Kate was delighted when Tanis Gray approached her to submit a hat design for this Fall’s issue of Vogue Knitting. Not only was Tanis wonderful to work with, but it is a well-known fact that Kate loves designing slightly slouchy hats.
For her inspiration, Kate thought about late summer and early fall knitting and what projects she loves to take with her on weekend car trips, what quantity of yarn she can tolerate in her lap while knitting in the summer heat and a quick gift knit she could actually imagine finishing for friends and family. Armed with just one skein of Canopy Fingering, a plethora of vintage and contemporary lace patterns as inspiration and the strict determination to include both integrated ribbing and crown shaping into the original design, she began to swatch!
The end result is a slightly slouchy lace beret designed is two sizes, (the smaller shown modeled in the magazine and on Kate in a slightly different style below). The smaller size takes exactly one skein of Canopy Fingering — she recently re-knit the beret and it took 48 grams! So, worthy of note if you do a gauge swatch — which you should — you will need every last bit of your one skein. If you’re interested in more slouch, the larger size incorporates an additional repeat of the pattern and takes 2 skeins.
Vogue Knitting Fall 2009 is available at your LYS, so grab a copy, pick out your favorite color of Canopy Fingering, and knit away!