Colette by Julie Hayes
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October 2013
Arrow Acres Farm Yarn
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in St st on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
120 - 140 yards (110 - 128 m)
One size - 17" unstretched / 26" stretched brim
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Errata: In the first decrease round, the last instruction is K2tog--it should be K2. Thanks to YawnOver for catching the error!

A casual, sophisticated beret, “Colette” is a quick & simple knit that highlights alpaca’s lush texture and perfect drape. “Colette” would be a perfect gift for that friend who always seems to be effortlessly chic--but be warned! If you’re like me, you’ll need to make another for yourself!

This pattern was designed to use Arrow Acres Farm Yarn, a 100% alpaca worsted weight yarn from a farm local to my area. If you don’t have a local alpaca farm (check online--you might!), Berroco Ultra Alpaca makes a fine substitute.

Finally, don’t be scared off by the tubular cast-on! You’ll find a link to an excellent video tutorial in the pattern, and once you get the hang of the rhythm, it’s no more difficult than a standard long-tail cast-on. But it’s so much stretchier, and gives a much more finished-looking edge!

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