Snowbound Beret

This is my new perfect hat. It’s fuzzy and soft and simple. It’s a beautiful grey with an ivory halo. The colour is called Snowbound, perfect for my winter fantasy.

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Ravelry notes here. The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed LOFT, with Shibui Silk Cloud. My first time holding yarn double! All that means is you are knitting with two strands of yarn together, making each stitch with the doubled-up threads. It’s quite simple, just hold both yarns together treating as if they were one and knit!

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I bought this yarn at Knit Purl in Portland Oregon (land of no tax on yarn!) There was a sample made up, in orange, and while I love orange as you might have noticed from all my recent orange sweaters, I thought this style would be perfectly simple in soft grey. Especially with the soft fuzziness from adding the Silk Cloud yarn.

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Isn’t that gorgeous?

Here’s another close-up – can you see the two yarns, one thin and ivory, one grey with flecks of darker grey? I love the swirl pattern on the top too.

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Pattern is Cashmere Beret. It’s knit on tiny sock-size needles, which makes it much slower than a worsted-weight hat, but fancier. People might not think this hat is hand-knit, it’s so delicate.

I had a hard time photographing a light grey beret against my beige walls, so I turned towards the window. It works pretty well!

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I started knitting this hat while in Portland over the holidays and finished before we left! It became my take-along project, I knit it in coffee shops and while waiting for Mr. Sewaholic to get his hair cut. It will always remind me of that lovely winter in Portland.

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It sits loosely on the head, which I’m not used to. I’m used to toque styles that hug the head. But this I like, it sits on your head elegantly without squishing your hair.

Here’s what it looks like on the inside:
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It’s light enough, both lightweight and light in colour, that I think I can wear it into the spring. Spring is still chilly here and this beret will look sophisticated while keeping me warm. It’s a winner! Now I want to try more projects with two strands knitted together.


39 Responses to Snowbound Beret

  1. Sunni February 14, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    I die over your knitting projects my dear! Seriously! It makes me want to knit (and I really don’t know what’s been stopping me from picking up this lovely hobby). And I’m so glad you’re into the orange because I love orange too. This is such a lovely beret. So pretty and you look so fabulous in a hat! Love!

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      Thank you! Well, it is pretty time-consuming.. and you’ve made two entire outfits in a week including jackets, so I can see how it might be hard to fit knitting into your life at the moment! Not to mention running a business and a blog :) It’s a great alternative though if you’re looking for a similar but different hobby for making stuff.

  2. Alice February 14, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    This is quite lovely ! Very delicate ! I wish I had the patience and skills to make a similar one !

  3. nothy February 14, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Beautiful work Tasia. I wish I had the patience to knit. Sewing is all I can handle these days.

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      It’s a different mindset than sewing, and certainly not as fast to get to the end result!

  4. Maggie February 14, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    So pretty! I have seen a bunch of patterns with the yarn held double and it always seemed very daunting to me, but if it is as easy as you make it sound…I might have to give this a try! This is immediately going into my favorites on Ravelry :)

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      Oh no, it’s not daunting at all! I tried to make it sound as easy as it is. Literally, you have two balls of yarn in front of you (or in your bag or wherever) and you grab the loose end of one, then the other, then pretend it’s just one thicker strand and go!

  5. Lindsay February 14, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    What a gorgeous beret! I love how delicate it is. It seems like all my favorite sewing bloggers have taken up knitting; I’m going to have to learn one of these days :)

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      I’m hooked! It’s been almost 3 years now and I’m so glad I learned.

  6. Annette February 14, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    I love this hat. Between the way you described the yarn and the photo I can image the way it feels.
    Reading your blog is almost inspiring me to get my needles and some yarn from my stash. Almost.

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      I’m so glad my descriptions are having the desired effect! That’s the hardest part about blogging something tactile. Part of the beauty of sewing and knitting projects is the feel, the movement, the texture, things that are harder to convey through words and images alone.

  7. Kelly February 14, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Beautiful hat, my sort of ideal too! The color is gorgeous and it looks so soft!

  8. Jessica February 14, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Lovely! Very sophisticated and versatile. Some of my favorite projects involve double stranded knitting – wool with some sort of silk and/or mohair blend, for fuzz, softness, and decreased pillage. So glad this will bring back good memories of Portland! (Did I mention that I moved here? The tax-free yarn shopping is dangerous!)

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Ooh lucky you! Excellent yarn shopping and no tax either! :) That’s an interesting tip about adding yarns to reduce pillage. Pilling is a pet peeve of mine so I’m all over things that will help reduce it!

  9. CGCouture February 14, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I really like all the hats you’ve made lately, but I tend to avoid hats because they always make my hair messy and static-y. How do you avoid that?

