Ocean Breezes by Lee Meredith

Ocean Breezes

October 2010
Aran (8 wpi) ?
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
130 - 145 yards (119 - 133 m)
cloche style (smaller) and beret style (larger)
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This texture-tastic, swirly, wavy, buttony, sea-inspired hat can be made in either a cloche or beret style, and is custom fit to your head by placing the buttons just so! Make a more subdued solid color version or a vibrant 2-color hat with contrasting waves!

The hat is made in the smaller cloche style or the larger beret style mostly just by adjusting gauge, and either size is custom fit with button placement. Notes are given for making the 2-color version, for finishing (how to block), and for all techniques used. This is a good intermediate level pattern, great for an adventurous knitter ready to work above beginner, since it uses several stitch patterns and techniques beyond the basics, but it’s a pretty quick knit and never gets too complex.

Notes are given for 2-color version, and also for custom sizing, finishing (how to block), and all techniques used.

The pattern uses: short rows in the brim, knitting the brim flat, knitting the hat body in the round, sewing brim straps into loops to make buttonholes, wet blocking to smooth out shape.

This hat was designed for the Twisted Single Skein Club (for Twisted yarn shop in Portland) in Oct ‘09 and is now available to everyone else!

Size: adult cloche or beret, adjustable to be custom fit with button placement; make a child size by adjusting gauge (notes are included)

Yarn: around 130-145 yards (120-135 meters) of aran or worsted weight (depending on the brand’s labeling and your size/gauge choices)

Needles: size US 6 (cloche) or 8 (beret), or size to get gauge - a 16” circular and a set of double points

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette for the cloche size, 4.5 stitches per inch for the beret

Techniques used: short rows, knitting in the round, sewing brim straps into loops to make buttonholes