Say hello to Gretel! :)
Cables may not be the most pleasant thing to knit, whichever way you approach it, but they do look scrumptious. I absolutely love the relief look, how the cables pop out from the purled “background.”
As usual, the Ysolda pattern was without mistake and perfectly clear. It gave three sizes for the hat. They all start with the same number of cast-on stitches, because the super-stretchy cast-on technique makes it suitable for any head size. However, when it comes to the number of rounds you knit, you can choose between fitted hat, regular beret, and slouchy beret.
And whichever style you choose, Ysolda makes sure that the pattern lines up. Lovely. I decided to make the regular (middle) size – now you may be surprized about this, if you know of my love of all things slouchy, but I wasn’t sure I’d have enough yarn for slouchy, and also several people said that the slouchy version was very slouchy. As you can see here, on my friend Michelle, it really looks like a “regular” beret.
By the way, I absolutely adooore these little Cs on that seem to come out from behind the ribbing. It’s like the cables were going on somewhere in the background while you were doing the ribbing, and then all of a sudden they decided to come to the front and show themselves!
Back to sizing. I, on the other hand, have a slightly smaller head than Michelle. So, if the hat had been for me (sniff), it would’ve been just the right kind of slouchy. So it was definitely a good decision to make the regular.
As I said, sniff! Isn’t lovely? I hope Michelle enjoys it!