Novita Icelandic Wool: Renga beret

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Knitted from Novita Icelandic Wool, the charming Renga beret is a quick and easy project even for a beginner. There are helpful Novita tutorials for knitting the beret.
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    Novita Icelandic Wool

    (663) Bolete 100(100)100 g



    Needles and other supplies

    Circular needles (40 cm / 16 in) Novita 4 mm (UK 8 / US 6) and 5 mm (UK 6 / US 8) or sizes needed for gauge; double-pointed needles 5 mm  



    Designer
    Reetta Pellikka

    Using the smaller circular needle, cast on 88(96)104 sts. Knit 1 round. Work ribbing in the round for 3 cm: *k1, p1*, keep repeating *–*.

    Switch to the larger circular needle and work stockinette st in the round. On the first round place 8 markers as follows: place marker for beginning of round, k11(12)13, *place marker, k11(12)13*, repeat *–* to end of round. You will increase and decrease at the markers.

    On the next round, begin increases:

    Increase round 1: *yarn over (on the next round, knit the yo through the back loop), slip marker, knit to marker*, repeat *–* to end of round. 96(104)112 sts on the needles.

    Knit 3 rounds. Note: On the first round, remember to knit the yarn overs through the back loop to avoid gaps at the increases.

    Increase round 2: k1, *yarn over, slip marker, knit to marker*. Repeat *–* to end of round.

    Knit 3 rounds. Note: On the first round, remember to knit the yarn overs through the back loop to avoid gaps at the increases.

    Increase round 3: knit to marker, *yarn over, slip marker, knit to marker*. Repeat *–* to end of round.

    Knit 3 rounds. Note: On the first round, remember to knit the yarn overs through the back loop to avoid gaps at the increases.

    Repeat the increases as established. 120(128)136 sts on the needles.

    Work stockinette st in the round without increasing until the piece measures 12(13)14 cm. Work until 3 sts remain before first marker.

    Begin decreases: *K2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts before marker.* Repeat *–* to end of round. 2 sts between the decreases. 16 sts decreased in total.

    Repeat the decrease round as established on every 4th round 6(6)7 times in total. 24(32)24 sts on the needles.

    Next round: k2tog to end = 12(16)12 sts. Next round: k2tog to end = 6(8)6 sts.

    Break the yarn and pull it through the sts. Weave in the ends.  

     

    Finishing

    Block the beret. Place a plate inside the beret to shape it, then place the plate over a drinking glass so the beret won’t touch the surface. Once the beret has dried, carefully remove the plate and steam the hat lightly.

    Finished dimensions

    Circumference (lightly stretched) approx. 54(56)58 cm / 21¼(22)22¾ in



    Stitch patterns & gauge

    Stitch patterns Ribbing in the round: *k1, p1*

    Using the smaller circular needle, cast on 88(96)104 sts. Knit 1 round. Work ribbing in the round for 3 cm: *k1, p1*, keep repeating *–*.

    Switch to the larger circular needle and work stockinette st in the round. On the first round place 8 markers as follows: place marker for beginning of round, k11(12)13, *place marker, k11(12)13*, repeat *–* to end of round. You will increase and decrease at the markers.

    On the next round, begin increases:

    Increase round 1: *yarn over (on the next round, knit the yo through the back loop), slip marker, knit to marker*, repeat *–* to end of round. 96(104)112 sts on the needles.

    Knit 3 rounds. Note: On the first round, remember to knit the yarn overs through the back loop to avoid gaps at the increases.

    Increase round 2: k1, *yarn over, slip marker, knit to marker*. Repeat *–* to end of round.

    Knit 3 rounds. Note: On the first round, remember to knit the yarn overs through the back loop to avoid gaps at the increases.

    Increase round 3: knit to marker, *yarn over, slip marker, knit to marker*. Repeat *–* to end of round.

    Knit 3 rounds. Note: On the first round, remember to knit the yarn overs through the back loop to avoid gaps at the increases.

    Repeat the increases as established. 120(128)136 sts on the needles.

    Work stockinette st in the round without increasing until the piece measures 12(13)14 cm. Work until 3 sts remain before first marker.

    Begin decreases: *K2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts before marker.* Repeat *–* to end of round. 2 sts between the decreases. 16 sts decreased in total.

    Repeat the decrease round as established on every 4th round 6(6)7 times in total. 24(32)24 sts on the needles.

    Next round: k2tog to end = 12(16)12 sts. Next round: k2tog to end = 6(8)6 sts.

    Break the yarn and pull it through the sts. Weave in the ends.  

     

    Finishing

    Block the beret. Place a plate inside the beret to shape it, then place the plate over a drinking glass so the beret won’t touch the surface. Once the beret has dried, carefully remove the plate and steam the hat lightly.


    Beginner

    Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

    Technique

    Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

    Patterns

    All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

    Adventurous beginner

    Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

    Technique

    Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

    Intermediate

    So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

    Technique

    In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

    Patterns

    Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

    Advanced

    Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

    Technique

    On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

    Gauge and Swatching

    Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

    Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

    Adjusting gauge

    If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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