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Mismatched Yarn Felted Beret
By: Sayra Adams of www.hatdiva.etsy.com and www.atomicblue.etsy.com
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Use bulky mismatched yarn, preferably handspun yarn, to knit and felt a beret. This free form knitting pattern is a great way to use up scrap yarns and experiment with color combination. Read the introduction to this pattern and more information about Sayra at our blog.
This is a free form pattern. It helps if you’ve made berets before, but is not essential. This was the first beret I’d ever made! If you feel the beret is not going the way you want, either take out the stitches and start over, or just go with it. I cast on about 80 stitches. Filling the whole 18" flexible cord. (Although I used circular needles, I can’t “knit in the round” yet!.) I like circular needles, because you can hold up your project, and try on what you're working on.)
It was about 11pm at night, and everyone had gone to bed. I decided to do a load of towels, and throw the beret in the washer with them. I let the washer do it's first agitation cycle, and looked over the beret. It was near to the size I wanted, so I took a risk. I let it go the rest of the way! (it's very important to check your project during the first round of agitation) When finished, I took it out, and blocked it flat. The next day, I had a half dried gorgeous hat!
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