As the weather forecasters here in New England never cease to remind us, April is an unpredictable mix of bitter, rainy days and unseasonably warm, sunny ones. Classic Elite's Soft Linen yarn, it seems to me, was made for this spring weather with its perfect blend of linen, wool and alpaca.
Soft Linen inspired my lace beret. My goal with this beret was straightforward: design a spring hat with an easy-to-memorize lace stitch and a detailed panel. The six-stitch lace repeat offers the kind of melodic redundancy we knitters often enjoy (I almost sing the pattern to myself while knittingknit three, yarn over, double decrease, yarn over, knit three...). The lace panel at the beginning of the round adds interest, not only to the finished beret itself, but also to the knitting process.
The finished beret blocks beautifully, opening the lace stitches and adding enough slouch to keep me cool during warm sunny days, of which I (and my seedlings) hope there are many in the coming days. But just in case the clouds roll in, the wool and alpaca will dutifully keep me warm.
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35% linen, 35% wool, 30% baby alpaca
Soft Linen is a blend of alpaca, wool and linen that combine to make a yarn, which is both soft and sturdy. Soft Linen is a smooth DK weight yarn that lends itself well to knitted lace. Pieces worked in Soft Linen will hold their shape, while remaining soft to the touch. This makes it a particularly good choice for accessories that will get a lot of use, like hats, belts, shawls, scarves and mitts. Soft Linen is available in a palette of 19 refined, yet robust colors.
As Meg said above, the lace pattern repeat in her beret pattern is pretty easy to memorize. It's a repeat of 8 rounds, and every other round is knit, leaving only 4 rounds to memorize.
Learn more about decreases, yarn overs and double decreases.
Here is the free downloadable Soft Linen Lace Beret pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try these: page 1 - page 2