Hilda Beret #H1101
This design was inspired by berets sold by Hilda, Ltd., an Icelandic company started in the early 1960's by an Icelander and her American husband. Their business operated in Reykjavik for almost 30 years, selling Icelandic wool garments and accessories.
Although this hat shape is not traditional to Iceland, the wool is. The various lengths of fiber in the long locks from Icelandic sheep are combined in the Lopi yarn to create a hairy, lightweight bulky yarn that sheds rain and snow. Three natural fleece colors were used for the patterning, which can be knit from written instructions or chart.
The beret is knit in the round without shaping to the crown where a special k2tog is worked to start the swirl patterning. It is finished with a hatband worked in single crochet over elastic cord to customize the fit. Instructions include an optional bobble to top the hat.
This design first appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of PieceWork magazine published by Interweave Press.
Pattern includes both written instructions and charts.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: 11" (28 cm) diameter across top; hatband circumference is customized
Yarn: 110 g (121 yds/111 m) Reynolds Lopi, 100% Icelandic wool, bulky weight yarn (7 wpi)
Color A: 50 g (50 yds/55 m) #0005 natural black
Color B: 30 g (33 yds/30 m) #0057 medium gray
Color C: 30 g (33 yds/30 m) #0054 pale gray
Needles: US size 10 (6 mm) 24" (61 cm) circular needles and set of 5 double-pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 13 sts = 4" (10 cm) in circular stockinette stitch (knit every round)
PDF pattern can be read with Acrobat Reader and printed on letter-size paper.
Please read Patterns page before ordering.