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.
(fits 19–23” / 48–58 cm head circumference)
Brim Circumference: approx 18” / 46 cm 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” / 40 cm US2 / 2.75 mm circular needle for brim
1 16” / 40 cm US5 / 3.75 mm circular needle for body of hat
1 set of US5 / 3.75 mm double pointed needles for top of hat and I-cord
28 sts / 36 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette st on US5 / 3.75 mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.