Sunday, December 02, 2007

Je suis le sexy

...or something.

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slouchy cabled beret

I LOVE THIS HAT!!

omg, I wasn't sure if I would like a beret or not, but man, this thing rocks!

I am totally going to have to make more berets and tams in the future, hee!

I used worsted yarn, and size 6 and 7 circulars. I magic looped the whole thing since I didn't have any thing shorter than a 40". even with using bigger yarn and needles than the pattern called for I still had to block the crap out of it to make it fit right.

Since the pattern was a little vague about the seed pattern and how to do the decreases, this was how I did it:

The first round of the pattern I started the seed stitch with a knit, this mean that I was crossing the cables on purl beginning seed rows, this isn't really important, but I felt like putting it up here as well.

After I got to the desired length, I did one more cable cross but instead of doing normal seed after the 2 purl stitches I did this: move beginning marker one stitch to the left, * p1, c4f, p1, p2tog, seed st, (sl the first st, then the second, knit wise, replace on the left hand needle twisted, ptbl)~,* rep

Since the decreases are to occur every other round, on non cable rows my decreases looked like this: * p1, k4, p1, p2tog, seed st, (sl the first st, then the second, knit wise, replace on the left hand needle twisted, ptbl)~,* rep

I did this until there was only one stitch left in the seed section, and then I moved the marker to the left one more stitch and did: (sl the first st, then the second, knit wise, replace on the left hand needle twisted, slip these two stitches together, through the back loop onto the right hand needle, purl the next stitch, pass the slipped stitches over )~.

Then I did that again on the next decrease round. So that there was one purl stitch left between the cables.

Through all this I maintained the cable crossing on every 4th row.

The next decrease round (which was not a cable row) I: *ssk, k2tog, p1* rep
And then on the last decrease round: *(Sl 2tog kwise, knit one, pass slipped stitches over)~* rep

8 sts remain.

~ I LOVE balanced decreases and symmetry. These decreases look long and complicated when you read them, but they are wicked easy to do and memorize.


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3 comments:

Dipsy Doodle said...

I absolutely LOVE your beret, how very beautiful it is (and so is your teddy bear by the way ;) The modifications you did sound very interesting and have certainly added a very unique touch to the beret - and the color you used is ever so gorgeous! Fantastic job, congratulations!

Dipsy D.
http://www.millharrow.com

Abigail said...

thanks!

I'm obsessed with matching decreases and symmetry, so the modifications were a must for me. I'm very happy with how everything turned out, the real congratulations should go to the designer though, since if she hadn't made such a cool pattern I would never had tried it!

Rositta said...

I've always loved berets but they don't look particularly good one me. Even though I'm always tempted to knit another one. I just might,what the heck in the worst case I'll give it away...ciao

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