I thought about this beret a bit, and did a little research on shapes of berets and tams, and decided that I could continue on straight along on 240 stitches. I also transferred the stitches to a longer needle – I think it is a 36″ one – forgot to measure it before transferring the stitches – and the hat fits very nicely on it. The plan is to continue until there are at least 7 pattern repeats – about 35 rounds – before considering decreasing toward the brim. This choice will be dependent on the diameter of the hat at this point, or the distance of the radius, which would be measured from the base of the tab.
And now for a confession: I am using size 6 needles! Not 8s like I originally posted.
Final Rounds Before Decreasing
This is the pattern I plan to follow, beginning with the last increase round, which is rnd 19.
|Rnd 18:||*k2, p2* to end||192|
|Rnd 19:||*k1, yo, k1, p2* to end||240|
|Rnd 20:||*k3, p2* to end||240|
|Rnd 21:||*K3, p2* to end||240|
|Rnd 22:||*MCCO, m1 purlwise, p2* to end
Note: This is to keep the stitch count the same. If you did *MCCO, p2* to the end, the result would be 192 stitches.
|Rnd 23:||*k2, p3* to end||240|
|Rnd 24:||*k1, yo, k1, p1, p2 tog* to end
Note: The p2tog is at the end of the purl section, in the idea that it will balance out the decreases 2 rnds previous
|Rnd 25:||*k3, p2* to end||240|
|Rnd 26:||*k3, p2* to end||240|
|Rnd 27:||*MCCO, m1 purlwise, p2* to end||240|
From this point on, rnds 23 through 27 will be repeated.
From the point I began doing the purlwise increases, I have stayed with the purl increases being done in the stitch below. How I approach this increase depends on whether the stitch on the left needle is a purl or knit stitch.
To do them, on a purl stitch, I just stick the needle into the front “pearl” under the live stitch. The needle looks like you are ready to knit. Take the left hand needle and tuck it into the front of the stitch on the right needle, and remove the right hand needle. The stitch is now twisted properly. Purl it like you would a normal purl stitch.
The ones done next to knit stitches I go in from the back into the loop on the right side of the knit stitch with the right needle, and lift the stitch directly onto the left needle with the right. The right hand needle should be in the purl position. Purl the stitch. If your next stitch is a purl, continue on; if the next stitch is a knit, bring yarn to back of needle, and knit the next stitch.
Doing your purl increases prevents holes from magically appearing in your work.