It takes a while to make a blanket, even longer if you are designing it and writing the pattern as you go along. Sometimes I need a break from a big project but my fingers still itch for hook and yarn.
The Innocent Smoothie Big Knit (or little crochet in my case) is perfect for just such an occasion, but typically I have to make my own little pattern up. I thought a beret would be sweet, a flower trimmed beret even sweeter. See below for the pattern and if you make one yourself, please share it with me on Instagram with #veraandbessmaker before you send it off to do some good.
A very small amount of any DK yarn (I used some Sirdar Baby Crofter)
Coordinating button or bead
4mm crochet hook
Darning needle for those ends and stitching on the flower
Instructions are written in standard UK terms.
To make the beret:
R1: Chain 4 (counts as first stitch) and working in last chain from hook, work 11 treble crochet and join to top of chain 4 with a slip stitch (12 st)
R2: Chain 3 (counts as first stitch) and work 1 treble in same stitch, then 2 treble in each stitch around and join to top of chain 3 with a slip stitch (24 st)
R3: Chain 3 (counts as first stitch) and work 1 treble crochet in each st and join to top of chain 3 with a slip stitch (24 st)
R4: Chain 3 (counts as first stitch), work 2 treble together over next 2 stitches then work (1 treble in next stitch, 2 treble together over next 2 stitches) to the end of the round and join into top of chain 3 with a slip stitch (16 st)
R5: Chain 1 (does not count as first stitch) and work 1 double crochet in each stitch.
R6: Repeat R5 and fasten off.
To make the flower:
Chain 2 and in last chain from hook work 1 treble, chain 1, slip stitch then (chain 1, 1 treble, chain 1, slip stitch) 4 times. Fasten off.
Sew flower to beret with button or bead, darn in ends and admire your creation. Don't forget to show me #veraandbessmaker.
For more information about The Big Knit or to find more patterns, just click here. Every bottle of Innocent Smoothie wearing a hat that is sold adds 25p to pot for Age UK.