Perfect for a walk in the woods, this playful cap requires five colors of Loft. The simple colorwork is good practice for beginners and invites you to make use of remnants or audition colors you might want to combine in a larger project. A single-rib tubular cast-on creates an elastic and durable edge. The crown decreases in six segments for a clean, uncluttered finish. The beret-inflected shape is universally flattering, and this quick project makes an excellent gift knit.
Fingering weight wool yarn:
- 40 yards Color 1 (C1)
- 20 yards each of Color 2 (C2), Color 3 (C3), and Color 4 (C4)
- 125 yards Color 5 (C5)
Brooklyn Tweed Loft — 100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool (275 yards/50 grams)
- 1 skein each of C1, C2, C3, C4, and C5
- Sample 1 photographed in colors Meteorite (C1), Wool Socks (C2), Embers (C3), Barn Owl (C4), and Woodsmoke (C5)
- Sample 2 photographed in colors Meteorite (C1), Tent (C2), Hayloft (C3), Woodsmoke (C4), and Fossil (C5)
Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.
24 stitches & 36 rounds = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size A needle or Sommers Chart pattern with Size B needle, after blocking
Size A (for Single-Color Rounds of Stockinette Stitch)
- One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
Size B (for Two-Color Rounds of Chart Pattern)
- One 16″ circular needle, one size larger than Size A
- Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Due to significant variance between knitters, your colorwork fabric should be swatched prior to knitting your garment to determine whether or not this needle size should be larger, smaller or equal to Size A. Please read about Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting (see Special Techniques).
Size C (for Ribbing)
- One 16″ circular needle, three sizes smaller than Size A
- Suggested Size: 2¼ mm (US 1)
Size D (optional; for Tubular Cast On only)
- One 16″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size C
- Suggested Size: 2 mm (US 0)
*32″ circular needle can be used instead of 16″ circular and DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.
Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
19″ [48.5 cm] circumference at brim; 24″ [61 cm] circumference at widest point; 8½” [21.5 cm] length
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
- Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting
- Color Dominance
- 1×1 Tubular Cast On (Circular Knitting; even number of stitches)