Over the last few years I’ve attempted the perennially popular shawl pattern, Ishbel, twice. I love Ysolda Teague’s patterns but that simple little shawl just about did me in. Not because it was hard. It really wasn’t – it just didn’t gel. Twice. I swore off it forever after – even though literally thousands have made it – some several times. Sometimes a pattern just doesn’t work with your brain and you should admit defeat and move on.
So it’s curious that for reasons I can’t quite fathom, I set out to make the matching Beret pattern. The Ishbel Beret. I went in with some misgivings but four days later I had a rather lovely new beret to wear. I found myself wondering what on earth had been my issue with the shawl, because the lace pattern in the beret was a doddle. And I love it!
It’s made from half a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock in the colour Mica – my first time using this widely loved yarn, which came to me as a birthday gift from a friend. The other half will become fingerless mittens.
It seemed awfully big after I took it off my biggest plate – a blue glass plate that looked rather pretty through the lace.
It sat on my head at first like an oversized mop cap. After a bit of fiddling I worked out how to wear it. It’s unlike any of the other hats I’ve made in recent months and has become an instant favourite.
I’m still not making the shawl though.