Look and feel as sweet as a peppermint while wearing this fun beret. Cashmere blend yarn gives you something extra special. The top is worked in short rows as a flat panel then placed back on the loom and worked in a connected flat panel to decrease the sides. A challenge that is worth the effort to create a sweet hat that will be the envy of everyone who sees it.
Yarn: 200 yards cashmere blend worsted weight yarn. Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in crimson (300054) and white (300025) was used in sample, 1 ball each color.
Notions: Knit hook, G/4.00mm crochet hook, tapestry needle
Gauge: 24 stitches x 32 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
CA – Color A – Crimson
CB – Color B – White
After each decrease row, move stitches inward and adjust the loom.
Cast on from left to right, working odd rows from right to left and even rows from left to right.
Keep final bind off very loose so the hat will not be too tight around the forehead. Do not use e-wrap knit stitch.
W&T: Wrap and turn
CO: Cast on
BO: Bind off
With CA, chain cast on 19 pegs.
Row 1: S1, K18
Row 2: S1, P17, K1
Row 3: S1, K16, W&T
Row 4: P16, K1
Row 5: S1, K14, W&T
Row 6: P14, K1
Row 7: S1, K12, W&T
Row 8: P12, K1
Row 9: S1, K10, W&T
Row 10: P10, K1
Row 11: S1, K8, W&T
Row 12: P8, K1
Row 13: S1, K6, W&T
Row 14: P6, K1
Row 15: S1, K4, W&T
Row 16: P4, K1
Row 17: S1, K2, W&T
Row 18: P2, K1
Row 19: S1, W&T
Cut CA. Add CB.
Rows 20 – 38: repeat rows 1 – 19
Cut CB. Add CA.
Repeat rows 1 – 38, 5 times.
After 12th wedge is complete, bind off.
After binding off, sew long edges with mattress stitch.
Prepare 12 bobbins, 6 of CA and 6 of CB, by winding 6 yards of yarn on a 3.5” x 1” piece of cardboard or a sponge roller.
Set loom to 106 pegs. Place pinwheel over loom with wrong side facing up. *Working from right to left, starting with the first stitch of a CA wedge, decrease by placing 2 edge stitches together on the first peg. Then place the next 7 edge stitches on the next 7 pegs. Then place each edge stitch on the pegs until 6 wedge edge stitches are on the loom. * Half the loom should have stitches. Then repeat from * to * until all pegs have edge stitches on them. The 1st and 7th CA sections should have 8 stitches while the remaining sections have 9 stitches.
The band of the beret will be worked as a connected flat panel. Work in rows, not rounds. Work knit rows from right to left. Work purl rows from left to right. After each decreasing row, move stitches in and adjust loom to the number of stitches. Starting with row 3, every odd numbered row will start 1 stitch to the left by slipping the 1st stitch and ending the row on the slipped stitch causing the colors to move over by 1 stitch every other row.
Row 1: Add 1st CA bobbin – K8, add 1st CB bobbin – K9, add 2nd CA bobbin – K9, add 2nd CB bobbin – K9, add 3rd CA bobbin – K9, add 3rd CB bobbin – K9, add 4th CA bobbin – K8, add 4th CB bobbin – K9, add 5th CA bobbin – K9, add 5th CB – K9, add 6th CA bobbin – K9, add 6th CB bobbin – K9 (106 sts rem)
Note: Starting with row 2, twist the 2 strands together when you finish with one color and go to the next to connect them together.
Row 2: With CB – P9, with CA – P9, with CB – P9, with CA – P9, with CB – P9, with CA – P8, with CB – P9, with CA – P9, with CB – P9, with CA – P9, with CB – P9, with CA – P8
Row 3: S1, *with CA – K8, with CB – K1, K2tog, K6, with CA – K1, K2tog, K6, with CB – K1, K2tog, K6, with CA – K1, K2tog, K6, with CB – K1, K2tog, K6*, rep from * to * once (96 sts rem)
Row 4: *CB – P8, with CA – P8*, repeat from * to * 5 times
Row 5: S1, *with CA – K1, K2tog, K5, with CB – K1, K2tog, K5*, rep from * to * 5 times (84 sts rem)
Row 6: *CB – P7, with CA – P7*, repeat from * to * 5 times
Row 7: S1, *with CA – K1, K2tog, K4, with CB – K1, K2tog, K4*, rep from * to * 5 times (72 sts rem)
Row 8: *CB – P6, with CA – P6*, repeat from * to * 5 times
Row 9: S1, *with CA – K6, with CB – K6*, rep from * to * 5 times
Row 10: *with CA – P6, with CB – P6*, rep from * to * 5 times
Rows 11 – 18: rep rows 9 and 10, 4 times
Using Basic BO, *BO 6 stitches with CA, cut CA leaving enough to weave in, twist CA with next CB, BO 6 stitches with CB, cut CB leaving enough to weave in, twist CB with next CA*, rep from * to * 5 times to the end. Pull last strand through last stitch. With tapestry needle, join the last stitch to the first and sew close the first and last stitches where there are holes.
Weave in ends.
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