How to knit in the round: Seed stitch beret for beginners!

Hi all! ⊗

It’s already March, but the winter weather is doing its best to hang on just a little longer. In this post, I want to guide readers through creating a simple yet intricate patterned beret. It doesn’t have to be a winter month to knit a winter hat! Knitting in the round can be difficult for beginners who are more comfortable using straight needles.

I advise those beginners who aren’t comfortable joining in the round, using double pointed needles or casting on with circular needles, to practice casting on and knitting a few rounds before taking on this pattern. It is a tad difficult to get the hang of things while learning to knit in the round, so don’t be discouraged if your first projects are tiny enough to fit a newborn or big enough to be a stool seat cover. 

Tip: Invest in a circular row counter, it will help keep track of how many rows you have knitted and acts as a place marker to where the row starts.

I will be using 16″ size 10 (6.0 mm) circular knitting needles and size 10 double pointed needles. For this pattern you will also need a light weight worsted yarn made of wool, not acrylic. 

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I chose a lovely plum color for this hat! Photo credit: Dakota Burr

Step 1: Cast on 89 stitches

To begin cast on 89 stitches then join in the round. You will be left with 88 stitches after you join. It is important to cast on loosely and make sure not to twist the stitches. Place your marker on either needle before beginning row one.

Step 2: Knitting the ribbing

One of the special things about knitting in the round is not having to worry about two sides of the project like in straight needle knitting. If you were to simply knit all the way around your piece using circular needles, the pattern would actually come out as stockinette! It is different from the constant switching between knitting an entire row then purling an entire row on straight needles to obtain the stockinette pattern.

For a more finished and advanced look, you will be knitting a ribbing pattern to begin. Ribbing allows for a stretchy but snug opening to your beret. Stockinette tends to roll up and look unfinished while knitting any type of hat.  

  • First 11 rows: *K2, P2 *repeat until the end of row.
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Two by two ribbing. Photo credit: Dakota Burr

Step 3: Begin Seed stitch

Seed stitch is a little time consuming because you will need to be constantly moving your working yarn back and forth between each stitch. The finished pattern looks intricate with out the intricate patterns to follow, which I love about Seed stitch.

  • Row 12: *K1, P1 *repeat until the end of row.
  • Row 13: *P1, K1 *repeat until the end of row.
  • Row 14: *K1, P1 *repeat until the end of row.
  • Row 15: *P1, K1 *repeat until the end of row.
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Notice the difference between purl and knit stitches. Photo credit: Dakota Burr

Below, my beret is about two inches of ribbing with five inches of seed stitch. Continue in this fashion until your piece is at the desired length. The more seed stitch rows you add, the slouchier the beret will be.

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Step 4: Ending your beret

Once your beret has reached the desired length, begin to decrease your stitches. On your last seed stitch row switch to your double pointed needles. Switching from circular needles to DPN can be difficult for those just beginning to learn. Remember not to be discouraged, practice makes perfect!

  • Last row: *K1, K2tog *repeat until end of row.

After this last row, measure out a foot from your needle on your working yarn and cut your work from the ball with a pair of scissors.

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Finished beret! Photo credit: Dakota Burr

 

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Infinity Scarf for Beginners

Hi All! ⊗

I recently took a trip to A.C. Moore to buy one specific item: a mason jar or two for my succulents. As always, I ended up buying more yarn than I know what to do with. I will admit it has honestly become a real spending problem. I would rather not tell you how many different colors and textures of yarn I have amassed. I found a funky, lime yellow skein of yarn by of one of my favorite brands, Bernat, on sale! How could I not buy it? Below is a simple knitted pattern for the stylish infinity scarf.

I am using a #6 super bulky yarn made by Bernat. Bernat Blanket yarn comes in a ton of solid and multi-color styles, so pick whichever you like best! Begin by casting on 25 stitches using size 11 straight needles.

First Row: K1, P1, repeat until the last stitch, K1 (repeat all rows).

Below I have knitted a couple of rows with the knit one, purl one pattern. Repeat the same pattern on both sides of the work. When working on either side of the piece, you will be knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches.  This stitch pattern is one of my favorites for a scarf, besides stockinette, because it creates a thick scarf with some natural gaps between the stitches.

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Photo credit: Dakota Burr, for Mackieknitz

If you knit while watching a show on TV, like I do, you will often lose your place. Above you can see the difference between the knitted stitches and purled stitches. If you lose your place and forget if your next move should be to purl or knit just check if there is a bump in the stitch! No bump, move your working yarn to the front and purl. If there is a bump, simply knit the stitch.

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Photo credit: Dakota Burr, for Mackieknitz

Depending on how snug to the neck you want your scarf to be, continue knitting until the scarf is about 60-70 inches long. Above I have added six rows of stockinette just to break up the pattern and give it a more interesting look. When you have reached the desired length, you may begin to cast off. Leave a tail with the yarn long enough to weave both ends of the scarf together with a large sewing needle. Make sure to twist one end of the scarf upside down to give the scarf the final infinity look.

If you have any questions or want to post a photo of your own scarf with this pattern, do so below in the comments!

Introduction

Hi all! ⊗

After a difficult time of figuring out how to navigate this site, I’m able to finally create a post to introduce myself. Hoorah! Being an English major, I am not as tech savvy as most of my classmates who are journalism majors so bare with me!

Last year, I decided to work towards adding a minor to my studies and after some research of the programs I chose journalism. A lot of the skills I have learned from three years of English classes at Rowan University have helped me in my journalism classes… Until I had to create this blog. At the first mention of html I knew I was out of my depth.

One of my favorite things to do in my free time is knit! This usually gets a few weird looks from those who assume knitting is usually an interest of grandmothers. “Do-it-yourself” projects are not only fun and rewarding but are inexpensive. Especially when you have to decide whether to spend your last 5 dollars on lunch or yet another set of double pointed needles because your friends dog used the last pair as a chew toy (thanks, Delilah). 

In the next few weeks, I will be posting tips and projects for beginners as well as those who already know the basics. Possibly including the occasional post of funny or cute things, not always related to knitting, I find over the Internet. I will also be sharing how to create the projects I am currently working on such as the simple beginners scarf and hat I finished recently (See selfie below).                                                                                                             IMG_4048

A lot of links to Rowan and public events in the local area for DIY projects will be soon to come!