Ah, the slouchy beret. It took much longer bringing this pattern to you than was ever intended however, I’m certain that you’ll be able to relate to the story.
I was seeing the general style just about everywhere I looked. Have you ever had that happen to you? You focus on something and suddenly it seems as though it appears just about everywhere you look. Well, that is how the story began. Inspiration was coming from everywhere, especially magazines since the slouchy beret seems to be very popular with the celebs these days. I decided that I wanted one of my own and didn’t think it would take very long to design and create so I added it to my list.
As summer was almost upon us, the first decision was a relatively simple one to make. I would choose a cotton or cotton-like yarn and when I then happened upon Sirdar’s JustSoya yarn on sale, that was it. It just doesn’t get any better than that. (JustSoya is a DK weight, 100% soybean yarn that behaves a lot like cotton.)
I also knew that I wanted my pattern to come together at the top in the shape of a star. I wanted my beret to be interesting and attractive from the back as well as from the side. No problem with that, so I selected my stitch, worked out the math and happily set about knitting my beret.
At the same time, I had decided to be really efficient on this project and keep my notes right in my pattern template on the computer. Prior to this point, I had been keeping pattern notes using pencil and paper, transcribing to my template only later, when finished. I was feeling very proud of myself for this move as well, since it would save me a couple of steps and a good deal of time when finished.
A couple of evenings later, I had just worked through all of the crown decreases, threaded together the final stitches at the very end and was just about to pull that final thread tight when my computer froze up tight. I froze right along with it. There was no ‘slowly dawning’ going on, no gradual realization. One second I was feeling particularly satisfied with my work, pleased with a job well done and the next second, my bliss had come crashing down around me. Talk about knitting “non-zens”!
I would have to reboot my computer in order to proceed. I knew that I hadn’t saved my pattern since working through my crown decreases. I just knew I was hosed however, I was also in a bit of denial. I tried to access the file across the network (a very silly thing to try), and I dug through temp folders to no avail. I just couldn’t believe that I could find no evidence of my work. Finally, I did the only thing I could do and set it aside for a few days until I could face ripping it out and starting again.
When I did come back to it, I thought I might have enough yarn to simply start over with a second beret and even add a bit to the original pattern. I did the math for the new version and started knitting anew. This time I saved my file each and every row until I was able to finish. I will say though, that by adding to the original, I ran out of yarn about 1/2 way through the crown decreases and had to rip out the first version anyway.
In the end, it all worked out for the best. I’m happier with the final version than I was with the first even if it did take twice as long to make. I suppose the first version simply wasn’t meant to exist.
If you are interested in knitting this pattern yourself, it is available on our site in the free knitting patterns area for a limited time.
Now it’s your turn. Have you had a project that just seemed to take on a life of it’s own?