After I finished Alice’s Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan recently, I had a full skein of the Berroco Ultra Alpaca left and so almost at once I cast on a new hat for me. I wanted something warm, thick and comforting to wear. Enter Meret. What’s a Meret, I hear you ask? Well it’s really just a beret, but it was initially released by Woolly Wormhead as a Mystery Beret – which became a Meret. It’s a lovely free pattern and here’s mine.
And from the back.
Such a fun, fast knit. So soft, warm and smooshy.
Berets I’ve made so far have ended up being quite loose in the band, rendering them a little too floppy to wear easily. I like that this one has the option to knit a rolled brim first, followed by some rib, then the pattern, which I then made slouchy by knitting two extra repeats.
I really like the slouchiness. You can’t possibly mistake it for a beanie when it’s got all that extra fabric.
One of the best things I’m finding as a relative newcomer to regular hat wearing is the way it beautifully covers up grey roots and bad hair days. Of course this doesn’t solve the problem of grey roots or a bad hair day in the office. Can’t imagine it’s the done thing to keep a hat on all day at work, is it? I don’t know. I’ll find out next week when I go back.
At any rate, this is the first winter I’ve made hats with any regularity and I like it. There’s so much scope for adding accessories and warmth with little effort. And just like when I started wearing calf length boots a few months ago, discovering that I’d had cold calves but didn’t know that until I had warm calves, I didn’t know my head got cold until I put on a warm hat. Isn’t it funny the things we discover, often just by accident?