For all my Koigu-related whining, this little beret turned out pretty good, don’t you think?

Pattern: the Purl Beret.

Yarn: Koigu KPM, color #1160, 2 skeins.

Needles: a variety of US 3 dpns and circs, all Susan Bates.

As I mentioned earlier, the trick to making this yarn work for me was to knit it at a looser gauge. Once I grabbed my US 3 needles, the fabric was nubbly and drapey and wonderful. I did have to knit the ribbing on US 0 needles, however, to make sure the beret stayed on. I also opted to use the tubular cast-on for a smooth and seamless start.

I had a bit of trouble figuring out how long to make the “body” of the beret. The minimum suggested (3″) was far too short; 4.5″ ended up being too slouchy after blocking. I think 3.75″ was just about right, and the beret was about 11.5″ in diameter on a flat surface.

The beret was intended for a friend, and I hope she likes it! Honestly, it’s about time the Koigu and I parted ways – it’s been two years and many false starts. So long, richly-colored and fabulously-textured friend!


34 thoughts on “Purly

  1. erin

    Wow! Not only is that a beautiful beret, but I am the first one to post a comment. I hope your friend enjoys your wonderful gift.

  2. Jessica

    For the first time, your photos showed up in Google Reader. I don’t know if that was an intentional move on your part, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Like many people, I read all my blogs through an aggregator and rarely visit the blogs themselves. I’m very happy that your photos are showing up.

  3. Alison

    Hmmm, now I want a beret, I’m so impressionable… I love that color, and it looks adorable on you, intended gift or not!

    Happy knitting-


  4. Kenny

    Parted ways….. how can you NOT like Koigu…. I know it’s been difficult, but the beret is gorgeous!!! Everything you do is gorgeous!

  5. margieinmaryland

    BEEE you ti ful!

    Thanks for showing us – I have quite the stash of Koigu – this seems like a worthy cause.

  6. margaux

    i love this hat!! so cute on you! 🙂 That’s for the notes on how much you knitted because I’ve often thought about making this!! 🙂 CUTE!

  7. Yakira Heistand

    Lovely! I’ve been following your complaints about KPM with great concern. I’ve got two skeins that I’ve been wanting to make into socks. I’ve started them three times only to frog after a few inches. I too, couldn’t seem to get the right gauge. I think I will try the 3’s, they just seem so big next to the yarn.

  8. Sarah

    This is gorgeous! I’m glad you found something that worked for you – I’ve never been able to make koigu work for socks either.

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