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      I have the same issue, it’s sort of a compromise based on the weather. The colder it is, the more I sacrifice nice hair for a warm head. I find if I straighten my hair instead of leaving it curly, it looks better after wearing a hat. Also growing out my bangs has helped too. So in part it helps if the hairstyle you start with is less maintenance. :)
      Also it depends on the hat. This one touches the head lightly, sitting on the back of my head all stylishly. So it only statics up the top of my head and I can smooth that back down.
      My Aesderinas though, they leave ribbing-marks on my forehead! But when it’s really cold, a warmer hat is where it’s at. This light one isn’t quite as warm and I have to hold it down on my head if I run so it doesn’t fly off :)

  10. Anonymous February 14, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    I really like the paprika-colored sweater about which you posted a couple of weeks ago, but THIS? This makes me want to rush out and find the yarns and supplies I need to knit it immediately. Now, mind you, I’ve never cast a knitted stitch in my life, but I adore this! This is so pretty and relaxed and just perfect.

    • Tasia February 14, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      Thank you! That’s a wonderful compliment, thanks so much. I want to say go for it! Once you master the knit stitch and the purl stitch, you can make pretty much anything. This might be a little annoying as a first project because of the tiny needles, it will feel like it’s taking forever to make progress. But if you do take up knitting, this isn’t the hardest project in the world for maybe a third or fourth knitted project.

  11. Dolce Vita February 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    I didn’t know you went to KnitPurl! That’s my favorite yarn store! I love their shibui yarns :)

    • Tasia February 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      I did go there! It’s a gorgeous store. Friendly staff, beautiful yarns, binders full of patterns to browse. So lucky that that’s your LYS!

  12. maddie February 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    This looks super cozy! Good job Tasia! I’m totally wish I had one for this crazy weather we’re having!

  13. Stephanie February 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    What a gorgeous hat. I have been looking for a carry with me project, this is perfect. I am currently working knitting a lace shawl with two strands of 2ply. Fun…

  14. Laura February 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Oh, this is just gorgeous! Your knits always turn out so gorgeous.

  15. Nancy February 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Gorgeous! Where do you find your patterns? I’ve never knitted a hat before but I’d like to try. I’ve knitted sweaters and scarves, so a hat would be new. And in this weather, a new warm hat would be perfect.

    • Tasia February 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      Mostly Ravelry, I see someone else making a project I like, so I go find the pattern and save it to my favourites. This one specifically I liked because I’d seen a sample in a store, knit up for people to touch and try on.
      For hats, I like Jane Richmond’s patterns – especially if you’re new to hats, they’re easy to follow and well written. Good luck!

  16. Sarah February 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    It’s really lovely. I’m knitting with 2 strands at the moment, the featherweight cardi by Hannah fettig, just because I liked the weight of my double stranded swatch better! It’s lace weight merino-silk and knitting up gorgeously! I’m just psyching myself up to starting the sleeves with dpns for the first time – wish me luck!

    • Tasia February 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

      Good luck! That sounds lovely,even the language sounds pretty: “featherweight” and “lace-weight merino silk”!

  17. Virginia February 15, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    I go all gaga for knitting done with very fine needles, it looks so luxurious and high quality. :-)

    • Tasia February 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      I totally agree! It’s so delicate.

  18. silencioestoycontando February 15, 2014 at 3:04 am #

    Perfect yarn. Perfect pattern… so perfect result!!!


  19. Annie February 15, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Very pretty hat, Tasia. Did you block it on a plate? If so, I wonder what size plate you used.

    • Tasia February 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      I did, I only have one size of dinner plates so I used those! The pattern does specify what diameter of plates to use, I believe that I only had plates 1″ smaller than required, but they worked OK. There are two sizes of hat in this pattern as well, each asks for a different size of plate. (I can’t remember the exact dimensions as it’s a printed pattern, not PDF and I’m not sure where it is at the moment! But it does tell you in the pattern what is the best size to use.) Hope this helps!

      • Annie February 17, 2014 at 8:05 am #

        Thanks — that helps a lot. You may be interested to hear that you got me to take up knitting again after years of hiatus (though I knit only a few very basic things back then). After seeing the Aesderina hats you made, I made two of my own, one for me and one for my husband, and we both love them. I am on my third project (Ysolda’s Gretel hat) and seriously hooked on knitting. Thank you!

        • Tasia February 17, 2014 at 10:49 am #

          I am so happy to hear that! Knitting is addictive. I feel like now is the perfect time to get back into knitting, there are so many great patterns and designers and a wealth of information online!

  20. Levone February 15, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    Great hat!

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  22. Catherine February 17, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    Another lovely knit Tasia and it looks great with your Robson!

  23. Camilla February 17, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Ooh this is sooo cute on you. Love the biscuit coloured yarn you’ve used.

  24. Beth March 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    Lovely knit!