Crochet Inspiration in the Movies - The World War Two Beret

It's been a little while but here I am again with more crochet inspiration. To those of you who are new here, I am always on the lookout for more crochet inspiration. Partly because noticing fashions is just what I do, but mostly because I'm a crochet fanatic. I love being able to make my own things; and the feel of the different fibers of yarn with the cool aluminium of the hook, it's an experience only a true crocheter can appreciate.

So today's inspiration is brought to you by Foyle's War. Ever watch them? It is a modern crime drama series based on the situation in England during World War Two. Christopher Foyle is an English policeman who was refused a position in the war on the account of his usefulness at home. At first he didn't see it as so noble, but as the series continues he and his fellow policeman crack down on a great deal of war-related crime. There is mystery, some comedy, and a great deal of war-time drama. On the job with him is his sergeant, Paul Milner, a young man who was sent home after being permanently injured in the war, and his spirited driver, Samantha Stewart, fondly known as Sam.

It is definitely a series I recommend. But to get on with the post, in the last episode I noticed this beret.

Since I first discovered how easy it is to crochet berets some nearly ten years ago, I've made probably at least a dozen. But I've gotten to the point were I prefer the slouchier type on myself. I'm aiming to work out a pattern for a slouchy beret sometime soon.

But in the meantime, notice the stitch. It is really basic. In fact, it is the same idea as this infinity scarf I recently designed for Crochet Spot.

Vanilla Cream Infinity Scarf, click here to see more.
The scarf consists of three rows of double crocheted stitches and one row of double crochets and chain one intervals. Similarly the beret alternates between a solid row of double crochets and a row of double crochets with chain one intervals.

The stitch is obviously tight giving the hat some measure of stability. I would guess at the yarn weight being a size 3. In the past, crocheted projects were often made with a small yarn weight and close stitch. Only in the past 20 or so years have people become accustomed to the chunkier yarn. Now it's the norm to find crocheted items with the heavier look. But I wonder if that's just another evidence of mankinds impatience. Obviously, crocheting smaller stitches will take longer than crocheting a project with larger stitches. It stands to reason. But I digress. They all have their usefulness and I am in no way against one or the other. I use smaller stitches when I feel like it and the same goes for larger stitches. Or should I say, yarn weight.

Which by the way reminds me of the project I am getting ready to start. I have 7 balls of Hometown USA in Honolulu Pink. Anyone want to guess what I'm making?

Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more on the ocean, and hopefully later on I'll have another movie review!

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