For the longest time I’ve wanted to make a fair isle beret, more specifically the Selbu Modern beret by Kate Gagnon Osbourn. A pretty little fingering weight beret with intricate detailing.
Finally, I did. And look who it fits.
Not me, that’s for sure. I’ve known for a week it was not going to fit me, even though I stretched it hard over a plate (that was a challenge) and wore it around the house to help it relax. It just wouldn’t. It looks awful on me. But when Alice came to stay this weekend I found myself wondering if maybe….well yes I was right. It fits her perfectly.
I decided after I took these photos though – with some helpful suggestions from Sean – that I won’t give it to her completely. It’s a bit too special to end up tossed in the sandpit or lost, never to be seen again which is so often the way with accessories. Instead, since it’s nearing summer, I’ll put it away until autumn next year and keep it here. She can wear it when she visits – by then I’ll have made another one and we can wear them together. It’s not such a close fit that it runs the risk of never being worn at all. There’s room for her to grow in it.
I really enjoyed knitting it though. After a break of YEARS since my last major foray into fair isle, I felt ready to dip my needles back into the water. It’s so lovely watching the patterns form. I think all that went wrong was that my gauge was too tight. It’s a pattern that can run small anyway. I tried to keep it on the loose side but clearly needed to just go up a needle size or two.
I loved my yarn choice – The Fibre Company Canopy fingering weight – which is what the pattern was actually written for. I in fact bought two skeins of purple for a friend’s birthday, and two of green for me – but when I saw them together I realised we could both have one each and knit a project together, which we did – same pattern and everything. Hers fits. Mine doesn’t. You win some you lose some.
I’ll just have to knit another one and Alice and I can have matching Selbu Modern Berets. That’s no bad thing.