Beaulieu by Kathleen Sperling


July 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stranded pattern in 3.5mm after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
205 - 250 yards (187 - 229 m)
small, large
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The “whitework” technique in medieval manuscripts is that of painting fine lines in white paint across a coloured background. Whitework was very much in vogue in Western Europe, starting about the 12th century, and was certainly in full swing during the 14th century. The opening page of the medieval manuscript Roman de la Rose, scribed by Girard de Beaulieu, contains a variety of whitework motifs which were adapted for the different sections of this beret. De Biaulieu was a cleric of St-Sauveur in Paris, and this popular poetic work is dated 1353.

Note: This pattern is part of a collection of accessories built around a theme of medieval illumination. If you purchase this pattern individually, you will automatically receive a discount off the cost of the collection.

Skills Required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Yarnovers
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or magic loop method)

Size Information

  • Small: 10.25” diameter, 20” brim circumference
  • Large: 11.5” diameter, 22.5” brim circumference

Beret is expected to fit around head as shown with between 5-15% negative ease on the brim circumference. Model shown was made in the small size.

Yarn Requirements

  • Small: approximately 130 yards main colour and 75 yards contrast colour
  • Large: approximately 160 yards main colour and 90 yards contrast colour

Other Materials Needed

  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends