Slouchy Beret 3

slouchy beret in bamboo
slouchy beret in bamboo

I wanted to make a summer version of this. After consultation with Sonia I went for bamboo, in this case a strand of Stella in chocolate brown with a strand of Cleckheaton in a variagated colourway.

slouchy beret in bamboo
slouchy beret in bamboo

I cast on 88 stitches, used 4mm for the ribbing and then increased via knitting into front and back of every 5th stitch. Next row I changed to 6.5 mm needles – I wanted something really soft, drapey – airy – for hot Adelaide summers.

I think it has worked.

Thanks to Eric for doing the modelling:

slouchy beret in bamboo
slouchy beret in bamboo

Not that it is finished yet. What won’t I do for a pompom. I have a professional Pompomier coming to dinner on Saturday night. I am trading chocolate mousse for the most magnificent pompom. Assurances have been given.

Slouchy Beret in bamboo
Slouchy Beret in bamboo

Clarissa on the matter of berets.

Sonia commented yesterday that it was a pity Clarissa was not available to model the Slouchy Beret. I mentioned this to Clarissa last night and she wished to make the following statement: ‘Never will I be seen wearing the beret. The beret is for the man. Any hat which can fit in a pocket is not a hat that a well-dressed woman should wear.’

‘This,’ she said, ‘Is the hat for me’:

Clarissa's preferred hat
Clarissa's preferred hat

‘In fact,’ she continued, ‘It would have been me modelling that hat on the cover of Elegance: The Seeberger Brothers and the Birth of Fashion but I just couldn’t find a minute to give them. Vogue was taking every moment I had at the time. You remember that, don’t you?’ I did indeed. Vogue had decided to do an issue which had outer space as the theme. Who else but Clarissa would have been called in to advise on that topic? It is, however, a story for another day.

Slouchy Beret finished.

My father wanted a hat and after having a go at this beret, the free pattern for which can be found here:

I figured I’d ask Jan to do it for me and she came up with this, modelled by my photographer:

Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian
Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian

It looks good all sorts of ways:

Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian
Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian

A seriously French angle:

Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian
Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian

And, for we footy fans, a boy’s hat HAS to be able to do this:

Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian
Slouchy Beret by Anne Sahakian

It’s in some left over Eki Riva Natal which is a fine alpaca/silk mix. Took about a ball and a half. Really lovely to knit and to wear. Left over from the gorgeous cardigan I shrunk and felted to something a 5 year old couldn’t wear. Sob.