Seeking Solace In Knitting: Rose Red Beret

Ysolda Rose Red Beret Sew South LondonAfter my rather tricky dress-making experience with the Colette Dahlia (I am pleased to report that we are friends now), I took advice and sought solace in the comfort of knitting. My tolerance for big projects is much reduced after last winter’s epic shawl, so a slouchy beret seemed the perfect solution.

Ysolda Rose Red Beret Sew South LondonI already had this glorious King Cole Galaxy DK in fuchsia in my stash. I was drawn the sparkle of the sequins in the yarn, and surprisingly they didn’t cause any problems when knitting. Despite the detail, Ysolda’s Rose Red pattern was really straightforward to follow. The beret is worked in the round, starting with an I-cord at the top and then working down through a series of petals to the cable ribbing. Each row is unique, so it was a satisfying combination of a small project with interesting detail.

Ysolda Rose Red Beret Sew South LondonTo give the beret its distinctive shape, it needed to be blocked over a dinner plate. Who knew?! This beret has been renamed The Plate Hat by my children, who have requested scaled-down versions! Finally, Big thanks to my visiting photographer – Auntie Ems, who got me smiling.