Cloudy Day

Yet another new pattern! Introducing the Cloudy Day beret...

Before the warmer weather of spring and summer completely set in, I expect some cloudy days ahead. This beret is a lightweight yet warm accessory perfect for an 'overcast-yet-not-freezing-outside' sort of day.

For this pattern I chose to work with Classic Elite Fresco yarn in the Celestial Blue colorway. 
It's a beautiful hazy gray with a slight halo from the 10% angora fiber content.

I've always loved the way complicated stitches look in an angora yarn. It's such a soft and pretty effect.. but really any fingering weight or sport weight yarn will do for this project.

The body of the hat is composed of bobble and lace stitches that remind me of the way pavement or a body of water looks like with droplets of water hitting it on a rainy day.

I found this repeatable stitch pattern to be fairly intuitive and easy to memorize, and I've included both charted and written instructions for it in the pattern.

Here is the pattern information for those of you who would like to knit up a Cloudy Day beret of 
your very own:

Women’s Medium–Large (fits 19–23” / 48–58cm head circumference)

Brim Circumference: approx 18” / 46cm  unstretched.

Classic Elite Yarns Fresco [60% Wool, 30% Baby Alpaca, 10% Angora; 164 yd / 150m per 1.75 oz / 50g skein]; color: Celestial Blue #5364; 2 skeins or approx 200 yd / 183m of a sport or fingering weight wool or wool blend.

Alternate Yarns: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, Blue Sky Alpacas Sport or Melange

1 16” / 40cm US2 / 2.75mm circular needle for brim
1 16” / 40cm US5 / 3.75mm circular needle for body of hat
1 set of US5 / 3.75mm double pointed needles for top of hat and I-cord
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

28 sts / 36 rows = 4” / 10cm worked in the round in St st on US5 / 3.75mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge

Happy rainy day knitting!