Thursday, 29 September 2011

A hit and a miss

After receiving a hint that I needed a new beret and cowl set, I went looking for patterns. There are several lovely beret patterns in my Ravelry queue - Gretel, Ishbel  and Snapdragon, all by Ysolda Teague, but it was Beret de Printemps by Jeni Chase that really caught my attention.

I had two balls of Rowan Felted Tweed DK in my stash in a lovely spring green that seemed just right for a spring beret, so off I knitted.

I didn't find the pattern very well written, there are a couple of points in the chart when the next step is not altogether clear, but after a false-start or two, I got there.

The miracle of blocking turned a rather unpromising looking blob into a respectable looking beret.

I had yarn left over, so I used the stitch pattern to make a little cowl to match.

Pattern: Beret de Printemps by Jeni Chase,
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK in colour 146 (Herb)
Needles: 3.5mm and 4mm DPNs

The beret is a real hit - it fits well, the colour is lovely and it's warm. The cowl is sadly a miss. It's too short and tends to roll down and end up as a round knitted  band around my neck. I think it could have done with being a few pattern repeats bigger. It will be frogged and returned to stash.