New design in The Knitter: Dartmoor beret

25 Jan

Squeee! I do love it when I have a new design out. It’s often months after something has been sketched, graded, knitted and pattern checked before it can appear in public.


Dartmoor is knitted in Lang Donegal, a gorgeous tweed 4 ply weight yarn that comes in really vibrant colours. The hat takes less than two balls of yarn, making it a pretty cheap knit. If you can’t get Lang, Rowan’s new(ish) Fine Tweed will give you a very similar effect – you’ll probably need 3 balls.

It is worked in the round and is mostly in herringbone stitch, with a twisted brim.

This yarn is a winter yarn, but very light, and runs quite thick and thin, so the herringbone stitch, which creates an almost double thickness of fabric, makes it a denser, and more substantial garment that will keep your head nice and warm.


I’ve written the design in two sizes, mainly to accommodate those of a larger bonce (such as your truly). It took me just a couple of evenings to knit, after a fair amount of  swatching to get the needle size I was happy with.

This yarn is single ply, so it will stretch a fair bit. If in doubt, make the smaller size! Happy knitting!

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2 Responses to “New design in The Knitter: Dartmoor beret”

  1. Shani January 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Well done.. Lovely shape and texture. I love this particular colour, goes so well with auburn …

  2. Happymousefairy January 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Yay for you! I saw your hat when I devoured my copy of the magazine, it’s beautiful. Herringbone is such a classic stitch, it produces a beautiful fabric… And that green looks stunning on your model 🙂

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