Since I’ve ordered plenty of enticingly soft velvet yarn, I couldn’t resist making another cozy beret for these cold rainy days. This one is snugger-fitting than my slouchy beret, although it uses the same amount of yarn – and, what makes me really excited, it’s the first time I actually wrote down a row by row pattern when making an original item, so now I can share it with you all!
Materials: 1 skein velvet yarn
Crochet hook 4mm/ G
Special stitches used: shell; single crochet two together (sc2tog)
Row 1: make foundation circle and work 12 double crochets into it.
Row 2: Work 3 shells across the dc (double crochet) tops. Slip stitch and join.
Row 3: Work two sc (single crochets) into the top of each stitch.
Row 4: Work 6 shells into sc row.
Row 5: Work 2 SC into the top of every second stitch: it would go 1sc, 2SC, 1sc, 2sc… All the way around, slip stitch and join.
Row 6: Work 9 shells into sc row.
Row 7: 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc in top of same stitch… Repeat all the way around.
Row 8: 12 shells.
Row 9: 3 sc, then 2 sc in top of same stitch, repeat all the way around.
Row 10: 15 shells.
Row 11: 4 sc, 2 sc in top of same stitch, repeat around.
Row 12: 18 shells.
Row 13: Now we’re beginning the decrease. Make 4 sc, then decrease by crocheting two sc together (sc2tog).
Row 14: 15 shells.
Row 15: 3sc, sc2tog, repeat around.
Row 16: 12 shells (or 13 if tension seems too tight).
Row 17: 2sc, sc2tog, repeat.
Row 18: 10-9 shells (adjust for tension).
Row 19: 1 SC, sc2tog… Repeat.
Row 20 onwards: make a few rows of brim in SC, adjusting for desired tightness of fit.
In the photo: Tehilla (9) modeling the Soft Shells beret for me. It’s adult-sized so it looks a good bit slouchier on her than it does on me.