June 29, 2010
Heart Vines Beret ~ A Free Knitting Pattern
than the heart can imagine.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Swatching through Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury one day, I was struck by the subtle heart shape inherent in the un-blocked vine stripe pattern and instantly began to think about a special way to use it. To me, one of the most exciting moments in knitting is when your imagination goes wild with ideas and your hands can only follow one stitch at a time. Heart Vines reminds me that good knitting—like good living—needs imagination and heart.
Knit in the round from the bottom up, this lace beret is a simple instant-gratification knit! If you’ve ever struggled with lace, the easy-to-follow pattern will help you break through the barrier.
Knitting in the round
Increasing & decreasing
Using double-pointed needles
One-Size: to fit the average adult head
Height: 8 inches
Brim circumference, unstretched: 15 inches (38 cm)
Will comfortably fit head up to 24 inches (61 cm)
Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool
Fiber: 55% bamboo, 45% wool; 87 yd/80 m per 50 g ball
Color: Twilight; #3845; 2 balls
Patons Angora Bamboo
Fiber: 55% bamboo, 35% wool, 10% angora; 80 yd/73 m per 50 g ball
Color: Soft White; #90005; 2 skeins
1 16-inch US #8/5mm circular needle
1 16-inch US #9/5.5mm circular needle
1 set US #8/5mm double-pointed needles
16 sts/24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool
16 sts/22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, Patons Angora Bamboo
Using larger circular needle, CO 76 sts. Do not join. Slip cast-on sts to smaller circular needle. Pm and join for working in the round.
Round 1: *Knit 2, purl 2; rep from * around, slipping marker as you come to it.
Repeat Round 1, 8 times more.
Change to larger circular needle.
Increase Round: *K2, m1, k3, m1; rep from * around to last 3 sts, k3…105 sts.
Begin lace pattern:
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: * K3, (yo, k1) twice, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: * (K3, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 5: Knit.
Round 6: * K3, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl 1 – k2tog – psso, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 7: Knit.
Round 8: *K1, ssk, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k3, p2; rep from * around.
Round 9: Knit.
Round 10: *K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 (yo, k3) twice, p2; rep from * around.
Round 11: Knit.
Round 12: *K1, k3tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3, p2; rep from * around.
Rep rounds 1-12 twice more.
Note: Switch to double-pointed needles when you have too few sts to fit around the circular needle.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1…53 sts.
Rep rounds 1-2 twice more…14sts.
Round 3: *K2tog; rep from * around…7 sts.
Round 4: Knit.
Break yarn, leaving a 6-inch (15 cm) tail. Thread yarn through remaining live sts and pull tight to close up center. Weave in yarn ends. Block lightly if desired. Gentle steam blocking over a dinner plate will enhance beret’s slouchiness!
CO – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
rep – repeat
Sl – slip
yo – yarn over
ssk – slip, slip, knit
k2tog – knit 2 together
K3tog – knit 3 together
psso – pass slipped stitch over
pm – place marker