pattern price: $1.99

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Slouchy berets are great for dressing up a pair of jeans or dressing down your little black dress this holiday season. Better yet, they keep your ears warm and make nice gifts to boot, especially when knit in a pretty luxury yarn. This one is knit in an alpaca silk blend and takes just two 50g. skeins of yarn. The lace pattern is fairly simple, which makes it a good project for a first lace knit, but fun enough to keep more experienced knitters interested as well. The beret is knit in the round on a circular needle, with decreases in the lace pattern and, towards the top of the beret, in stockinette stitch. In a worsted weight yarn, it's a pretty quick knit, so if you're in need of a last-minute gift knitting project, this may just be the one.

SIZE: One size (will fit a 20-24 inch head).

MEASUREMENTS: Hat brim circumference approximately 20 inches unstretched.

GAUGE: 18 st/24 rows = 4 x 4 inches in stockinette stitch

MATERIALS: 2 50g. skeins of a worsted weight yarn (approx. 96 yds/88 m. per 50g.), 1 16-inch length US #6/4mm circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge), 1 set of US #6/4mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), 1 stitch marker and a darning needle.

YARN USED TO MAKE BERET PICTURED: Knit Picks Andean Silk, 55% super fine alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino wool, 96yd/88m per 50g.

All Woolly Mammoth Knits lace patterns come with charts in addition to the written instructions.

If you like Kensington Fingerless Gloves, you might also enjoy knitting the matching fingerless gloves, Kensington Fingerless Gloves.

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