Mon Amie Beret ~ Free Knitting Pattern

Hi Knitting Friends!

I have a free knitting pattern to share today, and if you’d like an ad-free PDF download, you can buy the PDF for $2 in my Ravelry Shop. My Mon Amie Beret is reversible with one nubbly side and one side with a “cracked rib.” It’s knit from super bulky yarn so it’s a speedy make for Fall!

If a favorite hat is like a favorite friend – warm, sweet and multifaceted – why shouldn’t your newest hat be the same?



Mon Amie is a soft and slouchy beret, knit in the round from the bottom up. And it’s reversible! Make one for yourself and your favorite amie!

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Sizing
One size: to fit head circumference up to 24 in/61 cm
Length (center top to brim): 9.5 in/24 cm
Brim circumference (unstretched): 20 in/51 cm

Yarn Requirements
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Blossom #640103, 1 skein
6 oz / 170 g (106 yd/97 m), 80% acrylic, 20% wool



Needle Size
16 in/40.5 cm circular needle: US size 9 (5.5 mm)
16 in/40.5 cm circular needle: US size 15 (10 mm)
Double-pointed needles: US size 15 (10 mm)



Gauge
9.5 sts and 16 rows = 4 in/10 cm over 2×2 rib on smaller needle
8 sts and 12 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle

Notions
Detachable stitch marker
Yarn needle



Abbreviations
Cm – centimeters
Co – cast on
Dec – decrease
In – inches
Inc – increase
K – knit
K2tog – knit 2 together
Kfb – knit front and back
Pm – place marker
Psso – pass slipped stitch over
P – purl
Rep – repeat
Rnd(s) – round(s)
Sl – slip
St(s) – stitch(es)
Wyib – with yarn in back

Skill Level
Intermediate



Brim
CO 48 sts with smaller needles. Pm and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep rnd 1 until piece measures 2 in (5 cm) from cast-on edge.

Body
Inc Rnd: With larger needle, *k2, kfb; rep from * around…64 sts.
Begin working in pattern as follows.
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep around.
Rnd 2: *K around.
Rep rnds 1-2 until piece measures 7.5 in (19 cm) from cast-on edge, ending with rnd 1.



Crown
Note: Change to DPNs when sts become difficult to work on circular needle.
Dec rnd 1: *K5, sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…48 sts.
Even rnd: *K1, p1; rep around.
Dec rnd 2: *K5, sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…36 sts.
Even rnd: *K1, p1; rep around.
Dec rnd 3: *K1, sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…18 sts.
Even rnd: *K1, p1; rep around.
Dec rnd 4: *Sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…6 sts.



Finishing
Break yarn, leaving a 10 in (25.5 cm) tail. Thread working yarn through remaining 6 and pull tightly to close the top of the hat. Weave in ends.

Happy Hatting to you, Knitters! Come visit me again soon. As always, if you enjoy this free pattern, please consider clicking some ad links here on my site to support more free designs! Thank you so much.



Yours in Stitches,

Sara

Marigold Beret: a free knitting pattern

Hi Knitters,

Growing up, my family moved cross-country a number of times and my mother would always plant marigolds along the front walkway of our new house so marigolds are a friendly and familiar reminder of home.

Check out these comments from my awesome testers!

“My beret is blocked, and it turned out lovely!…Thanks so much for letting me test this fun pattern.”



“Done! Such a fun and easy pattern. Blocking now. Thanks for letting me test. Would love to test for you again.”

“This pattern is very well written, and a really fun quick knit. I am making this again very soon in pink.”



I’m including full charted instructions and written instructions so you can choose your own adventure!

Marigold Beret
by
Sara Kay Hartmann

The Marigold Beret features a textured botanical lace with a beautiful floral shape at the crown that reminds me of a sun-loving marigold.

YARN
Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364 yds [333 m]/ 7 oz [198 g]: Gold #E300_321
For Yarn Substitutions:
85 yds [78 m] or 1.6 oz [45 g] #4 medium/ Worsted Weight (Aran weight) acrylic yarn



NEEDLES
US 8 [5.0 mm] 16” circular needle
US 8 [5.0 mm] double pointed needles

NOTIONS
1 stitch marker
Yarn needle

GAUGE
10 sts and 17 rows = 4” in lace pattern after steam-blocking

SIZING
To fit head circumference 20-23” [51-58.5 cm]



FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 17” [43 cm] at brim unstretched
Length: 9.25” [23.5 cm] from brim to crown

NOTES
• This lace beret is worked seamlessly in the round from the bottom-up.
• This pattern includes full written and charted instructions.
• Switch to double-pointed needles when there are too few stitches to fit comfortably around circular needle.
• Lace is steam-blocked over a dinner plate to permanently open the lace and set the acrylic yarn into shape. Do not steam the ribbing.
• The stitch marker is moved one stitch position to the left at Round 9 on every repeat worked. Rounds 10-12 are worked as usual with the marker in its new position.



