2.13.2011

Cloudy Day



Yet another new pattern! Introducing the Cloudy Day beret...


Before the warmer weather of spring and summer completely set in, I expect some cloudy days ahead. This beret is a lightweight yet warm accessory perfect for an 'overcast-yet-not-freezing-outside' sort of day.



For this pattern I chose to work with Classic Elite Fresco yarn in the Celestial Blue colorway. 
It's a beautiful hazy gray with a slight halo from the 10% angora fiber content.

I've always loved the way complicated stitches look in an angora yarn. It's such a soft and pretty effect.. but really any fingering weight or sport weight yarn will do for this project.



The body of the hat is composed of bobble and lace stitches that remind me of the way pavement or a body of water looks like with droplets of water hitting it on a rainy day.

I found this repeatable stitch pattern to be fairly intuitive and easy to memorize, and I've included both charted and written instructions for it in the pattern.



Here is the pattern information for those of you who would like to knit up a Cloudy Day beret of 
your very own:


SIZE
Women’s Medium–Large (fits 19–23” / 48–58cm head circumference)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Brim Circumference: approx 18” / 46cm  unstretched.

MATERIALS
Classic Elite Yarns Fresco [60% Wool, 30% Baby Alpaca, 10% Angora; 164 yd / 150m per 1.75 oz / 50g skein]; color: Celestial Blue #5364; 2 skeins or approx 200 yd / 183m of a sport or fingering weight wool or wool blend.

Alternate Yarns: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, Blue Sky Alpacas Sport or Melange

1 16” / 40cm US2 / 2.75mm circular needle for brim
1 16” / 40cm US5 / 3.75mm circular needle for body of hat
1 set of US5 / 3.75mm double pointed needles for top of hat and I-cord
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
28 sts / 36 rows = 4” / 10cm worked in the round in St st on US5 / 3.75mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge




Happy rainy day knitting!







22 comments:

Pushpa said...

Beautiful - and now I know what to make with the Classic Elite Fresco I have in my stash!

JelliDonut said...

Stunning!

Tanis said...

Oooh! Beautiful! I have some Classic Elite Fresco in my stash that I've been looking for just the right project for. This is definitely it. I love the look of lace in a nice soft cushy yarn. That last photo is gorgeous!

Renee said...

lovely!!

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

LOVELY - I may have to try a beret!

Kathryn said...

Your knitting is just lovely - and I LOVE cloudy day!

Kathryn said...

Your knitting is just lovely - and I LOVE cloudy day!

Kathryn said...

Your knitting is just lovely - and I LOVE cloudy day!

Hazel said...

Wow, what a beautiful hat! I love how prolific you are being at the moment. I think I have three of your design in my queue. Love it!

Ariane said...

Beautiful! I love it!!

Knitcoach said...

You are definitely tempting me to knit hats. Yours are simply lovely!

Suze said...

Gasp! It's beautiful.

Nele said...

Very beautiful!

Lucy said...

how do you come up with these beautiful patterns so fast?

Suzanne said...

The bobbles are so sweet and I love the gathers at the crown.

sylphette said...

It's stunning! So light and delicate-looking. And your bobbles look awesome! ;)

Kate Loves Hats said...

I truly love this one! I am a bit partial to hats...

Cakewalk Yarns said...

We are a long way away from rainy season here...but the hat is beautiful. I love the little knot on the top.

Lisa said...

So pretty! Love the bobbles on it.

fo522 said...

Love the "Cloudy Day" hat pattern. Thanks for interviewing Courtney and Kate-with all the yarn choices out there it was nice to hear about their company. I looked up Terra and that will be the next one I order!! Congrats on 50th Episode!!

Poethead said...

Very sweet! Love that yarn.

V! said...

Beautiful hat & I love it in this yarn. Your patterns are always amazing.