So, some of you might be familiar with the “divine hat“, and let me tell you: it is positively brilliant! It also gave me the chance to learn front post stitch/ back post stitch, which is one that you will definitely be seeing used here again. I started following the pattern, but after the first round or two, I kinda just did my own thing.
Anyway, I had been wanting to make a beret type hat for a while now, and I thought “why not combine the divine hat pattern with a beret?” After all, the only real difference between your typical hat shape and a beret is that the circle at the top is bigger and the decreasing more drastic.
So, this is more a “recipe”, because it’s a stylistic adaptation of someone else’s pattern:
It uses a J hook and then an H hook, and Caron Simply Soft. (Nearly a full skein of the stuff, if you have the average size.)
Fps=Front Post Stitch (if you are unfamiliar with this stitch, like I was, just look here for a nice tutorial on it as well as the back post. It makes a lovely end product, and it’s really easy.)
Bps=Back Post Stitch
- Make a “magic circle” (Which you make thusly: You take the yarn, and make a square knot, only you don’t pull it tight. It keeps the center of circular pieces nice and closed, because you can tighten it after the stitches have been made in it, unlike just chain stitching a loop.)
- Dc 15 around the magic circle (using J hook)
- Fps around the circle in every stitch
- fps in every fps stitch, dc in between the fps
- make sure that your fps are lining up, in order to make that spiffy swirl pattern
- increase 1 dc in each space between the fps every other row- as the circle expands, you’ll still have the same amount of fps lines
- continue until your circle is roughly 4 to 6 inches bigger than your head in diameter (all on one side)
- make a new fps in the middle of every space between the fps rows already present
- switch to your H hook! go around 2 or 3 rounds, then decrease 1 dc in every segment of dc’s in between the fps (do NOT decrease out any fps) every other row for 3 or 4 rows, then every row until it is the right size opening for your head
- do 2or 3 rows where every other stitch is fps, and the ones between are bps, sc 1, sl 1, tie off and weave in ends. Tighten the magic circle by pulling on the original loose end, and tie a knot in it, then weave it in.
- So there you have it! One “divine” beret. 😀