Fall is my favorite season.  This time of year is so fleeting yet so beautiful with the rich autumnal shades that surround us.  As temperatures dip, a cozy hat is perfect to keep the chilly winds at bay.

Courtenay is a textured beret with a leaf motif that is perfect for fall.  I used a skein of SweetGeorgia Yarns for this pattern in the “Ginger” colorway and the color couldn’t be more perfectly autumnal!  This hat uses less than 150 yards of worsted weight yarn and you can easily customize it to add extra slouchiness by knitting additional pattern repeats.  If charts isn’t your thing while knitting a pattern, worry not because the pattern comes with written instructions too.

I really had fun designing this pattern and wanted to see how it would knit up in a different yarn.  For my second Courtenay I used Berroco Ultra AlpacaThe alpaca in the yarn makes for a super warm hat that is so soft.

Thanks so much to my wonderful friends, Kelly, Jackie and Jocelyn who helped test knit this pattern.

Here is the pattern information if you’d like to knit up a your very own Courtenay:

Brim circumference approximately 18″ after blocking, will stretch to fit upto 23″ head.

Approximately 135 yds/125 m of worsted weight yarn
16” US 6/4mm circular needle for brim

16” US 8/5mm circular needle for body
1 set of US 8/5mm DPNs for top of hat
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

18  sts / 26 rows = 4″ / 10cm in stockinette stitch using US 8/5mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.

13 thoughts on “Courtenay

  1. Jocelyn

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to test knit your first ever (but most awesome!) design. I know this is just the tip of a very huge iceberg and I am glad I am right here at the beginning with you. Remember little ol’ me when you’re doing book signing tours and teaching other knitters how to be magnificent.

    So proud of you, my dear friend!


  2. Josie

    Congratulations on your first design! I am sure you are going to go places designing knits. Lovely hat.. will keep this in mind when I want to knit a beret.


  3. Kelly

    How did I not already comment on this?? I think Moose closed out the page before I got a chance to reply.
    Congrats on your first pattern! I adore it in the sweet georgia! And thank you for letting me test for you. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to see the patterns that follow this one,


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