Monday, April 07, 2008

The Purl Beret

After I finished the Feather and Fan shawl I decided to go ahead and do another quick project instead of heading right back to the other shawl I have on the needles.

I decided on another hat. I have a bunch of Koigu KPPPM stashed away in two skein bundles that I got on clearance awhile ago and want to start using it. I got it thinking I'd use it for sock knitting. I've realized just how much sock yarn I have, so it won't hurt to repurpose a little of it.

I chose the Purl Beret pattern. The pattern indicates that it only takes one skein of Koigu, but I definitely needed part of a second. In fact, most of the top of the hat came out of the second skein. I did make the floppier version so maybe the smaller one would only take one skein, but I doubt it.

You can see that the Koigu did pool a little but during the decreases in the crown of the hat and during a few of the rounds in the square. I haven't seen it pool before. I do have some of that second skein leftover. I went ahead and made a blanket square with some of the leftovers. I might have enough left over for another baby hat.

Project Info
Pattern: The Purl Beret by The Purl Bee
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM; color P823
one and a partial skein used
Needles: addi TURBO - US# 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes: I added about 1/2 to the ribbing and knit the body of the hat about 4.5 inches tall; I have 22 grams from the second skein leftover after knitting the blanket square


turtlegirl76 said...

Ooh that's perfect for our weather down here! Great idea! I'll have to try a hat out of my vast sock yarn stash. It looks great in Koigu!

Bezzie said...

If you did cartwheels wearing that hat, I might be transported to another dimension. I love the pooling!!

And lucky baby getting a yet-to-be-made Koigu hat!

Lauren said...

Love the hat!

Anonymous said...

Your new hat is cooool! I really am
late, but wanted to thank you sooo
much for the "too little for you"
Noro mittens! They are beautiful!I
only got to wear them 3x's.I told your Mom I about lost my front teeth stretching out the thumbs,
but they fit now and look great!!
Thanks again so much-I love them
Kathy C.

Zonda said...

Ohhh! I likey!! Looks good on you! Those 2 skeins sure can make a lot!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Reason number 78 for why my sock stash isn't really that big: I can make a gorgeous purl beret from it! Seriously, you know I love repurposing the sock stash! Great idea! Looks good on you too!

Esoteric Knitter said...

Super cute!! :)

Mom said...

Love love love the color! Where did you get the pattern? I'd love to try one...and I like the floppy look. Was the pattern from a book, website or did you make it up yourself??? (Pretty fancy sides on your glasses girlfriend>>>)

Batty said...

I love that happy beret! Those colors, it's like spring in a hat. If I looked any good in berets, I'd knit one too. Yours came out simply amazing.

Monika said...

Very nice Beret! With Koigu nothing can go wrong. I'm still hoarding mine. How many squares do you have now? How many are you going for? Are you blocking them as they become done, or are you going to do a block party when you are done knitting them?

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Emily said...

Oh, I like that a lot. I think I'll add it to my Rav queue.