One of the best things I did this spring was go to a big-ass cabin in the middle of central Michigan with some of my favorite people and dearest friends, who also happen to be knitters. There’s about a dozen of us, we live all over the U.S., and this was the fifth time we’d (almost) all gathered in one place to spend a weekend together.
We loafed around, we drank tequila, we ate cheese, and we swapped hats.
I used the occasion of the Hat Swap to design a jaunty chapeau for Ms. Frick Knits, otherwise known as JulieFrick.
I give you, in keeping with the FlintKnits tradition of silly pattern names …
*** Frick Frick BERET! ***
(This and all subsequent FrickFrickBeret! photos were taken by the amazing Caro Sheridan.)
I loved knitting this hat so much that I immediately made a second one for a swap with Chawne (she, like Julie, looks smashing in red). The second version is slightly less slouchy – un soupçon de slouch, more of a classic tam shape.
Sarah was kind enough to model it before I blocked it and sent it off to Chawne.
The angular leaf lace ends in star-shaped crown decreases.
A closer look at the two sizes, side by side.
About the pattern: The Frick Frick BERET! pattern includes instructions for two sizes; options for either plain or rolled-edge brims; and both charts and written instructions for the lace pattern and crown decreases.
Skills needed: Knitting and purling in the round, increases and decreases, yarn-overs.
- 1/2 skein Little Red Bicycle Hipster Sock (430 yards; 80% merino/20% nylon), or about 215 yards of another fingering weight yarn
- US 3 (3.25mm) circular or double-pointed needles (or size needed to get gauge) for your preferred method of knitting in the round
- US 2 (2.75mm) circular or double-pointed needles, for brim (or one size smaller than main needles)
- stitch marker
- tapestry needle
- un soupçon de slouch (a hint of slouch, pictured on Sarah)
- un petit peu plus de slouch (a little bit more slouch, pictured on Julia)
Brim circumference for both sizes measures 17″ unstretched, and up to 24″ stretched.
Gauge: 8 sts and 8 rows per inch in main lace pattern
Let’s hear it — Frick, Frick, BERET!