Glimmer Beret

Glimmer Beret

by Erron Anderson

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When our winter comes, it’s not usually a slow leading up. Fall is our shortest month. Sometime in October we usually get snow, which leaves us scrambling for our hats and scarves, we need them NOW! Brrr. This hat is a breeze to knit, and is sure to keep you warm when those breezes pick up into winds. Winter can leave us all feeling blah, but shiny beads on a classic over-sized beret is just fun! This hat is done in the round so other that the band, there is no purling, and the decreases just before and after the beads give the otherwise plain knit beret a bit of a pattern, effortlessly.

Difficulty Rating: Advanced Beginner

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 2 DSC_0097skeins in colour 330010, 55% merino wool, 33% microfibre, 12% cashmere, 137 yards

Gauge:29 wide x 22.5sts length wise in a 4×4 inch square on size 3 US needles

Size: Fits heads 21-24 inches

Materials:

Size 3 US circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, in 16 and 24 inch cables 2 vials (154 in the hat) of TOHO glass “E” beads in Lilac
Double pointed needles in sizes 3, 2 and 1 US a beading needle or twist tie
Darning needle

List of Abbreviations:

k-knit k2tog-Knit two together
kpb-knit and place bead p-purl

Other Skills required: tubular cast-on,kitchener stitch, i-cord

 

Hat:

 

DSC_0162Row 1: Using a tubular cast on cast on – 110 sts with size 3US 24” circular needles

Rnd 2: Join in the round. Place marker. K1, P1 to the end – 110 sts

Rnd 3-7: K1, P1 to the end – 110 sts

Rnd 8: K to the end – 110 sts

Rnd 9: k1, m1 by making a loop over the needle (simple cast on) after the k st to the end. – 220 sts

Rnd 10- 13: K to the end – 220 sts

Rnd 14: K9, Knit the 10th stitch, and  remove it from the right needle, using a beading needle slip a bead over the newly made loop,  then replace the loop to the right needle snugging up the yarn, but not so tightly that it’s difficult to knit into on the next round.  This procedure will be further referred to as kpb (Knit and Place Bead). (K9, kpb) to the end, you will have 22 beads on each beaded round. -220sts

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Rnd 15-20: k to the end – 220sts

Rnd 21 : (k2tog, k5, ssk, kpb) to the end – 176sts

Rnd 22-27: k to the end – 176sts

Rnd 28: (k2tog, k3, ssk, kpb) to the end  – 132sts

Rnd 29-34: k to the end – 132sts

Rnd 35: (k2tog, k1, ssk, kpb) to the end – 88 sts

Rnd 36-41: k to the end – 88sts 7

Rnd 42: (k1, ssk, kpb) to the end – 66sts

Rnd 43-48: k to the end – 66sts

Rnd 49: (k2tog, kpb) to the end – 44sts

Rnd 50-55: k to the end. – 44sts

Rnd 56: k2togpb (knit two together and place bead on that loop) to the end – 22sts

Rnd 57-58: k to the end -22sts

Rnd 59: k2tog to the end -11sts

Rnd 60 : k to the end-11

Rnd 61: k2tog x5, k1 – 6 sts

Rnd 62: k to the end – 6sts

Rnd 63: k2tog to the end – 3sts

Row 64-65: k the 3 stitches in icord for two rows.

Row 66-67: switch to size 2 dpns k in icord for two rows

Row 68: switch to size 1 dpns knit in icord for 1 row

Row 69: k2tog, k1 in icord

Row 70: Knit 2 tog, cut thread and pull through. Using a darning needle pull thread through the center of the icord

Make the Bow:

DSC_0176-2Using Judy’s magic cast on, or a provisional one, cast on 41 sts on size 3US dpns or size 3US circulars with at least a 24” cable

Rnd 1-3: If using the provisional cast on join to knit in the round and place marker in row one, if you are using Judy’s magic cast on you do not need to join, place marker after the last st in row 1, k in the round to the end

Rnd 4: (k2, kpb) 6 times, k23 – 41sts

Rnd 5-8: k to end – 41sts

Rnd 9: k1, (kpb, k2) 6 times, kpb, k20 – 41sts

Rnd 10-13: k to end – 41sts

Rnd 14: (kpb,k2) 7 times, k 20 – 41sts

Rnd 15-25: k to the end – 41sts

Rnd 26: (kpb,k2) 7 times, k 20 – 41sts

Rnd 27-30: k to end – 41sts

Rnd 31: (kpb, k2) 6 times, kpb, k20 – 41sts

Rnd 32-35: k to end – 41sts

Rnd 36: (k2, kpb) 6 times, k23 – 41sts

Rnd 37-39: k to the end – 41sts

Using the Kitchener stitch graft the live stitches you have on the needles. If you have used Judy’s magic cast on the bottom is already grafted, if you used a provisional cast on, unravel the crochet chain and graft the bottom stitches as well.

Using a darning needle slip the yarn ends between the two layers of the bow.

Using a length of yarn approximately 24″ long, string 24 beads on to it, leave an 8 inch tail, and wrap the string around the center of the bow sliding 8 beads to the front, wrap around the back of the bow, slide a second set of 8 beads to the front,DSC_0169-1and wrap the yarn around the back, slide the reaming 8 beads to the front so you have 3 vertical rows of beads as your center, wrap the yarn to the back you should have a long tail, tie it in a knot with the first tail then double knot it.  The long tails are then used to sew the bow to the brim of the hat, at the top of the ribbing, where you think it looks best.

Weave in threads, block, sew on bow, and wear when the weather gets chilly.

*the scarf pictured is Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia.  It’s a free pattern available on Ravelry

  

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9 comments


  1. Bev Leroux

    Love, love, love… your beret. Totally identify with your feelings around this art form.

  2. Beverly

    I knit this pattern, using same materials and needle size. It came out beautiful. I will give it as a Christmas gift. Thanks for the pattern. I love knitting hats.

    Beverly

  3. Caroline

    Can you please help me out? i am trying to knit this hat for my toddler…. and i know the size is for 21″ … is there anyway i can decrease it so i can make it smaller for her to fit ? If so? how do i decrease it?

    Thank you so much for your help

    Caroline

    • Erron@KnitLove

      Hi Caroline sorry for the delay.

      I would try casting on 88 sts.

      Work rows 1 through rnd 13

      Round 14= Rnd 14: K7, Knit the 8th stitch, and remove it from the right needle, using a beading needle slip a bead over the newly made loop, then replace the loop to the right needle snugging up the yarn, but not so tightly that it’s difficult to knit into on the next round. This procedure will be further referred to as kpb (Knit and Place Bead). (K7, kpb) to the end, you will have 22 beads on each beaded round. -220sts

      Skip rnds 15-21

      Work rnds 22 to the end as normal.

      I haven’t knit this this way, nor have any of my test knitters, so I can’t guarantee it will be right, but this is how I think I would do it.

      If you decide to try this let me know how it works out for you.

      • Caroline

        Than you for your help…. i will try it out~ and see how it works…. if it works out i will take a picture for you

        Thank you so much for your help

  4. Cindy

    Super excited to give these out as Christmas gifts! but where do I find the beads? Thanks so much for this! Can’t wait to start :)

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