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I walk about two miles each way to and from work each day. The English winter weather gets pretty cold, but it's a good excuse to wear my hand-knitted and  crocheted hats. 

One morning about a year ago I decided I needed a purple beret, and a few days later I decided on the wool/silk blend yarn and the fern lace pattern.

The fern and moss stitch combination put me in mind of the Fern Glade walking track, on the slopes of Mount Wellington, just outside of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. My husband and I climbed this track one gloriously sunny but chilly morning on a visit there earlier this year.

 

 

SIZE

Fitted/purple [Slouchy/green] (shown in both sizes)

 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Brim circumference: 20[23] inches

 
MATERIALS
spacer RYC Silk Wool DK [50% Silk, 50% Merino Wool; 109yd/100m per 50g ball]; 2 balls
Shown in #307 Velvet (fitted purple beret) and #302 Porcelain (slouchy green beret)

Recommended needle size:
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[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

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GAUGE

22 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st using larger needles

 
PATTERN NOTES
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

sk2p: Sl 1, k2tog, pass slipped st over. 2 sts decreased.

2x2 Rib (Worked in the round over a multiple of 4 sts):
All Rounds: [K2, p2] to end.

Lace Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 18 sts):
Round 1: [K8, yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, k1, p1, k1] to end.
Round 2: [K9, yo, k1, yo, k2, k3tog, p1, k1, p1] to end.
Round 3: [K10, yo, k1, yo, k1, k3tog, k1, p1, k1] to end.
Round 4: [Sk2p, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3tog, p1, k1, p1] to end.
Round 5: [Sk2p, k3, yo, k1, yo, k9, p1, k1] to end.
Round 6: [Sk2p, k2, yo, k1, yo, k9, p1, k1, p1] to end.
Round 7: [Sk2p, k1, (yo, k1, yo, k3) twice, k3tog, k1, p1, k1] to end.
Repeat Rounds 2-7 as directed.

Round 8: [K9, yo, k1, yo, k2, k3tog, p1, k1, p1] to end.
Round 9: [K10, (yo, k1) twice, k3tog, k1, p1, k1] to end.
Round 10: [Sk2p, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3tog, p1, k1, p1] to end.
Round 11: [Sk2p, k3, yo, k1, yo, k6, k2tog, k1, p1, k1] to end. 17 sts in each repeat.
Round 12: [Sk2p, k2, yo, k1, yo, k6, k2tog, p1, k1, p1] to end. 16 sts in each repeat.
Round 13: [Sk2p, k1, (yo, k1, yo, k2) twice, k3tog, k1, p1, k1] to end.
Round 14: [Ssk, k6, (yo, k1) twice, k1, k3tog, p1, k1, p1] to end. 15 sts in each repeat.
Round 15: [Sk2p, (k2, yo, k1, yo,) twice, k3tog, k1, p1, k1] to end.
Round 16: [Sk2p, (k1, yo) twice, k5, k2tog, p1, k1, p1] to end. 14 sts in each repeat.
Round 17: [Sk2p, yo, k1, yo, k5, k2tog, k1, p1, k1] to end. 13 sts in each repeat.
Round 18: [K9, k2tog, k1, p1] to end. 12 sts in each repeat.
Round 19: [Ssk, k8, p1, k1] to end. 11 sts in each repeat.
Round 20: [K7, k2tog, k1, p1] to end. 10 sts in each repeat.
Round 21: [Ssk, k6, p1, k1] to end. 9 sts in each repeat.
Round 22: [K5, k2tog, k1, p1] to end. 8 sts in each repeat.
Round 23: [Ssk, k4, p1, k1] to end. 7 sts in each repeat.
Round 24: [Ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, p1] to end. 5 sts in each repeat.
Round 25: [K3tog, p2tog] to end. 2 sts in each repeat.
Round 26: [K2tog] to end. 1 st remains in each repeat.



DIRECTIONS
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Using smaller circular needle, CO 96[120] sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work in 2x2 Rib until work measures 1 inch.

Switch to larger needle and continue as follows:
Next Round: [K8(5), m1] to end. 108[144] sts.

Work Round 1 of Lace Pattern, then work Rounds 2-7 six[eight] times.

Work Rounds 8-26 of Lace Pattern. 6[8] sts remain.

Break yarn and draw through remaining sts, pull tight.

 

FINISHING

Weave in ends. Soak piece, then stretch over a circular form (eg. dinner plate) that is approx. 8[11] inches in diameter. Allow to dry completely.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER
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Megan lives, crochets, knits, designs, spins, dyes, and blogs in Oxford, England.

She also made a recent step towards escaping the rat race by opening a small etsy shop selling hand dyed and blended fibre for spinning. You can find her at I Saw Her Stranding There.

 

   
 

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