- Where to start
- Preparation of tools
- Measuring
- Sample preparation
- Calculate stitches and rows
- Start knitting
- Shutting down

You can talk endlessly about how beautiful the beret looks. However, it is not always possible to find the desired model in stores. Therefore, many creative people prefer to come up with a design and make a knitted beret on their own. Especially for such young ladies, we have prepared the following material.

## Where to start

Most beginner needlewomen do not dare to start making the product they are studying, because they are afraid of technology. But experts say that problems and mistakes can be avoided. If you think carefully beforehand. The first step is to decide on the style. To do this, it is recommended to be guided by the seasons of wearing a beret. For the autumn and winter version, you should choose models made of warm woolen yarn and decorated with voluminous patterns. For spring, you can prepare a knitted beret made of mohair, angora or acrylic. And for the summer, an openwork product made of fine yarn will be an ideal option. For example, "Iris".

## Preparation of tools

You can make the intended product both crochet and knitting. The technology is very similar. Also, professional craftsmen note that it is more convenient to knit with the first tool, because it is not necessary to calculate the number of loops for a set in advance. You can try on the chain as you knit. And when it reaches the desired length, close it into a ring and continue the formation of a knitted beret. However, the masters agree that it is better to crochet light openwork accessories. Indeed, thanks to the use of this tool, it is possible to make an airy thing, carefully insert additional loops into the pattern and at the end reduce the extra ones. But it is better to knit a warm beret.

## Measuring

Some knitters use standard parameters when making various products. However, all people are individual and the structure of the body and head may also differ from generally accepted standards. Therefore, it is better to independently measure the model on which you plan to knit a fashion accessory. Plus, it's very easy to do. It is only necessary to prepare an elastic centimeter, a piece of paper and a pencil. Then define the following parameters:

- head circumference;
- knit beret height.

To get the correct first value, you should place the tape measure in front of the eyebrows, and behind - on the most convex part of the skull. The second parameter is even easier to measure. We put a centimeter tape on the top of the head and bring the beginning to the upper corner of one ear. Then we determine the distance from it tothe same point on the other side. The resulting value is divided in half. Then we fix everything on paper.

## Sample preparation

If a knitter plans to make a conceived product with a hook, you can get started by calculating only its height. But if you want to make a knitted beret with knitting needles, both parameters are needed. In any case, experts advise knitting a pattern sample. This will help you better understand the circuit and make simple calculations. The sample is a square with a side of ten centimeters. The loops in it can not be closed, but we do not recommend dissolving until the end of the work. If several patterns are planned in the beret, you will need to knit a sample of each. And after that, calculate the parameters necessary for knitting.

## Calculate stitches and rows

The technology of this step is quite simple, and therefore accessible to beginners. When the sample of the pattern is connected, we count the number of loops and rows that turned out in it. If there are several samples, it is better to stick a sticker on each and indicate the necessary parameters on it so as not to get confused in the calculations. After that, we return to our measurements taken earlier. And we divide the length of the circumference of the head by the width of the sample - 10 cm. The resulting number is multiplied by the number of rows in it. The found parameter must be fixed on paper. After we calculate the estimated number of rows in a knitted beret - women's, youth or children's. To do this, divide the height of the beret by the length of the sample and multiply by the number of rows in it. Do not forget to write down the final value.

## Start knitting

Professional knitters recommend starting with an elastic band. The ideal option would be single or double. The rest on this accessory will look too rough. Therefore, we collect a previously determined number of loops and distribute them on circular knitting needles or hosiery. You can choose the right tool yourself, focusing on your wishes. If you want to make a seamless product, then we knit, moving in a circle. In any case, we perform the elastic with an even canvas, without making subtractions and additions. We vary the width of the elastic at our own discretion. When we reach the desired size, move on to the main pattern.

Some masters recommend adding the desired number of loops at the beginning of work. Traditionally, this number is equal to one and a half head circumferences. That is, we need to add another half of the total number of loops. But we do it at regular intervals. If you want to make a smooth transition, you need to perform other manipulations. We will study them in the next paragraph of the description of the knitted beret.

## Shutting down

To perform a smooth expansion, divide the number of additional loops by the number of remaining rows. To determine the last parameter, subtract from the height of the beret the rows that went to the elastic. Having made the necessary mathematical calculations, we proceed to knitting. We have determined how many stitches to add on each row. We distribute them evenly and knit. Having reached the top edge, we beginadd loops. We also do this using a special technology:

- Divide the current number of stitches by 3, 14.
- The resulting value is 2.
- Get parameter Р.
- Now divide the current number of loops by the parameter P.
- Thus, we find out how many loops need to be reduced in each row to make the top of the beret.
- Having finished counting, we start knitting. When we finish the conceived product, cut off the main thread and hide from the wrong side.

The studied accessory is not in vain so loved by the residents of the fashion capital. Parisians wear it not only in the cold, but also in the heat, choosing a light openwork knitted beret. Photos and descriptions of the necessary actions will help even beginners to bring the idea to life.