The inspiration of this design came to me after watching a British murder mystery program. In the show, I saw a woman walking with her English Springer Spaniels across a field wearing Wellies and a barn coat, but no hat. It looked like a chilly morning in autumn, so my first thought was, “This woman needs a hat!” In my mind, the hat needed to be a simple, no-nonsense beret that would look cute on a person at any age. I wanted it to be warm and dense to keep out the cold wind, so I chose Puffin yarn knit at a tighter gauge. The garter stitch swirl at the crown adds a level of interest without being fussy.
18” 48 cm brim circumference, 8” 20cm from brim to crown and 10” 25cm diameter after blocking.
Puffin by Quince & Co. (100% American wool; 112 yd 102 m/100 g)
1 skein (pictured in Apricot)
One set of double-pointed needles (dpns) or one 16” circular needle (circ) in size US 10 6 mm
One set of double-pointed needles (dpns) in size US 10.5 6.5 mm
One 24” circular needle (circ) in size US 10.5 6.5 mm
Or size to obtain gauge
1 Stitch marker (m)
12 sts and 17 rows = 4” 10 cm in st st patt using main needles, after blocking.
17 sts and 17 rows = 4” 10 cm in single rib patt using smaller needles, unstretched, after blocking.
12 sts and 18 rows = 4” 10 cm in single rib patt using smaller needles, stretched, after blocking.
- Pictures by Carrie Bostick Hoge *