At My Sister Knits we really like reaching out to our local community as well as doing what we can for the larger community. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that we are sharing here a pattern designed by one of our caring customers. Glenda Jackson designed these berets for a young Wilms patient in Oaklahoma whom she knows. Stay tuned as Glenda is working with the Fort Collins Whole Foods to put together another charity knit-in in September similar to the one held in May. Once things are solidified we’ll be sharing all the info you need.
The Sicily Line Glamour Beret
This pattern is for easy knitted berets for pediatric cancer patients. They are intended to cover beautiful bald heads and provide the comfort and glamour to which all little girls are entitled, and the “cool” that all boys crave. Use your imagination to select yarn, color and embellishments. These hats should be soft and comfortable but definitely fun to wear! Meet the inspiration for these caps at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sicilyevelynzeka.
100-150 yds of worsted weight yarn or a combo of thinner yarns to achieve the desired fabric at the required gauge. Soft, easy care yarns should be used.
Needles & Notions
– US 7 (4.5mm) circular needles, 16” / 40 cm long
– US 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles (DPNs), set of 4 or 5
– Tapestry needle
20 sts and 24 rnds per 4” / 10 cm in St st
Abbreviations used follow the standards at http://yarnstandards.com/knit.html. Below are some less familiar abbreviations.
k1fb – knit 1 front and back; knit into the front and back of stitch to increase by 1 st
mrkr – marker
The pattern below contains both standard and alternate options. The standard uses a no-hole increase method. The alternate version uses yarn overs to add a touch of lace to the hat and is indicated by italic type. If no alternate direction is given it applies to both versions.
Loosely CO 76 sts. PM and join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist the sts. Work 5 rnds of k1, p1 or k2, p2 ribbing. Nxt Rnd: (k7, pm) five times, k2, k1fb, k3, pm, (k7, pm) 5 times — 77 sts.
Incr Rnd: *Knit to 1 st before mrkr, k1fb; rep from * to end of rnd — incr 11 sts.
Alt Incr Rnd: *Knit to 2 sts before mrkr, yo, k2; rep from * to end of rnd — incr 11 sts.
Repeat desired Incr Rnd every other round until total st count equals 132 sts.
For standard beret work even in St st for 5 rnds. For alternate beret work 1 rnd even in St st foll by one rnd of *k8, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * to end of rnd. Repeat twice and end with one more plain St st rnd.
Decr Rnd: *Knit to 2 sts before mrkr, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd — decr 11sts.
Alt Decr Rnd: *Knit to 4 sts before mrkr, k2tog, yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd — decr 11 sts.
Repeat desired Decr Rnd every other round until 22 sts rem, ending after a plain round. Nxt Rnd: *K2tog, rem mrkr; rep from * to end of rnd — 11 sts rem. Work 1 rnd in St st. Nxt Rnd: K2tog five times, k1 — 6 sts rem. Nxt Rnd: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 3 sts rem.
With rem 3 sts work i-cord as desired. The i-cord can be used to form a short curved “handle”, turned into a ring, knotted or omitted alltogether. 1 – 1½” of i-cord is recommended for looping or knotting. Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail and pull back through the i-cord to inside of hat. Weave in ends. Hand wash, block and lie flat to dry.
A note from Sicily’s mother, “When I think of berets, I think of the army and of soldiers, many who have fought for our freedom. Your knitted berets symbolize these cancer kids’ fight for freedom from their illness. These kids are in essence little soldiers themselves, and I can’t think of a better uniform for them to wear than your “knitted with love and prayers” berets. Thank you, again, for being such an integral part of this heart wrenching war we are fighting.”
If you have any questions about the pattern please leave a comment here or in our Ravelry community and we’ll sure to get an answer for you!