Knitting Pattern Freebie: Polka Dot Ascot and Beret
Ooooo Do I have the cutest little pattern to share with you today!
This pattern comes from the 1950 edition of Women’s Day: To Knit and Wear publication. This pattern was hiding near the back of the booklet, past women’s wear past children’s wear, past men’s wear…
Click on the following link to download the free pdf pattern: Polka Dot Ascot & Beret Pattern.
With summer around the corner, I struggle with what I want to knit primarily due to the heat. Who wants to knit a sweater in the dead heat of summer???
I think smaller projects like the ascot and beret can be used as transition pieces (ie spring & autumn) which would be perfect to get you through till the weather cools off once again. Also one thing to keep in mind with picking out projects for summer is work-wear. I know my office gets pretty frigid during the summer months which means cardigans are KEY for survival. :)
Let’s talk gauge. These accessories are knit using 8 sts per inch, which means fingering weight yarn.
You may be sick of me posting up patterns in fingering weight yarn, but I find that the lighter weight yarn really makes for a beautifully draped hand knitted piece. Plus it’s a rarity that the vintage patterns were made in anything else.
For such a delicate ascot you really wouldn’t want to use anything other than fingering weight yarn since your ascot would turn into a heavy winter scarf…. although you could probably get away with using a dk or sport weight yarn. :)
I’m trying to think of the perfect colors for this scarf and I keep sing it in a grey & white, similar to this fabric I’ve been drooling over.
Hope you all have a great weekend. I’m hoping to finish up & take photos of my completed Quaker Oats Dress, since I’m terribly close to completing. I have to do the hem, a bit of finishing, and redo my belt since I wasn’t satisfied with it. Aaaand if I’m super productive I may have some fun news to share come Monday or Tuesday. (No I’m not pregnant nor am I buying a house yet!)