Crochet Gem Beret and Cowl

Pattern  The crochet beret pattern was bought as a kit from Kim Hargreaves.

Cowl pattern: My own design.

Yarn  Rowan Alpaca Cotton in #402 and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in #628.

Hooks  6 mm  hook for the hat and 5 mm for the cowl.

5 clay buttons for the cowl.

The hat pattern is really great: Easy to make and with a very good fit! I had to change the pattern slightly, because the yarn is a little thicker than the recommended Rowan Kidsilk Haze. This is my second project with this pattern and I am sure I will turn to it many years from now – a classic.

I have a problem finding nice looking crochet hats for me – but berets always seem to look OK :-)

 crochet hat rowan alpaca

I needed a matching cowl for the hat and designed one myself. For the crochet  stitches I used a  Japanese stitch guide found in a book.

crochet cowl with buttons

Closeup of the cowl

buttoned crochet cowl