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Larch Beret in Traditional Fair-Isle

Larch vintage beret in traditional fair-isle knitting. Free pattern.

Materials

Patons Beehive Fingering 4 ply wool (fingering weight) in the following colours:

1 ball Light Natural,
Small Quantities of Blue, Yellow, Pale Yellow, Dark Green, Scarlet and White.

1 set of old UK size 10 / US 3 / Metric 3.25mm double pointed needles (and a 16" circular needle to begin with if desired).

Gauge

7½ stitches to the inch in width, measured over stocking stitch knit on 3.25mm needleS

Size

Diameter - 8¾ ins

Head Band slightly stretched - 17"

Abbreviations

LN = Light Natural

B = Blue

Y = Yellow

PY = Pale Yellow

G = Dark Green

S = Scarlet

W =White.

Pattern

Using LN, cast on 112 stitches. If using DPNs place 40 sts on 1st Needle and 36 on each of 2nd and 3rd Needles

Work 8 rounds in K1, P1 rib

Next round: * K1, inc. in next st. knitwise, rep. from * to end of round. (168 sts)

Knit 2 roundS

Proceed in Fair Isle patt. (every round knit), joining in and breaking off colours as required.

Rounds 1-20 in words:

1st round: 2 LN, * 1 B, 3 LN, rep . from * to last 2 sts, 1 B, 1 LN

2nd round: * 1 LN, 3 B, rep. from * to end of round.

3rd round: * 2 B, 2 Y, 1 B, 2 Y, 3 B, 1 Y, 1 B, rep. from * to end of round.

4th round: * 2 B, 5 Y, 2 B, 3 Y, rep. from * to end of round.

5th round: * 2 PY, 1 G, 3 PY, 1 G, 2 PY, 1 G, 1 PY, 1 G, rep. from * to end of round.

6th round: * 3 PY, 1 G, 1 PY, 1 G, 3 PY, 3 G, rep. from * to end of round.

7th round: * (1 S, 3 W) twice, 2 S, 1 W, 1 S, rep. from * to end of round.

8th-13th rounds: As rounds 6-1 in backward order, i.e., 6, 5, 4, 3, etc.

14th and 15th rounds: Using LN, knit.

16th round: * 1 G, 3 LN, rep. from * to end of round.

17th round: * 1 LN, 1 G, rep. from * to end of round.

18th round: 2 LN, * 1 G , 3 LN, rep. from * to last 2 sts, 1 G, 1 LN

19th and 20th rounds: Using LN, knit.

Rounds 1-20 charted:

Fairisle chart nuber one for the Larch Beret in fair-isle knitting

21st-33rd rounds: As rounds 1- 13.

34th round: Using LN, knit.

35th round: Using LN, * K2tog, K2, rep. from * to end of round. (126 sts)

36th round: As 34th round.

Work Crown as follows:

In Words:

1st round: * (1 Y, 1 B) four times, 1 Y, K2tog Y, (1 Y, 1 B) five times, rep. from * to end of round. (120 sts)

2nd round: * (1 B , 1 Y) four times, 3 Y, (1 Y, 1 B) three times, 1 Y, 2 B, rep. from * to end of round.

3rd round: * 2 B, (1 Y, 1 B) twice, 2 Y, slip 1, K2tog B, psso, 2 Y, (1 B, 1 Y) twice, 3 B, rep. from * to end of round.

4th round: * (1 B, 1 Y) three times, 1 Y, 3 B, 2Y, (1 B, 1 Y) twice, 2B, rep. from * to end of round.

5th round: * (1 PY, 1 G) twice, 2 PY, 1 G, slip l, K2tog G, psso, 1 G, 2 PY, (1 G, 1 PY) twice, 1 G, rep. from* to end of round.

6th round: * 1 G, 1 PY, 1 G, 2 PY, 5 G, 2 PY, 1 G, 1 PY, 2 G, rep. from* to end of round.

7th round: * 1 PY, 1 G, 2 PY, 2 G, slip 1, K2tog G, psso, 2 G, 2 PY, 1 G, 1 PY, 1 G, rep. from * to end of round.

8th round: * 1 G, 2 PY, 7 G, 2 PY, 2 G, rep. from * to end of round.

9th round: * 2 W, 3 S, slip 1, K2tog S, psso, 3 S, 2 W, 1 S, rep. from * to end of round.

10th round: * 1 S, 1 W, 7 S, 1 W, 2 S, rep. from * to end of round.

11th round: * 2 W, 2 S, slip 1, K2tog S, psso, 2 S, 2 W, 1 S, rep. from *to end of round.

12th round: * 1 S, 1 W, 5 S, 1 W, 2 S, rep. from * to end of round.

13th round: * 2 PY , 1 G, slip 1, K2tog G, psso, 1 G, 2 PY, 1 G, rep. from * to end of round.

14th round: * 1 G , 1 PY, 3 G, 1 PY, 2 G, rep. from * to end of round.

15th round: * 2 PY, slip 1, K2tog G, psso, 2 PY, 1 G, rep. from * to end of round.

16th round: * (1G, 1 PY) twice, 2 G, rep. from * to end of round.

17th round: * 1Y, slip 1 , K2tog Y, psso, 1 Y, 1 B, rep. from * to end of round.

18th round: Using B, knit.

19th round: Using B, * K2tog, rep. from * to end of round

Thread wool through remaining sts, draw up and fasten off securely

Crown Charted

Fairisle chart for the crown of Larch, beret in traditional fair-isle knitting

Finishing

Cut a circle of cardboard 8i ins in diameter. Insert this into beret and using a hot iron and a wet cloth press work on wrong side. Remove cardboard.


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