WIP: Sara’s Octal Beret

This week, my crochet Work in Progress (WIP) is Anastasia Popova’s Octal Beret from Interweave Crochet Winter 2017. Since it’s a quick and relatively simple pattern to work up, it’s perfect to make as a belated Christmas gift!

beret There are a few reasons why I chose to work on this pattern. First, my mom specifically requested a beret for Christmas. She has a very cute bob haircut and berets frame her cute face perfectly. Second, I love crochet cables. I’m always on the hunt for hats with cables and this one was just the ticket. Finally, I love the (almost) instant gratification of a smaller project. This one is easy to finish in a weekend! This beret is great for anyone wanting to start experimenting with cables. The increase stitches are simple to follow and the cables are minimal, but still very beautiful. It is the perfect project to work on while cuddled in bed on a Saturday morning.

The Octal Beret was designed for a solid yarn, but my mom specifically requested a beret made from Noro. So I found this yarn in my stash and upped my hook size a little. It is great to watch the colors change as you expand out from the center with Noro yarn. However, the cables do get a little lost in this color-changing yarn. If you want your cables to really pop with this hat, it is best to stick with a solid color.

As with all yarn, it took all of my puppy’s self-control to keep from running off with this project. He loves chewing on skeins of yarn and sticks found on walks. There is a lot of training in our future to get this little guy more into the sticks and less into the yarn.

Will you try out this cabled beret pattern? What yarn will you use? Do your pets like eating yarn as much as mine do?

—Sara Dudek
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet

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