Overcautious

As I searched for the perfect beret pattern for my grandma, I came across every conceivable size and shape variety: snug at the base and puffy up top, slouchy all around, wide and flat… you name it! The possibilities didn’t stump me – fortunately, I know my grandma, and I know exactly the type of head topper she has in mind. However, the web-searching and magazine-flipping made me keenly aware that my knitting would be able to produce a multitude of styles, and that I had to proceed with caution (grandma being as selective as her granddaughter).

It seemed to me that, if in doubt, I should err on the small side, since puffy and slouchy are definitely not grandma’s cup’o’tea.

This is what you get for being overly cautious. Not so much a beret as a… Kufi. Gotta give that bad boy some oomph! Both horizontally and vertically! And this time, I’m using a circular needle – too many stitches for dpns at the widest point.

In other news, air travel was entirely uneventful, maybe even… bordering on comfortable! Look – courtesy slippers as you go through security! Nice!

45 thoughts on “Overcautious

  1. Ashley

    Well, that’ll be handy if your Grandma wants to convert to Islam, anyway. But I bet she wouldn’t get those paper slippers from security if she did. (HA! Just kidding, TSA! Really! Don’t no-fly-list me, please!)

  2. DebbieKnitter

    Hi, I just love your blog, I read it all the time and find myself wondering when your going to post some more gorgeous pictures…not like you do have other things to do other than supply us with knitting photos LOL. I just wanted to say that Wendy from Knit and Tonic knit an EACT beret anf elted it, it looks IDENTICAL to the Nordtrom’s one, I should know, I have it!! She mailed it to me as an incredibly sweet gift! You may want to email her and ask her about the pattern for the beret she made and mailed. Your grandma is one lucky gal to have all those beautiful gifts knit for her by such a sweet and loving granddaughter!!

  3. melanie

    I’m sorry..All I can think of is the poor person that actually has to go to work everyday and serge those beauties. I can imagine the papercuts.

    The beanie is cute though ;)

    Have a good trip

  4. Danielle

    Just wanted to let you know that all the letters to Skacel last summer have worked. I’m freshly home from TNNA in San Diego and Skacel has developed a line of “Lace Addi Turbos”. I knit a sample few rows with them and they are FABULOUS!!!! I can’t wait until they are available.

    Have a great day,

    Danielle

  5. lisa

    Have you seen the felted beret pattern in the Patons “where did you get that hat!” pattern book? It’s #577….looks a lot like the one from Nordstroms.

  6. lisa

    Oh, and the knit but not felted beret in the most recent Interweave is quick and easy and pretty much the shape she is looking for.

  7. Iris

    OK, not a knitting issue, but –

    When I view your blog currently in IE, the text is very small, and changing the text size via the view menu only affects the right hand panel. In Firefox, adjusting the font size affects the blog text as well. Also, I’m typing this comment in Firefox, and the right hand side of the text entry window is not actually displaying text.

    Weird.

    Now it looks like the right hand side of the text entry window is partly covered by the right side panel, and when I type and it runs under it, some of the text is also hidden.

  8. Hilary

    A kufi! Thank you so much! My brother, a jazz musician, wants me to knit him a cool hat like that, but I had no idea what they were called so that I could search for a pattern. (And I can always start from the IK one you used if I can’t find one … :)

    I actually think yours is very cute. It reminds me of Brownie Girl Scouts, somehow. And I *love* the yarn color.

  9. penny

    Glad I’m not the only one! My recent knit (no felting) beret looks more like a girl scout beanie because I didn’t want it too big… *sigh* I wish I had TSA slippers, I was working on hubby’s socks and he had to go through with a (store-bought) pair with holes in toes and heels. We were both mordified.

  10. Tonia

    LOL love the slippers. We didn’t get anything of that fine quality when we flew. It was “take off your shoes and walk through” in our sock feet.

    Yeah the beret needs a little something. :) It is cute though.

  11. Jen

    I love those slippers, ha! Ok, so the beret needs something – but the color is devastating! The hat is going to be GORGEOUS!

