Day At The Races

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  • Day At the Races is a super-stylish 1940s style beret with bands of Fair Isle circling the beret against a stocking stitch background. The simple recurring motif is designed to ensure no weaving is required at the back of the work and colours can simply be carried across as required. The same recurring motif is used throughout and decreases are placed on the stocking stitch rounds, making this a great introductory pattern for a new arrival to colourwork and is indeed a great project for the beginner colourwork knitter to learn these techniques on a small canvas. For the more experienced knitter it is a quick and satisfying knit that is also perfect for gift knitting.

    Day At The Races is knitted from the bottom up in the round with a choice of three adult sizes. All increases are worked directly after the ribbed brim giving the beret its quintessential shape. Neatly sized it is the perfect beret both for a vintage wardrobe or for a more contemporary look.

    Day At The Races is knitted in Fenella, our 100% British wool that is a ‘vintage’ 3 ply weight, finer than fingering weight, but heavier than lace. Fenella is hand-dyed in-house and we have used a combination of Roman Plaster for the background, with Myristica, Jonquil, Atomic Red and Myrtle used for the striking colourwork motifs but it would look equally stunning in many colourways and is a great stashbusting project. If you would like to knit Day At The Races in other shades, why not take a look at all the beautiful hand-dyed shades of Fenella

    The sample shown is for the 3rd size - to fit a head circumference of approximately 23cm.

    The pattern comes with instructions for 3 sizes and includes full colour charts.

  • Yarn
    Susan Crawford Fenella, fingering weight,
    100% British wool,
    (129m / 141yds per 25g skein)

    1 skein, shade Roman Plaster - yarn A
    1 skein, shade Atomic Red - yarn B
    1 skein, shade Jonquil - yarn C
    1 skein, shade Myristica - yarn D
    1 skein, shade Myrtle - yarn E

    32 sts & 34 rows = 10cm (4in) measured over stranded colourwork pattern knitted in the round, after blocking
    We obtained this gauge using 3mm needles

    If necessary use an alternative needle size to obtain gauge

    Suggested needles
    2.5mm (US 2) circular needle (40cm in length) or double pointed needles
    3mm (US 2.5) circular needle (40cm in length) and/or double pointed needles

    This pattern is also suitable for using magic loop technique if preferred

    Waste yarn or stitch holders
    Stitch markers

  • Knitting stranded colourwork
    Working in the round
    Working alternate cable cast-on
    Following a chart
    Blocking a beret

A yarn kit is also available containing all the yarn required to knit the Day At The Races beret plus a printed A5 pattern booklet presented in an elegant box
Day At The Races kit

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