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Topic: Black Aran Bobble Beret. Now with Wimpy Tutorial.  (Read 9100 times)
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« on: January 04, 2007 12:06:44 PM »






I don't know why this hat makes me think of aliens. But it does. I finally have the ability to knit aran things without patterns--I've memorized enough stitches. It's great. If you know how to do a simple cable, bobble and seed stitch, and aren't afraid of a little math, it's totally possible. I don't really want to go back and count stitches for a pattern, but here's the basic gist:

Cast on enough stitches to fit around your forehead (on size 6 dpns and worsted yarn, it's 70). Work in 1/1 rib for an inch or so. Switch to a slightly bigger 12" or 16" circular needle (I used size 9) and knit every stitch front and back. You want to double the number of stitches you have. Then count up what you've got and divide them up in your head so that all your cables and whatnot have a place to be. I like to draw a circle on paper and do wagon-spokes to make sure everything fits. That is where the math is. Then you just knit in your Aran pattern for about 7 or 8 inches, K2tog until you just have a few stitches left, run the thread through the hole and pull shut, bind off.
Beauty.

I used a 6-stitch cable, a 7-stitch panel of seed stitch, and a 5-stitch panel of stockinette with a 3-stitch bobble on it in the rows where I twisted the cables. I made it up. Basically. =)

So a Shannon's  Aran repeat would look like this:

*p2,k6,p2 (cable), k5 (bobble)  k1, p1 over next seven stitches (seed stitch), k5 (bobble). Repeat from star to end.
The cabling/bobbling row, every eight rows, looks like this:

*Cable: p2, slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hang in front. k 3, k 3 from cable needle, p2./Cable. Bobble: k2, k,p,k into next stitch, turn work, p 3, turn work, k 3, slipping first two stitches over last stitch, k2. /Bobble.Seed: (k1, p1) over next seven stitches. /Seed. Bobble: k2, k,p,k into next stitch, turn work, p 3, turn work, k 3, slipping first two stitches over last stitch, k2. /Bobble.

Nifty Tip:  If you end up with a few stitches too many or too few, increase or decrease. No one will ever know.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2007 01:11:47 PM »

i absolutly love it
its gorgeous
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007 01:20:06 PM »

fabulous! 
i was knitting a hat that i was so MEH about (and almost done too!) i think i am gonna rip it up and make one like this! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007 02:20:20 PM »

once again gorgeous! the details on the hat look amazing. the pom pom adds a really cute/fun touch to the elegant hat.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2007 03:35:02 PM »

so is it doubling the number of stitches in the ribbing that accounts for the way that cables pull in? (trying to understand the theory of cables-pulling-things-in right now)
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2007 05:11:13 PM »

Well, yes, in part. The main reason for doubling the stitches is to create the beret shape. If you didn't double them, it would just be a normal hat. But you're right, if you had a lot of cables, you might want to compensate for that by increasing some more stitches, maybe to 150% of what you started with the ribbing, after the first increase row. I don't have an equation for that, though. =)
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2007 06:09:04 PM »

i love it. some day when i'm a more experienced knitter i'll try it.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2007 09:30:07 AM »

Wow... I want to make this beret so badly. I like that it's floppy and not a hard beret shape... so pretty!
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2007 08:24:50 PM »

What is the Aran pattern you used? It's perfect. I would absolutely LOVE to make this!
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2007 05:15:50 AM »

Well, I used a 6-stitch cable, a 7-stitch panel of seed stitch, and a 5-stitch panel of stockinette with a 3-stitch bobble on it in the rows where I twisted the cables. I made it up. Basically. =)

I put some new directions in the beginning for ya, though!
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