Green beret

I’ve decided to stop being scared of knitting in the round. I want to knit socks, mittens and hats and possibly even a proper garment one day!

So, last time I was in London I took myself to Loop and asked the lovely ladies there to help me and help me they did.

First I was guided through the hat patterns and I chose the Effie beret from Quince and Co in my very favourite green.


pattern 420wThen I went downstairs to buy the daunting circular needles and the lady downstairs told me I had to learn magic loop, it was almost silly to learn anything else and besides it saves money and I could even knit 2 socks at the same time!

After a knitting demonstration and lots of assurances that I could possibly master this magic loop thingy off I went happy with my purchases.

Many, many attempts, youtube videos and increasingly bad tempered mutterings later I had cast on properly and was knitting in the round.

magic loop

And then I got all blaise and blocked my beret having forgotten to knit a whole four and a half inches of rib…


So, I did rather a lot of frogging!


And started the whole process again, reading the actual pattern this time.

It was a steep learning curve but I must say I’m pretty proud of my green beret now!



getting ready

7 Responses to “Green beret”

  1. PendleStitches Says:
    March 3rd, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Tres chic!
    There’ll be no stopping you now!

  2. Chris Says:
    March 3rd, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Your hat looks wonderful on you. The first of many 🙂
    I love to knit and I love Loop. Although I enjoy knitting socks I use double ended needles and have never tried the magic loop.

  3. Sharon Stroud Says:
    March 3rd, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I love Magic Loop! It’s the only way to knit in the round. I actually learned magic loop and how to knit socks at the same time! Socks are easy! How exciting to learn a new technique! Love the hat! Do you think that I used enough exclamation points?

  4. Andy LW Says:
    March 4th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    What perseverance! Congratulations on the outcome. Have tried knitting so many times and reverted back to the sewing needle every time!

  5. Dotty Says:
    March 4th, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Really suits you! Beware though- once I mastered sock knitting it got a bit addictive:)

  6. monica Says:
    March 12th, 2015 at 7:30 am

    oh Janet, that made me laugh… although I’m very impressed about the whole magic loop thing… I must learn that… must.

    Any good instructions you could recommend?

  7. ann Says:
    March 16th, 2015 at 12:00 am

    good for you the hat looks great!! on to socks!

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