December KAL for Lace Doily Beret

December’s KAL is Lace Doily Beret. This project wraps up the year of BOBBOL 2013 by bringing together some previously seen key techniques plus some new things to produce a flattering, lightweight beret that is fashionable without flattening your hairdo.

The beret is constructed in the style of a lace doily with a center start and repeating medallions. The pattern instructions do not call for beads, but feel free to add them if you’d like using any of the techniques or ideas you’ve gotten from other projects this year.

Lace Doily Beret

Lace Doily Beret

Featured Techniques

  • easy center start
  • double yarn over honeycomb lace ground stitch
  • 3-to-2 decrease
  • graduated needle sizing
  • blocking in 3 dimensions over a plate

Although the pattern doesn’t specifically call for beads, I’ll show an example where the crochet hook method makes it easy to play with your own design in more than one color of bead.

Lace Doily Berets knit up quickly, so you might find yourself making several colors to go with everything in your wardrobe. I’ve used fingering weight yarn with knitting needles for circular knitting in sizes US 3 –  6 (3.25mm 4mm) to create a shallow French-style beret approx 11″ in diameter. If you want a deeper, slouchier tam, you can either knit more of the lace ground and block larger, or you can use sport weight yarn and go up a needle size or two.

Lace Doily Berets

The Lace Doily Beret pattern is available free to download by members through the end of December 2013. (Be sure you are logged in with your KnitHeartStrings member username, or you can register here.)

Knit along this month while trying new things and learning with bonus bit-size tutorials, tips & techniques. Will you join us?

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