• The Emmeline beret features a bold central petal motif and colourwork bobbles, providing an interesting texture to the design. It is knitted in the round, commencing with a corrugated rib using two colours throughout. Increases are then worked to create the archetypal beret shape. From this point instructions are provided on charts, first for the body and then the crown. The pattern was named after the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst who founded the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903. Purple, green and white were chosen as the colours of the movement, and the beret borrows from this palette.

    Emmeline is knitted using Susan Crawford Excelana North, fingering weight a soft, fingering weight 100% British wool, spun for us in nearby Yorkshire and dyed in-house by Susan and her team.

    Emmeline is shown here in shades Land Army Green, Plum Jam, Saharan Sand and Nile Green.

    Susan can be seen wearing Emmeline in size 3.

    The pattern includes instructions for four sizes to fit head circumference between 47.5cm (19in) and 60cm (24in) and contains both clear written pattern directions, together with charted colour work instructions.

  • Yarn
    Susan Crawford Excelana North, fingering weight, 100% British wool, 75% Cheviot, 25% Bluefaced Leicester (159m / 174yds per 50g skein approx)
    1 skein, shade Land Army Green
    1 skein, shade Plum Jam
    1 skein, shade Saharan Sand
    1 skein, shade Nile Green

    Suggested needles
    Small needles: 2.75 mm (US 2) circular needles (40-50 cm / 16-20 in)
    Large needles: 3 mm (US 3) circular needles (40-50 cm / 16-20 in)
    set of 3 mm (US 3) DPNs

    32 sts and 34 rounds = 10 cm / 4 in over stranded colourwork in the round, before blocking. We obtained this gauge using 3 mm needles.

    Stitch markers, tapestry needle.

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