CHARTED INSTRUCTIONS
Brim:
With circular needle, CO 60 sts using elastic cast-on. Place marker and join for working in the round.
Round 1: K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rounds 2-10: Repeat Round 1.

Hat Body:
Work Chart 1 three times.
Round 9 Note: The stitch marker position shifts 1 stitch to the left at the beginning of Rnd 9. Work as follows: Remove marker, k1, place marker, continue to work the repeat as charted.

marigold chart 1



Shape Crown:
Work Chart 2 once.

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Break yarn leaving 12” tail. Thread tail through live sts and pull up tight to close top of beret.

FINISHING
Weave in yarn ends. Steam-block the beret evenly stretched over a dinner plate. Do not steam the ribbing.



WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS
Brim:
With circular needle, CO 60 sts using elastic cast-on. Place marker and join for working in the round.
Rnd 1: K1, p1; repeat from * around slipping marker as you come to it.
Rnds 2-10: Repeat Rnd 1.

Hat Body:
Rnd 1: *Yo, ssk, p5, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *K2, p5, k3; rep from * around.
Rnd 3: *K1, yo, ssk, p3, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: *K3, p3, k4; rep from * around.
Rnd 5: *K2, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * around.
Rnd 6: *K4, p1, k5; rep from *around.
Rnd 7: *K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p5; rep from * around.
Rnd 8: K5, p5; rep from * around.
Rnd 9: Remove marker, k1, place marker, *yo, k3, yo, ssk, p3, k2tog; rep from * around.
Rnd 10: *K6, p3, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 11: *K5, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo; rep from * around.
Rnd 12: *K7, p1, k2; rep from * around.
Repeat Rnds 1-12 twice more.



Shape Crown:
Rnd 1 (Decrease Round): *YO, ssk, p4, s2kp, k1; rep from * around…48 sts rem.
Rnd 2: *K2, p4, k2; rep from * around.
Rnd 3 (Decrease Round): *K1, yo, ssk, p2, s2kp; rep from * around…36 sts rem.
Rnd 4: *K3, p2, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 5 (Decrease Round): *K 1, k2tog, yo, s2kp; rep from * around…24 sts rem.
Rnd 6 (Decrease Round): *K2tog; rep from * around…12 sts rem.
Break yarn leaving 12” tail. Thread tail through live sts and pull up tight to close top of beret.



FINISHING
Stretch beret evenly stretched over a dinner plate. Steam to block and permanently set acrylic yarn. Do not steam the ribbing.

SCHEMATIC
Circumference: 17” [43 cm] at brim unstretched
Length: 9.25” [23.5 cm] from brim to crown



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ABBREVIATIONS

“ inches
cm centimeters
g grams
k knit
k2tog knit 2 together
m meters
mm millimeters
oz ounces
p purl
rem remaining
rnd(s) round(s)
s2kp slip 2, knit 1, pass both slipped stitches over (also called Central Double Decrease in Chart Legend)
ssk slip, slip, knit
st(s) stitch(es)
yo yarn over



I’ve been exploring knitted lace for the past few months, and learning so much! This pattern features lace charts, written instructions, and a schematic. I was tickled to work out the lace shaping at the top to create the sweet flower shape. I’ve shaped lace before, but never with an emphasis on creating an additional design element. I love learning new skills!

Thanks for visiting me today, I hope all is well your world of yarn!

Hugs and Stitches,
Sara



Lace Beret, A Free Knitting Pattern

Happy Friday, Knitters!

Red Heart Yarns is offering my lovely lace beret design as a free pattern download! It’s sized for adult Small and Medium: 20 (22)” head circumference.

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The skill level on this pretty beret is intermediate because the stitch counts change on certain rows when working the lace, so keep that in mind if you try out the pattern. The beret uses Red Heart’s With Love yarn, which is a plump and soft 100% acrylic yarn. Since it’s not wool, this could be a summertime or winter hat.

Check it out on Ravelry for more details.

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Thanks for visiting me today. I hope you are having fun making whatever you are making! Leave me a comment to tell me about it.

Yours In Stitches,

Sara

Fox & Fleur: A Knitting Pattern for All Ages

Hi Knitters!

Today I’m sharing a sweet design for foxy folk of all ages. Fox & Fleur is a stranded colorwork hat available to knit in 6 sizes: newborn, baby, toddler/child, adult small (teen), adult medium, adult large.

I designed the original cap as a baby shower gift for a friend’s baby girl on the way. Foxes and woodland creatures were the mommy’s nursery theme, so I ran with that and added a feminine touch with the tiny flower border (fleurs!) that runs above and below the fox faces.

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Mommy & Baby Twinsies!

I had this design test-knit by some awesome folks on Ravelry, and they helped to refine and enhance the pattern, so I know you’ll have a great experience. The pattern contains complete written instructions, a full colorwork chart, and tips for knitting the stranded colorwork.

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Use any aran-weight, smooth worsted yarn that comes in a good range of colors.

 

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It works for all ages, foxes are such a fun motif and so hot right now!

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Check out the Ravelry projects page to see how the hat knit up for others!

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I hope it makes you smile as you knit it and as you wear it. Whenever my daughter and I wear ours, we always get extra smiles from the people we meet. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting me today!

In Stitches,

Sara

 

My First Aran Sweater

Hi Knitters!

Last summer while sipping coffee at a play date, a dear friend of mine asked me a question. “Do you think you could knit an Aran sweater?”

How that little question changed my life as a designer and as a knitter!

I hesitated as I thought. “I don’t know.” I said. “I…think I could…”

The unspoken end of that sentence was “if I were good enough” or “if I weren’t too scared to try” or “if I could see it through” but as she waited for a reply, I skipped past  my automatic self-doubt and thought, “maybe I could.”

Maybe I could!

I had never attempted an Aran, had knit cables just a handful of times, and had never worked with more than one cable pattern at a time.

Our mommy conversations moved on, but I was still thinking about Arans.

Later as we packed our kiddos up in their car seats, I brought up the Aran sweater again. I found out that she especially loved Arans because she had lived in Ireland. She had loved it there and wished to bring home one of the amazing Aran sweaters she had seen, but never bought one because they were quite expensive.

I said, “Well, I’ve always wanted to make one, maybe I could do it as a design challenge for myself…it would probably take me a long time, but if I got through it and made one, would you like to have it?” She was very excited and said she would pay me, of course.

She is a rare gem who values handmade, and is willing to pay for it. I was grateful but declined the offer because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my creative life, it’s that payment = pressure. And pursuing creative passions under pressure can cramp the creativity and kill the passion. She kindly kept insisting, so we left it undecided.

Weeks went by.

I had Arans on my mind and worked to clear my plate of other projects, ordered some cream-colored yarn, and began doing research in earnest.

I used Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting, borrowed from my local library, as my tutor and started working on the design.

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At first, I puzzled over the hundreds of different cable patterns I found in stitch dictionaries and on Pinterest. How would I choose? What look was I going for? I studied many Aran sweaters, and decided I liked the strong look of a wide center panel. After a couple of false starts and struggling to swatch tricky but beautiful cables, I realized something important for all design and maybe for my life: I didn’t have to make it so difficult for it be beautiful.

Now on the lookout for simple cables, I landed on three that I had passed by in my earlier searches. I liked them and they were easy, so I adjusted two of them to mirror one another, and sequenced them to create seven panels across the front and back of the sweater.

Here is the chart I created in Excel for a single repeat of the front/back body.

Miss Clare’s Aran Sweater: single repeat of back and front body pieces (excluding neck shaping)

Chart Keys

If you look closely at the chart, you’ll see that the entire sweater is made up of knits, purls, 6-cross cables and 8-cross cables. It’s the strategic placement of the cables to create the central horn cable, the plaits, and the twists that gives intricacy to the entire sweater.

I was tickled pink by the fact that the cables coordinated with one another in 4-row and 8-row repeats. This also simplified the puzzle of remembering which cables to work on which row. Once I had my sea legs, the cables told me what to do next. Well, they didn’t start talking or anything, but I could just look and see what should happen next.

That said, I did mis-cross a cable early on, but I caught the mistake before too many rows got away from me, and was able to fix it.

Setting out on uncharted waters…with my trusty knitting chart and Little Sweater Girl nearby!

I worked on this project for about 6 weeks finishing in mid-November. Once the knitting was done, those separate sweater pieces sat on my dining room table for nearly a week.

Because I was scared.

Totally cowed.

Terrified is not too strong a word.

of Finishing.

In the past, I felt triumph and heartbreak at completing the knitting and virtually ruining the finished product because of sloppy seaming.

But as before when the designing got hard, I was spurred into action by thinking of my friend and her excitement over the sweater. I just had to get over it and make it for her.

Finally plucked up my courage and committed the sweater pieces to the laundry tub for a wash.
View of the sweater in process, being blocked and sewn together.
Thar she blows! My First Aran design and knit.
Proud designer selfie.
My lovely friend, Miss Clare, wearing the sweater for holiday, 2016.

What a great experience it turned out to be. What a confidence-building adventure. What a reward to see my friend wearing and loving her sweater that she told me reminds her of one of the happiest times in her life. Thank you for asking, Miss Clare.

So when’s the last time you thought, “maybe I could…

If you think maybe you could, you should!

For the love of trying, and learning, and making your dreams come true however big or small they may be, you should.

In Stitches,

Sara


p.s. If you would like to use my charts to make an Aran, leave me a comment and I can share some more details like a chart for neck shaping and my sleeve pattern. You should also check out the Alice Starmore book, Aran Knitting.