My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


We Interrupt This Sweater For a Hat

For my commuter knitting this week, I’ve been working on this:

Hat 120507

Hat 120507

This is the Beret Gaufre, a free pattern from Veronik Avery. You can get your own copy of this pattern here.

The pattern calls for a light worsted weight to be knit very firmly at a gauge of 23 stitches and 36 rounds to 4″ in a broken rib pattern.

I am using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK. I got gauge using a 3.25mm needle. The pattern suggests a 3mm needle, so I’m pretty close.

This has been an extremely fun knit. I love the bottom band:

Edge 120507

Edge 120507

Instead of ribbing, you do a provisional cast on, work some stockinette, and then fold it so the reverse stockinette shows and knit the live stitches from the cast on together with the stitches on the needles.

I love the broken rib pattern.

And when you turn it inside-out, waffle stitch!

Inside 120507

Inside 120507

The pattern is written to be reversible, directing you to work the i-cord finish on both the broken rib and waffle stitch sides. I much prefer the broken rib side, so only worked my i-cord on that side.

Icord 120507

Icord 120507

To block, I soaked it in warm water with some Soak woolwash thrown in.

Soak 120507

Soak 120507

Then I slipped it over a dinner plate, as directed. Just like any self-respecting tam or beret. 🙂

Blocking 120507

Blocking 120507

(You’ve probably figured out that this blog post is a distraction from the fact that I have not yet completed  the edging on the Pinwheel Sweater.)


If you read Sheri’s blog (and if you don’t, why the heck not, FPS?) you’ll know that she’s in the middle of a Random Acts of Kindness contest. Sheri’s example inspired another blogger, Ruth, to hold a similar contest. Check out Ruth’s blog!


Lucy 120507

Lucy 120507

“Will purr for neck scritches.”


  1. Great hat- I’ll add that one to the list. The color is great for this gloomy day.

    I’ll give neck (and head, ear) scritches for purrs!

  2. I love the hat. I’m trying to get the pattern. Hats don’t always look so good on me but it looks like a fun one to knit.


  4. That’s a cute beret but I haven’t figured out how to download the pattern — it is is a bit confusing. The only thing I see on the web page you linked to is a ‘Add to the Cart’ button. So to get this pattern for free do you have to place an order for something else and then check out??

  5. That’s a really cute beret! I just wanted to ask a quick question. Does anyone have a suggestion for a pattern I could sell or something I could make and sell for a charity for children in Africa with aids? If you want to know the whole situation, go to my blog here: where I talk about what the situation is, and who the money would be going to. If you have any questions please feel free to email me! 🙂 Thanks you guys.

  6. Great idea for blocking lol! Thank You!

  7. I just visited the winter knitty. Did you see Jeanie? And it’s made from the Dream In Color Smooshy Sock Yarn that you’ve been enjoying. I first started reading your blog when I was looking at the peacock shawl and you were in a lace knitting cycle. That’s why I first thought of you when I saw this. Then I realized I want to knit it!

  8. I hope the beret is for you, because the green will look very pretty with your hair colour. Beautiful pattern.

  9. I thought “skritches” was spelled with a “k”.

  10. What a cute hat! I love the color and the texture, thank you for the pattern link.

  11. Oh I love knitting with that yarn, it’s so scrumptious. Love the hat!!!!


    Give Lucy a hug and kiss for me.

  12. anne marie in philly says:

    I will give you neck scritches, kisses, belly rubs…whatever will make your little purr spot rumble!

    ooops…steven and meredith saw me write that…now THEY want some too!

  13. Oh, how cute is that!

    *print screen*

    Must make that hat, it’s just too cute. 🙂

  14. Love the tam. May have to make one as a gift. (I look terrible in tams.) Just worried my dinner plates are too big. (Centuries old Pfaltzgraf stoneware.)

  15. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thanks for the link!

    Funny, our dog purrs for ear scritches, too! No, really, he does purr.

  16. Like Sue in Comment #4, I am experiencing difficulty in figuring out how to download this darling hat pattern. I am well aware that I am seriously electronically challenged so I would love any help or direction you have to offer.

    Little kittie licks from my Sadie to Lucy.


  17. Alice in Richmond says:

    Simple things are my faves! I love that beret!

  18. Darla - Detroit says:

    To answer the previous questions on how to get the pattern; yes, you have to add it to your cart (as a FREE pattern), then you check out and it will come up as a PDF file to open/save. Hope that helps!

  19. I just finished this beret two nights ago! Veronick is one of my favorite designers and the beret pattern was really fun to knit. I used Knit Picks merino style and my gauge was a touch off, so the brim was loose. I just slipped some elastic through the hemmed brim and presto! It’s fixed. I’ll post pictures at my blog eventually. I think yours turned out darling and I agree, it would look great on you! Don’t give it away.

  20. I was sitting knitting last night (I was half way through decorating the tree, and decided I’d had enough, so I sat down and started a pair of socks), and I was thinking about your blog, and I just wanted to say how great it is of you to share with us almost each and every day your knitting progress, your knitting expertise and wisdom, and always a lovely picture of Lucy. I know this takes time, and I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate it. Every morning when I log on at work, I get my coffee and check your blog. It makes me happy, and inspires me to be a better knitter. So Thank You Wendy!

  21. Your photos always make me want to knit what you’re knitting. FPS!

  22. helena handbasket says:

    On your recommendation in this post, I downloaded the pattern for this hat and am having a wonderful knit — I’m just getting ready to start the decrease section of the pattern. The beret is coming out lovely and dense and I can’t wait to wear it! I got gauge with 4.5 mm needles. I’m using a luscious camel colored worsted weight soft merino that is knitting up beautifully. Thanks again.