Souvenir of a Killing Beret by Kristen Hanley Cardozo
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Souvenir of a Killing Beret

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

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.

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


  • 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