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June 1

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…

As you know I have a mad crush on all thinks polka-dotted.  But I also felt like this pattern post is very timely, if any of you happened to catch Stephanie’s blog posts about all things berets.

Click on the following link to download the free pdf pattern: Polka Dot Ascot & Beret Pattern.

Click here to add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue or Favorites.

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!)

  1. Donna / Jun 1 2012

    I also love polka dots. I think my Mother had a scarf and hat like that. I would love to have a set!

  2. Ginger / Jun 1 2012

    How cute is this set?!! Love it!

  3. Stephanie / Jun 2 2012

    So cute! I’ve been pondering what to pick as my summer knitting project and something like this might be just the thing!

  4. Jo / Jun 2 2012

    This is rather adorable! I love polka dots! :)

  5. erin / Jun 3 2012

    This is the most adorable bow scarf!

  6. Meg / Jun 8 2012

    OH! I desperately need to learn how to knit because I need that ascot :)

  7. Couturette / Aug 16 2012

    Haven’t had much time for blog reading for a few weeks and I just discovered this pattern. This is soooo cute, I want to cast on right away ;-).
    Thanks for sharing and greetings from Germany,
    Ingrid

  8. Noelle / Jul 10 2013

    Has anyone made this set? I’ve been working on the beret first (in sport weight) and the dots are coming out a little oblong – I made them 3 stitches instead of 4 and that helped a bit, but am looking for advice from others…. No one on ravelry appears to have done the project.
    Thanks for sharing this for free. I am completely in love and want them to turn out perfect – being a little anal about the polka dots, I suppose. :)

    • Liz / Jul 10 2013

      I swatched the scarf a while ago and mine were also more oblong than round. I believe this is due to the fact that they’re done in intarsia.

      I have a blog post about the style of bobbles that I used for my bobble stitch jumper, click here. But if those don’t work for you, I think it’s a symptom of the multiple colors.

      If you’re determined on round bobbles, I’d check Ravelry/Google about bobbles and the color change not just about this set specifically. That may better guide you on how to knit them an alternate way.

      • Noelle / Jul 10 2013

        Oh this is a brilliant way to do it – with bobbles done THIS way (tried some others and they just weren’t as “compact” and neat). I’m going to try and see if they are more round and defined your way – seems they definitely would be. Thank you so much!
        Might also try going down to fingering as written – I just had lots of sport in the colors I like. :)
        Thanks again!

        • Liz / Jul 10 2013

          Hey Noelle.

          Don’t switch yarn weights until you try the new bobble method. I’d hate for you to have to buy more yarn since I fear that changing the weight may not affect the shape of the bobbles. I’d done my swatch with fingering and they were a bit oblong and not as round as my jumper (using the original pattern instructions of course).

          If you have some fingering weight at home (in any old color) you could always swatch the bobble to see how you like it before purchasing anything else. When in doubt-swatch! :)

          Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  9. Noelle / Jul 10 2013

    Great advice, thanks! Will keep you posted as I progress.
    Also, I too am a researcher by day, public health numbers and stats galore. Knitting is the only hobby I’ve ever found that engages my creative and logical sides and still proves to completely relax me. :)

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