Winter Fashion Statement – The Beret




The origin of the beret can be traced back to the Basques, (people living on both the French and Spanish sides of the Pyrenees Mountains). The original Basque beret was either navy blue or red, but today the beret is available in a wide array of colors. The beret fits snugly around the head, and can be “shaped” in a variety of ways – it is commonly worn pushed to one side (local custom usually prescribes which, but there is no universal rule) and can be worn by both men and women. Few items of clothing have been adopted by so many varied groups of people, living in different periods of history, as the beret. During World War II, the French Resistance movement, the Maquis, wore the Basque beret and because it was the most common French headwear, the Maquis was able to wear it without bringing undue suspicion to this covert operation.
The beret was then taken up by special forces, often with the suggestion of ‘undress’ uniform, such as USA Green Berets, Black Berets (USA Rangers), UN Blue Berets, Turkish Red Berets to name but a few.

Che Guevara, a hero of the Cuban revolution, made the beret a worldwide symbol of the revolutionary guerilla fighter. The Guardian Angels, a vigilante group who patrols the subways and streets of some of the world’s major cities, wear red berets. In fashion the beret is part of the popular stereotype of intellectuals, film directors, artists (particularly painters), hipsters, bohemians and beatniks. The Rastafari movement often wear a knitted or crocheted black beret with red, gold, and green circles atop their dreadlocks. They consider the beret and dreadlocks to be symbols of the biblical covenant of God with his chosen people, the black Israelites. The circular flat shape of the wool, felt or cotton beret can be sporty when worn close to the head facing forward or jaunty when tipped to the side; when pulled down to cover all or part of the forehead, it is more dramatic. Inexpensive and hardy, berets are available in a range of style variations, colors, and sizes.

If you want to get ahead in the style stakes this winter, then don’t get a hat, get a beret! Berets are big hits this season. Recently, a long line of celebrity A-listers have been seen sporting a beret, from Beyoncé, Sienna Miller, Cameron Diaz, Rhianna, Fergie, Madonna to Kylie Minogue.

choosing how to wear it is very much a matter of taste. Experiment with jaunty angles and if it feels right for you, then go for it!
The best thing about wearing a beret, apart from giving the impression that you have a sense of fun, is that it suits most face shapes and transcends all age groups.

I chose a soft boucle type yarn in a Pale Rose Pink shade as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this is a great way to show your support.

Beret:
Tension 18 sts and 24 rows to 10cm (4ins) Size 5mm needles.

Abbreviations;
K – Knit
P – Purl
M1 – Make one extra stitch by knitting front and back of the stitch
K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 82 sts.
Work 4 rows in (K2. P2) ribbing  inc 3 sts evenly across last row. 85 sts.
Proceed as follows:

1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: K1. (M1. K14) 6 times. 91 sts.
5th row: K1. (M1. K15) 6 times. 97 sts.
7th row: K1. (M1. K16) 6 times. 103 sts.
Cont in this manner, inc 6 sts as before on every alt row until there are 115 sts.
Work 4 rows even in stocking st.
Next row: K1. (K2tog. K17) 6 times. 109 sts.
Next and every alt row: Purl.
Next row: K1. (K2tog. K16) 6 times. 103 sts.
Next row: K1. (K2tog. K15) 6 times. 97 sts.
Cont in this manner, dec 6 sts as before on every alt row to 31 sts. Purl 1 row.
Next row: K1. (K2tog. K3) 6 times. 26 sts.
Break yarn leaving a long end. Thread yarn through rem sts. Draw up tightly and fasten securely. Sew back seam.

The main hat trend of this season is a beret. I guess berets will always be in fashion. They can become narrower or wider but they are invariably popular among women all over the world.

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3 thoughts on “Winter Fashion Statement – The Beret

  1. Looks greati am a bit confused about the abrivationsK1, K2 etc.How many needles do you use?You start at the bottom (neck forehead) and end on top (head)?sorry if it sounds a bit confused 😦

  2. I have added abbreviations to the post if you need further help no prob just ask. This pattern is knit on two needles which means there will be a seam to sew up at the end, and is knit starting from the rib brim ending at the crown. Hope this helps

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