Seashell Beret Hat by Felicity Ward

Seashell Beret Hat

Knitting
December 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
241 - 328 yards (220 - 300 m)
One size, to fit average ladies head (approx 55cm/21.5 inches) but the 1x1 ribbing is super stretchy to accommodate slightly smaller and larger heads!
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I love hand dyed sock yarn but I often have about half a skein leftover once I’ve made ankle socks (my preferred length for socks), so I decided to create a knitted hat pattern using the remaining yarn. As sock yarn usually contains soft merino and/or luxurious cashmere I realised it would make a super cosy yet lightweight hat.

The first test piece I made in this pattern was made as a gift using a pink stellina sock yarn with brown speckles which reminded me of the inside of seashells, and I included some chocolate seashells in the gift which sealed the name! :)

This pattern is ideal for using sock minis too - make it blended and ombre, or as bright and eclectic as you like, it’s up to you!

There are two ways to make this hat, either a seamless version in the round using 40cm/ 16” circular needles, or a seamed version using straight needles. There are also options to create a more textured ‘body’ to the hat if you wish.

Size: one size, to fit average ladies head (approx 55cm/21.5 inches) but the ribbing is super stretchy to accommodate slightly smaller and also larger heads! :)

You will need:

  • Approx 55g of sock/4 ply yarn (approx 220m/241yds) for the ‘straightforward’ pattern. Using the variations will take slightly more yarn.
  • 40cm/16” circular knitting needles in 3.5mm and 4mm (a variation is given after the main pattern, to work the pattern on straight needles if preferred)
  • 4mm long circular needles for magic loop - or double-pointed needles if preferred - for working the reduced stitches on the crown of the hat, before casting off
  • Stitch marker to mark the end of rounds if working on circular needles

Gauge: not critical for this pattern as you work until the piece is a certain length before moving on to the next stage, but please be aware that if your gauge is tighter or looser it will affect the ‘slouchiness’ of the finished hat and the meterage of yarn used.

The pattern includes a full glossary of terms.

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