Monday, January 18, 2010

Fortnight Beret aka Bella Beret

Why a fortnight? Well it is the One Day Beret pattern, but with all that was going on, it took me 2 weeks :)

Bella Beret
You may have seen this colorway here before...



I've had it done for a few days, and had some pictures up, but I wanted to block it and have daylight pictures.
Bella Beret
Or in this case, twilight. The blocking over a plate..well yeah, didn't go well. It made it too big and it fell over my eyes. I do need to see you know ;)

Bella Beret
So here it is after a soak and a dry, no blocking required.

Here it is in early one morning.
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What's that fabulous cowl I've got on? It's my Rockin' Gloria Cowl I knit for the 2008 Ravelympics. I've wanted a matching hat since then and finally I have it.

What is great about this colorway, well you know besides the color, they were dyed about 2 years apart. The cowl was knit from the 2007 RSC last package. The hat was knit with a skein I got sometime in 2009. It's not often something dyed so far apart can match. I love it and glad it's dry so I can wear it again, well only if it gets a bit colder.
:)
One Day Beret by Kirsten Kapur
Socks that Rock Mediumweight - Bella Coola Colorway, doubled
Size US 5 and 6, 40" circulars (magic loop as usual)
Started January 1, 2010 (part of the Blue Moon Cast on Party)
Finished January 12, 2010

This pattern is really great for any size yarn/needle combo. It's knit top down and very customizable. If I wanted it more slouchy I could have knit it longer before the decreases for the ribbing. I was afraid of running out of yarn so I did about 4". Oh...an FYI, um..er.. when it says to knit the increases to 8.5" in diameter, don't think 10" is the same. Yeah, I was rocking on knitting it and ended up having to frog 3" of it...yes it is true...sigh..

I usually magic loop my hats as my hands just can't take using 16" circulars for some reason, causes cramps in them. Guess you won't be seeing me using 9 or 12" ones either ;)

18 comments:

elspeth said...

Cute! I almost couldn't see you in your yarn camouflage! :)

Sandra said...

now you have a set to wear it proudly! Love the ice-ish colourway!

Marissa said...

I absolutely love the color!

turtlegirl76 said...

It looks great on you! The blocking over a dinner plate has ruined more than one knit for me. But a different cast-on helped me the last time I did it. But it was also 1x1 rib. (Channel island I believe?) I have to find a suitable one for 2x2 so it doesn't stretch during the blocking phase either.

Beverly said...

Cute set! I love the colors in it and you were lucky to get two skeins that matched so well!

Mag said...

It's a great hat in a wonderful color, (looks like water, very pretty.)
My humble opinion about plate blocking is that it is only for traditional berets, fine gauged and felted.

Javajem said...

Cute hat! I love the color!

Bezzie said...

Love the color! Now the question is: is it cold enough to wear them?

DPUTiger said...

Nice work and very matchy-matchy! Love that color. Will have to keep that in mind for future BMFA slip-ups! ;-)

kemtee said...

Blue's your color.

And you're not the only one who can't comfortably use short circs. Anything shorter than a 24" makes my hands hurt. Lots of people buy them – hey, more power to 'em – but I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Those look great together. Such a pretty color!

Beth (BaseballKnitter)

cpurl17 said...

cute ensemble! I use balloons to block my hats--I try to guess my head size and then put the hat on it!

weezalana said...

That looks fab on you! And love that colorway!

aquaknits said...

I can see why you wanted the matching beret, what a perfect chilly-morning duo!

freshisle said...

A lovely set! Wish I could send you some of our cold.

Batty said...

Fabulous set! It'll keep you warm.

KnitPastis said...

It's a great set and I like this blue on you!

Jo said...

I love the blues and greens!