Sport (100% Rambouillet wool; 200 yds / 183m per 56g skein) MC Natural; 1 (1, 1) skein CC Undyed Dk. Grey; 1 (1, 1) skein
  • 16-inch US #3 / 3.25mm circular needle
  • 16-inch US #5 / 3.75mm circular needle
  • 1 set US #5 / 3.75 mm double-point needles OR 32 inch or longer US #5 / 3.75mm circular needle for Magic Loop
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle