Sunday, November 1, 2009

Lace Beret

Name: Lace Beret
Pattern: #24 Lace Beret by Kate Gagnon Osborn (Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2009)
Craft: Knitting
Made for me :o)
Size: 10.5 inch diameter
Start date: October 10, 2009
Completed date: October 22, 2009
Needle size: US 1½ / 2.5 mm and US 3 / 3.25 mm
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca
How much? 1.1 skeins = 216.7 yards (198.2m)
Colour: 3720 (Lot 601)
Purchased at: Mary's Yarns in Unionville, Ontario

I'm so sorry for the lack of update. I have been secretly knitting Christmas presents. There's a really big one in particular. Once you see it (and you have to see it!) you will forgive me for being MIA. I've been working on small projects like this hat when recipients of my gifts are around (like Jim...cough, cough)!

Yarn: My first time knitting with alpaca, and I am in love! It is oh so soft with just the right amount of fuzz to it. I've been wanting to try Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca for quiet some time now and this was the perfect project to try it out. I was not disappointed at all! There are some lovely sweaters on Ravelry that is made with this yarn (and most of them are in stockinette stitch). I have such admiration for those knitters, I don't think I can ever make a sweater with such a fine yarn and small needles! Let alone stockinette stitch...I would be bored out of my mind! Ok, back to the hat...I used one full skein and a few yards of the second skein. I hate it when this happens because it is a waste of money and now I have an extra skein sitting around the house.

Pattern:Nice and easy pattern to follow. No errata found in the pattern. I love it when this happens because it makes the knitting process so much more relaxing. I really like how the lace pattern zig zag back and forth. You can't really see the zig zag pattrn with the pictures I have taken, you'll just have to take my word for it until I have time to take more pictures!

Modifications: Using bigger needles than instructed in the pattern. I don’t own the size required for the pattern. Oh well! I never check guage, but it should be better with the bigger needles because I am a really tight knitter.

Blocking:Used my trusty 10.5 inch dinner plate to block the hat. As always, blocking made the hat super nice and the hat now has the appropriate shape. Can’t wait to wear it this winter! It's going to look so cute with my grey peacoat and pink Burberry scarf!