Bryanston Beret by Tess Young

Bryanston Beret

January 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
40 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in twisted rib on 2.5mm needles
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
150 - 182 yards (137 - 166 m)
small, medium, large
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This new re-launched pattern provides 2 versions of the Bryanston beret:

The original 2 colour version shown and a new ‘inside out’ striped version.

This second version is literally knitted inside out so the lovely texture pattern emerges on the ‘wrong side’ from the ribbing upwards.and you just flip the hat the right way once you’re finished.

The stitch pattern creates a bouncy fabric which allows you to block it as a slouchy beanie or a beret/tam shape depending on which you prefer.

Back in 2011, I designed the original hat because I wanted a slouchy beret that would showcase the great colours that hand dyers were developing for sock yarn often with single skein shawls in mind. The design that emerged had the added bonus of not needing very much of a striking contrast yarn to make an impact. As such it was perfect for leftovers of a favourite yarn.

But the more I wore my versions of the hat, the more I appreciated the texture on the reverse side of the work. This led me to develop the ‘inside out’ version which also allowed me to play with some lovely hand dyed yarns and develop another version of the pattern that was also perfect for those tiny leftovers of truly special yarns.

The Technical Details

Small - To fit 19 in / 48cm - Actual Size - 17in / 43cm
Medium - To fit 21in / 53cm - Actual Size - 19in / 48cm
Large - To fit 23in / 58.5cm - Actual Size - 21in / 53cm

Yarn Requirements

Original Version

The original version is knitted in just 2 colours as shown and the following is sufficient for any of the 3 sizes:

  • 1 x 50g (200yds/183m) Old Maiden Aunt Shetland 4 ply shown in Midnight Owl (main Colour)
  • 1 x 50g (200yds/183m) Old Maiden Aunt Shetland 4 ply shown in Red Velvet (Contrast Colour)

Alternatively if you are substituting or have part skeins you will require the following to work the pattern as given.

Small = Main Yarn = 120yds/110m Contrast Yarn = 30yds/27.5m
Medium - Main Yarn = 132yds/121m Contrast Yarn = 32yds/30m
Large - Main Yarn = 146yds/134m Contrast Yarn = 36yds/33m

You will require extra yarn if you wish to add depth to the body of the hat. The yarn requirements for the Inside Out version below can be used as a guide; each body colour is sufficient to work 8 rounds.

Inside Out Version

This version uses more colours as and the table below gives full breakdowns so you can use leftovers:

Brim - 28yds/27m
For each of the 7 body stripes - 12yds/11m
Crown - 28yds/27m

Brim -34yds/32m
For each of the 7 body stripes -16yds/15m
Crown - 34yds/32m

Brim - 40yds/37m
For each of the 7 body stripes - 20yds/15m
Crown - 40yds/37m

Full instructions are provided in case you want to add extra depth or slouch