  12. jenna

    Hey! I have NEVER gotten courtesy slippers at security! I just stand on the scummy floor in my bare feet while praying that they don’t confiscate my knitting needles. What kind of VIP are you?!

    I knit my beret 3 times before I got the right amount of “oomph.”

  13. Martha

    I made the beret at the back of the last Interweave Knits, but mine came out decidedly Too Puffy. It’s really a fine line with berets.

  14. angelarae

    Ooooh! Like the wool beret! Did you notice the knitted cap in the Nordstrom’s sidebar? Reminds me of the one I knitted from SnB Nation. It was cabled and looked alot nicer. Guess you could use the beret pattern (she calls it Tam) in The Knitter’s Handy Book Of Patterns. Her pattern allows for all sizes, different finishes for the top, and various headbands. This is my ‘go-to’ book when I want to knit any kind of hat because she uses gauge and measurements to help you create your own pattern.

    Good Luck!

    Ang

  15. angelarae

    Ooooh! Like the wool beret! Did you notice the knitted cap in the Nordstrom’s sidebar? Reminds me of the one I knitted from SnB Nation. It was cabled and looked alot nicer. Guess you could use the beret pattern (she calls it Tam) in The Knitter’s Handy Book Of Patterns. Her pattern allows for all sizes, different finishes for the top, and various headbands. This is my ‘go-to’ book when I want to knit any kind of hat because she uses gauge and measurements to help you create your own pattern.

    Good Luck!

    Ang

  16. Mary Bridget

    The beret in the picture looks like something with a lot of firmness, like it’s felted. Have you looked at the beret pattern in Felted Knits. They have something in there.

    PS, those slippers look cold.

  17. Elisabeth

    Cute slippers. Do they make them available at the courtesy shops inside the security zone? Ya’know like a little souvenir of the entire security experience, or actually maybe they could give them out in exchange for the scissors and nail clippers that they confiscate. I haven’t flown anywhere since 2000 just because we haven’t had anywhere to fly to, but I’m hoping that when my husband and I go to Israel later this year that we might get to wear some nice slippers like that!

  18. Elise

    Wow, slippers? Are those for the 1st class security line? I have never seen those. I’m usually forced to shuffle through in my socks.

    The beret is so cute, almost like a little beanie.

  19. Magatha

    Take a look at the Budd handy book of patterns for your beret.

    Also, as said before, a pattern for a classic shaped, felted and blocked beret as in the Nordstrom pic is to had in Patons’ booklet, “Where did you get that hat?” I’ve made this pattern and you do get a beret very much like the one at Nordy’s

  20. Sarah

    Hey, that’s better than my first beret attempt — I wound up with something tall and pointy, which would maybe look cute on an elf or gnome, and even then it would have been a stretch!

  21. Beth S.

    It’s a beanie! All it needs is a little propeller on top. ;-)

    Wow… courtesy slippers! They sure didn’t offer us any of those the last time I flew…

  22. Allie

    That hat is so pretty, but so small for a beret. I never like restarting projects, but I know that when it’s done you and your grandmother will be so proud!

  23. becky c.

    Does it make me a lunatic if the first thing I thought when I saw the slippers was, “Those would be cuter with felted flowers on the toes.” My daughter wants a felted beret – I figure I have a one in 50 chance of getting it to look like a beret AND fit her head.

  24. Sue F.

    You can’t have gotten those slippers at Logan! But the hat is really very cute on you just as it is.

  25. Kathleen

    Did you see the opinion piece in the NYT about fast-lane security? You have to pay for it, but no shoe removal. Ugh, taking off shoes at the airport has always grossed me out. So, was it Logan? Bostonians (and Gloucesterians) want to know :)

  26. Kim

    Ha! I can’t believe they’re handing out those slippers now. The first time I had to go through and take my shoes off, it was summer and I was wearing sandals, so I had to go through barefoot. Um. Ewwwwww. I complained to the screeners and said they should at least give out paper slippers so we didn’t have to walk barefoot where thousands of other people walked barefoot. And they mocked me and threatened to hand search my bags. They were still laughing and mocking when I walked away.

    And now they have paper slippers!

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