Berets: The Ordinary Knitter – episode 68

The Ordinary Knitter Podcast
Berets: The Ordinary Knitter - episode 68
Himself models the Slip Stitch Beret

Welcome to Berets, episode 68 of The Ordinary Knitter, the knitting podcast that’s (mostly) about the projects. Find it on iTunes or acast, or subscribe via the feed link on the right hand bar (

My name is Heather and I’m @theordknitter on Twitter, @theordinaryknitter on Instagram and @ordinaryknitting on Ravelry. This week: the Slip Stitch Beret, progress on those towels, socks, and crochet.

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Flying the thistle

We’re off to the first Doddie Weir Cup match in November, Wales v Scotland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. We’re very dedicated Scotland rugby fans and I’d like to wear something that demonstrates that, without buying a ton of merch.

I have the cowl I made last year, but I want a hat so I’ve landed on the Slip Stitch Beret. You can hear all about it in the pod, but I thoroughly recommend this pattern. My only caveat is the sizing, which comes up pretty big round the head. I’ve made two and much prefer the second, and will definitely make more, but I’m going to experiment with sizing. I’ll make a small, with the extra repeat to give it the flop in the crown, and if that’s too small I’ll do an M/L but reduce the number of cast on stitches and increase with great care for the main part.

I had wondered about using the basic stitch count for the hat and putting in my own design, and I’m umming and ahhing about that just now. The flop in the hat might obscure the thistle, but I do have the space to create it. I’ll have to experiment, and will then have the pleasure of identifying appropriate non-acrylic yarns.

Music credit:

“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (
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