FO: Tweed Beret

I finished the beret early Saturday morning, washed it in some woolwash, and set it up to block on a pot lid (yes, really). Except I thought that the pot lid I tried out first was too small, so I tried another one and it was too large and stretched it out. So really, this needs another wash and block but hey! The knitting’s done!

goofy beretberet smile
what are digital cameras for if not to make silly faces?
and no, the beret does not at all match my red wool coat
and yes, I had to use the flash because it is so rainy here

Details and other stuff behind the cut.

Pattern:
Tweed Beret by Kristen TenDyke published in Winter 2006 Interweave Knits
Size:
small (18″)

Needles:
Clover bamboo US6; Inox 24″ US6.5 (weird size, .25mm larger than the clovers)

Yarn:
Peace Fleece in Lena’s Meadow; 4oz (a few g left over) – Stashbuster!

Start – Finish:
9 Nov 2006 – 11 Nov 2006

Mods:
not that I recall, other than subbing yarn.

finished beret
finished beret
tweedy tweed tweed tweed

I think I prefer Colleen’s (Subway Knitter) newly finished beret shape-wise. It has a better flop than this one (at least the way I knit it). Still, a fast knit and a cute beret!

I need a quick knit every once in a while — after I finish it, it helps me refocus on my WIPs:

Sienna Cardigan fronts
stupid rain. I need a remote flash or a bigger light tent

Yes, I finally started the Sienna Cardigan fronts. I had to rummage around to find my notes about the shaping I did for the back, then I had to rip out 10 rows of one side when I realized that I had worked an extra row and messed up the lace cable. Now we are knitting along and I hope to have the fronts done by the end of the week.

Sometimes though, you also have to start something new:

bad me
I’m a bad, bad girl
This is why I only had 4 hours of sleep last night before I got up to run in the mud

Malabrigo/handpaintedyarn.com bulky 6-ply in Pearl Ten. Any guesses as to what it is? It is a sweater and it is for me! I reserve the right to frog this if the yarn starts to look horrible in this pattern, however. This is my gauge swatch? Ha ha.

10 Comments so far

  1. Kristina on November 13th, 2006

    I love the beret – and the color. I almost used that color for my daughter’s accordian sweater.

  2. Dawn on November 13th, 2006

    I love that beret! it has inspired me to make one up.

  3. gleek on November 13th, 2006

    the beret is super cute! i love the photos :)

  4. Julie on November 13th, 2006

    Jess it’s too cute! I’m so glad to see you modeling it as well!! Now I want one. :) And I still love the yarn, I think that is perfect for it.

  5. knittingphilistine on November 13th, 2006

    Aw, I really like your beret! Super-cute! And oh, I have been fighting the urge to cast on another major sweater…but everywhere I turn, ya’ll are doing it! Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt anything for me to start one too…

  6. Holly Jo on November 14th, 2006

    Man, I am not a beret person, but it is soooo cute. Colleen’s flop might be good, but yours has a lot of spunk. :) Thanks for posting pictures of yourself in it.

  7. Dipsy D. on November 14th, 2006

    Awww – if there ever was a perfect beret, then it’s yours – and you look so absolutely great in it, I *love* these cute pics! I’m not a big hat- or cap- or beret-wearer, but this one certainly inspired me to make one for myself one day – though it won’t turn out half as cute as yours! But at least there’d be room enough to stuff all my hair under it ;) Fantastic job!

  8. colleen on November 14th, 2006

    I was just thinking that I like your beret better. Do you mind if I ask how big your head is if you knit the 18″ size? Might help me with sizing next time.

  9. katie on November 14th, 2006

    Looks great! After modeling my friend’s close fitting chemo-hat I realized that with my curly hair I really need a beret. Otherwise I get a flat head on top and clowny curls sticking out under the hat. Straighter hair, as you’ve shown, seems to look good with all sorts of hats. I’ll have to give this pattern a try…

  10. JulieFrick on November 21st, 2006

    This is supercute! I say bring on the tams.