Spring grass beret

Spring grass beret

Spring grass beret

Man I am on fire with the patterns right now! But it’s just because I love you.

This cute little beret came from the weekly designers mini-challenge on Ravelry. The challenge was to produce an item with the  following features:

Object: Hat
Theme: Springtime! But flowers are not allowed!
Technique: Must incorporate double crochet* (for crocheters) and nupps (for knitters).

*American notation i.e. British triple crochets

I have some lovely green cashmere I’m recycling out of a cardigan that’s become too small for me (and got moth holes grrrrr!) . Double stranded it’s like 2ply laceweight and is strong enough to work. Single ply it’s just too breakable.

I reckon you should be able to make this easily with 50g of 2ply laceweight yarn. I weighed the finished object at about 30g. I need to get some digital scales  to help me calculate meterage.

Close up of rows 1-5

Close up of rows 1-5

I used a 2mm hook and the first 5 rounds should measure 9cm (3.5in) across. Use whatever hook you need to get your gauge right. To be honest this pattern can safely be worked up a little looser gauge than I’ve made it if you’d like a little more slouchy look.

I’ll be using British notation to write this up. Do not turn at the end of rounds.

Dc= Double crochet,  Tr= Triple crochet, Htr= Half triple crochet, Ch= Chain, Tr2tog = Triple 2 together, [ ]= repeat section between brackets the given number of times, Sk = skip e.g. Sk2ch means skip the next 2 chain stitches Slst = slip stitch, Sp= space.

To Tr2tog yarn over, insert hook into next stitch draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops, yarn over and insert into next stitch, draw up another loop, yarn over and draw through two loops, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.)

Where the pattern says to “Slst in 3rd Ch to join” it means the 3rd chain of the current row i.e. the 3rd of the vertical chains with which you began the row.

All photos in this post are copyright of the fabulously talented Miss South of North/South Food April 2011.

Make a magic ring and Ch 3.

R1. Tr 19 times in the ring. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch 1.

Edited to correct: R2. Dc in each tr. Sl st in 1st Ch to join. Ch 5.

R3. [Tr 2 Ch2] 9 times. Tr and Slst to 3rd Ch to join. Ch 5.

R4. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in each of the next 2 Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch,  2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.

R5. [Sk2ch, Tr in each of next 4Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr in each of next 3 Tr, Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch9.

R6. [Sk3ch, Tr in each of next 4 Tr, Ch6] 9 times. Sk3ch, Tr in each of next 3Tr, Sl st in 3rd ch to join. Ch6.

R7. [Tr in Ch6Sp, Ch3 Tr in next 3 Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Tr in Ch6Sp, Ch3, Tr in next 4 Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.

R8. [Sk3ch, 3Tr in next Tr, Ch3, Sk3ch, Tr in next 5 Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk3ch, 3Tr in next Tr, Ch3, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4 Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R9. [Sk3ch, 2Tr in each of next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk3ch, 2Tr in each of next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next 4 Tr. Slst in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R10. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch2, Tr in next 2Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2] 9 times.  Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch2, Tr in next 2Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 2Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R11. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch3 Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch3, Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R12. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch4 Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch4, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R13. [Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.

R14. [Sk2ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch3, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch4 Sk4ch, Tr in next 7Tr, Ch3, Sk2ch. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch6.

R15. [Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch3 Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, Tr2tog, Ch3, Sk3ch, 2Tr in next Tr, Ch3] 9 times. Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 5Tr, Ch3, Sk4ch, Tr in next 5Tr, Tr2tog, Ch3, Sk3ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R16. [Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk3ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 4Tr, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next 4Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk3ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R17. [Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 3Tr, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next 3Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr. Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R18. [Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch, Sk2ch, Tr in next 2Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr in next 2Tr, Ch, Sk2ch, Tr in next 2Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch.  Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch5.

R19. [Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Ch, Sk, Tr in next Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch, Tr in next Tr, Ch2] 9 times. Sk2ch, Tr2tog, Tr, Ch, Sk, Tr in next Tr, Tr2tog, Ch2, Sk2ch.  Sl st in 3rd Ch to join. Ch2

R20. Htr all around. Slst in 2nd Ch to join. Finish off and work in ends.

As ever comments and clarifications are welcome. This should be a fairly quick and easy project for all that the instructions might look a bit complicated. I think it would look really nice in sunny autumnal colours too!

The finished beret

The finished beret

Oo la la!

Oo la la!