Chic Beret and Outsize Bag
Elegantly modelled on location in the Boulevard des Capucines for Paris in Focus showing "hand knits from Paris: top fashion to knit in bulky wool"
The bag is knitted in a variation on fisherman's rib, or brioche stitch, while the beret is plain.
Cast on 72 stitches and work 2½ ins. k1, p1 rib, working into the back of every stitch to give a twisted rib.
Shape crown as follows:
* k8, increase 1 by picking up horizontal
thread lying before next stitch and knitting into back of it; repeat from
* last 8 stitches, k8. [80 sts]
(k1, p1, increase 1 by picking up horizontal thread lying before next
stitch and purling into back of it, p13, increase 1 as before, p1) 5 times:
(k2togtbl, k13, k2tog, p1) 5 times.
(k1, p15) 5 times.
Continue decreasing 2 stitches thus in each stocking-stitch panel until
20 stitches remain.
Break wool, thread through remaining stitches, draw up and fasten off.
Stalk: Cast on 7 stitches and work 4 rows stocking-stitch; cast
Making up - beret
Press beret lightly on wrong side under a damp cloth, avoiding ribbing.
Bag Sides (make two)
Starting at base edge, cast on 60 stitches and work 1 row k1, p1 rib.
Change to fancy rib pattern as follows:-
Next Row: slip 1 knitwise, *
p1, knit into next stitch but through loop of row below at the same time
slipping stitch above off needle; repeat from *
to last stitch, p1.
Repeat this row until piece measures 10 ins.
Make another piece the same.
Cast on 14 stitches and work in rib pattern exactly as for main part
until piece measures 12 ins, slightly stretched.
Making up - bag
Make a hem across each piece of main part by folding over narrow piece
at top to wrong side.
Beret: 2 hanks Patons Big Ben Knitting.
One pair of number 4 (6mm) needles.
Lining material for bag approximately 21 inches square.
Cardboard or stiffening for base 12x3½ inches;
inch bag frame.
Equivalent to a basic tension of 15 stitches to 4 inches in stocking-stitch on No 4 needles.
Beret: average size.
k2tog: decrease by knitting 2 sts together.
k2togtbl: decrease by knitting 2 sts together through back loops, sometimes called ssk (slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, place 2 sts back on left needle and knit 2 slipped sts together through back loops).
A Word on the Wool
I don't know the size of the Big Ben hanks, but I am guessing they were at least 2oz (around 50g). My experience with chunky weight yarn bags leads me to guess that at least 6 50g balls might be required.