I’ve done lots of Christmas knitting this year — or at least, it feels like lots, though it’s really only about four projects. And, uh, most of them were hats.
The Kitty Cat Cable hat that I posted yesterday was actually the last item that I finished, and I whipped it up in less than a week. Before that, I had one smallish mystery project, and two not-mystery projects — which together marked the first time that I’ve knitted a gift where the recipient knew about it in advance.
She requested an off-white, slouchy beret when she was home in the summer — and then I immediately knitted her a very-very–very–far–from-white beret instead, because she fell in love with the yarn! (She’s always been a fan of all things rainbow… This Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock fit the bill, for sure.)
Anyway, I made sure she had a (supremely colourful) hat, so her head wouldn’t get cold in whatever passes for winter in the Tokyo area, and then I sat down to do something a little finer. I told her that she would have to wait until Christmas for the off-white hat she’d requested.
Back in September, I found some lovely yarn (an alpaca cashmere blend in a nice creamy-but-not-too-yellowy shade), and then swamped my poor sister with e-mails and tweets about potential patterns. We settled on the Vogue beret, and I was off! The pattern is lovely, and especially appropriate because it features a Japanese lace pattern.
I only made a few modifications to the pattern — I repeated 2-7 (which are the same as rows 8-13) an additional time, to add some length. Also, I increased the needle sizes: I did the ribbing on #2s, and the lace on #4s. I did the first few rows of the lace on #3s (as suggested), but decided I wanted it even more open, so upped it to #4s.
(I should mention that my sister and I, like the rest of our family, have huge honkin’ heads. To get a beret to slouch, you need a lot of extra fabric!)
Apart from those few changes, the beret pattern was well written and a pleasant knit. I had to enlarge the chart to peer at it, but that’s typical for me.
I hope she likes the finished product! I’ll try to get a picture or two with the hat on her actual head once she opens it…