The iconic snowflake is one of my favorite shapes in color knitting.
It conjures chills from winds of Nordic winters past which begs
one to grab their warm, wooly wears.
Anja begins with a 1x1 rib, then after a quick row of increases
to shape the beret and a few rows of knitting, you enter the
fun part—the color work. The leafy bit is easily memorized
and the snowflake, which may require the chart to stay close
at hand, is quite pleasurable to witness taking shape. The motif
is balanced on the top with reverse-direction leaves. The color
work is simple enough for a beginner to attempt, and easier still,
the crown is kept in a solid background so one can shape this
beret to a close rather quickly, without fuss.
Here, I chose the colors
Bird’s egg (blue) and Winesap (red) to give the beret a
modern in a vintage-y kind of way look. Topped off with a plush
pom-pom, of course.
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique] 1
16-inch US 3/3.25mm circular needle 1
16-inch US 4/3.5mm circular needle US
#4/3.5mm DPNs or 1 long circular for
working the crown