My daughter loves berets, and I enjoy knitting them - a perfect combination. A few days ago I picked up a skein of handspun that has been waiting patiently in the stash to be knit into something fabulous.
The fiber is Scout's Swag Handpainted Merino in her amazing "Power Couples" colorway. I asked her to dye it for me last spring and spun it within 48 hours of receiving it. That's how gorgeous these colors are. I couldn't keep my hands off that roving. I intentionally kept the singles thick so that each color would stand out sharply. I knew Power Couples had to be knit into something special that would showcase the yarn. It was knit/crocheted and ripped many times. Nothing seemed good enough. Enter the beret.
The beret has been all the rage among knitters lately, and I unterstand why. Berets are fun, whimsical & they look really good with a great hair cut. (Have you seen Ashley in hers? Bailey looks pretty sharp too!) DD#2's hair was, as usual, a little unruly in these photos - the wind didn't help. She does have two eyes, I assure you.
Another asset the beret is that they are really fun to design. They have the advantage over the basic skull cap as there is more surface area to work with. For this hat I had to keep things simple. It is after all, all about the yarn. I used a simple slipped stitch pattern that kept me interested while knitting and broke up the colors just enough.
Power Couples Beret
Pattern: My Own
Yarn: Handspun from Scout's Swag Handpainted Merino Roving
Colorway: Power Couples
Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm)
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US!!