My Bosc Angora Beret

On my last visit to Paris, one of the specialty yarns I purchased was a single skein of angora from Lil’ Weasel.

I generally try to purchase yarns from the actual city or country I’m visiting.  But I just couldn’t resist this angora from Lang Yarns of Germany.

The reason I decided to purchase a non-Parisian yarn was that the gals of Lil’Weasel had knit a sample hat using this yarn and I loved it.

I was going to knit that hat pattern but it unfortunately needed over 1 skein of the yarn, and I only had one skein.  Wish the gals would have directed me to purchase a second skein, but oh well…

I took to looking in my Ravelry Queue and easily found another hat pattern that I could make work: the Bosc Hat.

My skein of worsted yarn was 137 yards versus the required 180-220 yards for the the Bosc hat.  I threw caution to the wind and decided I was going to knit until I ran out of yarn.  If I had to frog it, it wouldn’t be the end of the world; I’d just pick a different pattern.

I cast on for the smallest size but I omitted a decent amount of the ribbing (at least 4 rows) in order to save on some yardage.  I knit the pattern as written, but started my decreases much sooner.  This resulted in a lovely, fluffy beret instead of semi-slouchy hat.

I certainly didn’t have any extra bits of this yarn remaining after weaving in the ends; which is just fine by me!

I love the halo that results in using angora fibers – this yarn is a 70% angora/30% merino mix.  The colorway I used was #0072, aka a light blue color.

Well… that’s all I have for you today on my Bosc beret.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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Comments (3)

  1. M. February 11, 2017 — 3:35 AM

    What a lovely beret! I think this style fits you nicely, especially with the new hair color and cut. Your version looks much more elegant than the original Bosc hat. Do you remember/write down when you started the decreases? I think I need berets in my life, too. :-)

    1. Liz February 12, 2017 — 11:56 AM

      I generally take copious notes while I knit, M, but with this beret I didn’t take a single one. :( I honestly made this beret as an experiment since I didn’t think I’d have enough yardage to finish it – hence no notes.

      If I were you, I’d reference another worsted weight beret pattern and see where they start implementing decreases (after how many inches of knitting from the cast on) and apply that back to the Bosc Hat. As long as you keep in the stitch pattern of Bosc & as long as the beret continues to fit your head, I think you can easily make it work for you also. Also keep in mind, blocking a hat around a plate also helps give it that ‘beret’ shape. Good luck!!

  2. M. February 14, 2017 — 3:41 AM

    Thank you! :-) Sounds like a very good idea. Now to think of it, I actually have a nice beret that I knitted ages ago which has a pretty good shape and should have the matching weight. So this will make a good reference point then.
    I didn’t know the trick with blocking around a plate. Ingenious! Thanks very much! :-)

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