January 19, 2007
Levels of pouffy
From Kufi to shower cap:
And this isn't even my second attempt - it's my third! The second was a slightly pouffier Kufi (i.e., still not pouffy enough).
This, however, is so pouffy, it needs its own zip code. I went with this particular level of pouffiness because it seems most store-bought berets are about 11" in diameter. Apparently when an 11" diameter is applied to a handknit, you get a shower cap.
And the ribbed band is ever-so-slightly too loose. And I've run out of yarn - though the beret looks complete in the photo, there's a grapefruit-sized opening at the crown. It irritates me so much to think that certainly there will be enough for a properly sized beret, somewhere between a Kufi and a shower cap.
Insert your expletive of choice here: __________
I will get this right. Not only to please my grandma, though that's reason enough. She's mentioned to me that my Great Aunt may also want a beret, so I really want to figure this out for any future requests!
Kufi = 169 stitches (~ 7.7" diameter)
pouffier Kufi = 180 stitches (~ 8.2" diameter)
shower cap = 240 stitches (~ 10.9" diameter)
grandma's beret = 220 stitches (~ 10" diameter)
Cross your fingers that my fourth attempt will be the last one (though I'm still not refreshing the yarn... don't want to seem overconfident :)).