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Cashmere Beret: Striped Version Using Shibui Pure Cashmere

Cashmere Beret: Striped Version Using Shibui Pure Cashmere









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The Design

“Top it off with stripes.”

Our Cashmere Beret’s iconic shape and universally flattering fit never go out of style. For a touch of modern appeal, we’ve created a free adaptation to give this timeless topper some jogless, one-row stripes! Twirling towards the crown in swirling decreases, these fine stripes have a clean simplicity, while adding a subtle, almost textural interest.

Knit in two shades of Shibui Pure Cashmere, the Cashmere Beret is wonderfully, blissfully soft. This fingering-weight yarn is composed of two, gently twirled plies of lofty cashmere. Lightweight yet significant, and with a softness that’s nearly unbelievable, Pure Cashmere creates a beret with the right amount of cozy, nonchalant charm.

The Details

Directions given for Medium adult size 21"/53cm, shown in original pattern in parentheses ( ).

2 skeins Shibui Pure Cashmere (220 yds/201m each), held double throughout: 1 skein each of Main Color (MC) and Contrasting Color (CC).
Or approx. 220 yds/201m each of an equivalent fingering-weight yarn.

Sample shown in size medium adult, in colors 11 Tar (MC) and 2181 Bone (CC).

US 2 (2.75mm) 16"/40cm circular and double-points, or size to obtain gauge.
US 1 (2.25mm) 16"/40cm circular, or 1 size smaller than gauge size.
6 markers (1 in a different color to designate beginning of round).
Darning needle to finish.
10"(11")/25cm(28cm) dinner plate for blocking; glass or mug to hold plate while drying.

28 sts/40 rows = 4"/10cm with yarn held double, in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

Keep a tiny crochet hook handy to help pick up dropped stitches.

The Free Adaptation

Please refer to the original pattern for complete instructions. Only changes are covered in this adaptation.

Tips for knitting one-round stripes:
When knitting in the round, the end of each round is one row higher than the beginning of the round. In stripes, this can create a stair-step ‘jog’. To make one-round stripes spiral up with little or no ‘jog’, always bring the new color ahead of the old color (i.e., don’t cross, twist, or ‘trap’ old color). This won’t be as apparent on inc. or dec. rounds, but you’ll see it more clearly on straight rounds.

To help keep tension even at changes, before working last two stitches of round, tighten last two stitches of the old color before you knit into them.

Cast on:
Note: Yarn is held double throughout.
With MC cast on, join in the round being careful not to twist, and purl 6 rounds, placing markers as directed in original pattern.

Increase rounds:
Round 1: With MC, work as directed in original pattern.
Round 2 (inc): With CC, work as directed in original pattern.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 as directed in original pattern. Note: Increase rounds will always be worked in CC.

Even rounds:
Continuing in 1-round stripes as established, work 13 rounds even (i.e., no inc. or dec.), ending with MC. Note: This is 4 more rounds than original pattern to account for denser row gauge in this yarn.

Decrease rounds:
Work as directed in original pattern, continuing in 1-round stripes as established.

Finish and block as directed in original pattern.

Digital Cashmere Beret pattern. (Download.)

Printed Cashmere Beret pattern. (Requires shipping.)

Free digital adaptation for Shibui Pure Cashmere. (Download.)

COLOR: 2001 Abyss.

COLOR: 2003 Ash.

COLOR: 2004 Ivory.

COLOR: 2181 Bone.

COLOR: 11 Tar.