This pattern is essentially the same as the other Lacy Beret pattern on the blog except I have substituted a bulkier yarn and larger needle size, making the hat quicker to finish and cuter to wear.
I used 2 balls of Katia Fabula, a creamy-soft, machine washable, big-and-bulky merino wool yarn that comes in an unusually short self-striping repeat. It’s almost somewhere between a striping yarn and a space-dyed yarn, and looks great in the bulky weight with the giant stitches highlighting the color changes.
Lacey Beret: Chunky Edition
Materials: US size 10 16″ circular needles, US size 15 16″ circular needles, stitch markers, jumbo darning needle
Using the US size 10 needles, cast on 50 sts. Join in the round, place a marker, and work a K1, P1 rib for 4 rounds (knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat).
Switch to the US size 15 needles and knit 1 round. (The way you switch between needle sizes is simply to begin knitting stitches with the new needle size off the old needles, and eventually the project will be on the new needles.)
Now that lace pattern begins:
Round 1: *Yo, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round. (yo = yarn over)
Round 2: Knit every stitch. (Even the yarn-overs from the previous round– which will feel different.)
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until hat measures 8″ from cast on, ending having just completed the 1st round.
*Knit 10 stitches, place a marker. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
Shaping the crown:
Round 1: *Work a (yo, k2tog) until 2 stitches before the marker, k2tog. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 2: *Knit to 2 sts before the marker, k2tog. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are too few stitches left on the needle to fit around the 16″ circular.
Cut the yarn,. leaving a 10″ tail, and using a jumbo darning needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches on the needle, slipping the stitches off the needle as you do so. You should end up with all of the stitches on the tail yarn. Pull teh tail yarn tight like a drawstring. This closes the very top of the hat.
Tie off and weave in ends.