Striped Beret - 1970
This week I have a striped beret from the Heads to Toes booklet. I don't really like pom-poms and I wasn't sure about the stripes but I had yarn that came close to the photo so thought I'd give it a try.
This hat uses worsted weight yarn and the pattern gives the amount for the hat and scarf together (4 ounces each of four colors) so I had to guess on the amounts for the hat. I figured that I'd need about an ounce of each color, maybe a little more on the cream stripes. It uses an H hook so I thought this would go fairly quickly and I was right.
The directions are pretty well written, especially on the rows that have increases and decreases. It's worked top down, changing colors almost every row. There are a few sections where it tells you to increase the same way you were for the next two rows but it's basic circle increases so it wasn't hard to understand.
This took me about two hours to make and it turned out much better than I expected. We were headed out to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum the next day so I sewed the ends in on the way there and then wore it that day. It was a beautiful fall day with temps in the 60s and the hat did a great job of keeping the wind from blowing my hair all over the place without being so warm I was sweating. I even got a compliment from the cashier in the café.
I'm considering making a second one in a colors that match my fall jacket a little bit better and giving this one away. Maybe to someone who likes the Minnesota Wild since the colors sort of match those team colors.
Here it is on me at the Arb. The first photo is in the nut tree area and the second is by the grasses. This one definitely gets a 5 out of 5.
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I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.