294. Sunburst Beret (crochet)

Crochet, project 294. Completed 23-Mar-2011

Wonderful yarn

I found a free pattern online for a cute beret. Unfortunately, the pattern called for discontinued yarn and had several serious problems (stated gauge was incorrect and other errors). I combined elements from at least three patterns to make a new beret pattern. The Berrocco Vintage DK yarn is pleasure to crochet with and withstands being ripped several times (as I discovered during pattern testing!)

This pattern is adapted from instructions and inspirations found in http://www.berroco.com (“Phannie”), http://gateauxetbisous.wordpress.com, (“Girlie Hat”), http://undervictoriashat.blogspot.com (“Sun Ray Slouch”), and Lily Chin’s book Crochet Tips and Tricks.

Crochet class

About 11” across; to fit women’s average size head.
GAUGE: Not essential. We’re working top-down until the beret is a specified size.

Yarn: 2.3 oz, 189.3 yds (0.65 skein) worsted weight yarn
1 ball Berrocco Vintage DK (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon), 288 yds / 263 m, 3.5 oz/100g ball

Crochet Hook:  US Size G-6 (4 mm) and US Size 7 (4.5 mm, which can also be called ”G”)

This pattern uses a special “back loop only” stitch from “Under Victoria’s Hat”:  insert your hook under the back loop and the rear horizontal bar, which is located below the top loops in the back of the stitch. This causes the top front loops to bend over and look like a long dash on the side facing you, which will be the wrong side when you are done. This is similar to “in the back loops only” but it is more stable.

“Color change join” — Adapted from Lily Chin. Work the last dc stitch until you have two loops on the hook. Insert hook into the top of the turning chain, yarn over hook, and pull through all loops on hook (both the turning chain and the 2 loops on the hook).