Baby Cables Baby Beret
by Candice Withrow
(Fort Collins, CO USA)
I've knitted a couple baby hats for my son, but he grew out of those so quickly! So I thought an over sized slouchy beret would be perfect for fall and nice to grow into.
I used Clover 16in circular bamboo needles size 8 and Hobby Lobby's I Love This Wool!, from Hobby Lobby. I wanted his hat to be warm and brown, and I had this yarn on hand.
I had a vision of this hat in my head for awhile, but doubted I'd have the time, especially since I had always given up on cables since they take forever! But this pattern from spindlesandspices.blogspot.com looked pretty simple and draped beautifully. Turned out it was so simple I had to add some more cables half way through, just to keep it interesting! I sort of made up cables as I went, which was really fun. As a left handed knitter, reading cable patterns is always a nuisance, so it was great to be free so to speak.
It felt like it knitted quickly, and I'm a slow knitter. Probably about an hour a night for a couple weeks, mostly while studying. I did get impatient and rushed the decrease rows-- I always do that with slouchy hats, because they look so big, but then they aren't as slouchy as I wanted. However, I think it worked out here.
With this hat I learned how fast you can knit with the right combination of yarn and needle. I also found that if you actually use wool the stitches don't unravel easily and you don't need a cable needle; this had never worked for me with acrylic and cotton yarns.
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