How a Beret Hat Make a Fashion Statement?

When it refers to a beret, a cool image of French women may pops into your head, such as the cool-looking Brigitte Bardot. Maybe she is smoking a cigarette or eating a baguette. If it rains, she may wear a black beret to keep her blond locks from raindrops. Or an image of guerilla leader Che Guevara, who wear a beret hat with a silver star,  comes into one’s mind suddenly; or an image of a Black Panther member, his fist high in the air; or a similar image of Beyoncé during her Super Bowl show.

Certainly, the beret has been around for centuries and has transformed along the history and time. During long history, it has been taken as symbols of a plethora of different types of people, states and identities. The present-day styling of berets — a disk of pressed wool that snuggle hugs the wearer’s head — have been around for centuries. According to a famous archaeologist, traces of hats similar to berets have been found in Bronze Age tombs in Italy and Denmark, as well as those carved in sculptures and paintings across Western Europe. It’s said that two kinds of hats were often worn in ancient Greece and Rome — petasos and pileos. Over evolution through thousands of years, two above hats have transformed into flat and floppy hats.

When such hats surged in other regions of Europe from 400 B.C. to 13th century, those hats were varied in shapes and sizes. In spite of diverse shapes and materials, all of them were made of felt. It was easy to make felt in ancient times, and now it is still a kind of economic and easy-making material. During manufacturing process, all needed materials are wool, water and pressure. Over hundreds of years, poor farmers and pastors always stuff melded wool and craft tufts into their shoes, so that they could stay in warm and comfortable on long walks. After full-understanding of optimal performances in weather proof, it was regarded as an assortment of superior textiles, which were stuffed in shoes, jackets, scarves, hats, etc.

Signature Accessories of the Poorest Class in 1500 and 1600s

Although they were easy to access or to manufacture, such hats permeated all poor classes in Europe. What we have seen most, in diverse shapes and styling, is work of arts in this era. Artists like Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer had worn them and such images had been recorded in paintings and other works. For persons working outside, berets were utilitarian items to shield coldness.

The Birth of the Name in the 1700s and 1800s

When the 1800s rolled in, the beret was taken as a symbol of political campaign in Spain during the Second Carlist War, because a leader of Carlists wore a red beret at the start of long-term revolutionaries. Then all armed persons put on the flat hats.


In following stages, berets have gradually turned to accessories in fashion circles. More and more people also accepted them as parts of their lives. More detailed information will be released next time.

Detailed Craftsmanship of Felt Beret

It seems that felting is a complicated craftsmanship. Some skillful craftsman said it is relatively easy. One will addict to the process if he or she has tried. Certainly, I am one person hooked by the interesting but time-consuming work. I have made many felt items in daily life, such as slippers, scarves, table runners and rugs. Nothing could stop such steps if one could access to enough wool.

Home-planted plants could be used to dye wool; one can also purchase commercial dyes to dye wool in a more striking color. Average people could access to roving at online stores or at brick-and-mortar stores. In fact, roving is wool strands having been brushed many times until sitting side-by-side. But such strands are a little fuzzy and will mix with each other when agitated. As an ancient craftsmanship, felt could be used to weave everything, such as sheets, hats, blankets, carpets, tents, etc. In ancient times, those products were produced by matted, condensed and pressed wool. There is also a legend about felt. It’s said that Saints Clement and Christoper stuff sandals with wool to prevent blisters in fleeing persecution. By the end of the fleeing, wool had been transformed into felt. This also reasons of invention of socks.

In general, outer scales of wool will open when they mix with heat and moisture. At this point, an irreversible matter will occur to fibers. All wool will hook together, and they are difficult to fall apart. Nowdays, we mat wool through wet-felting. We clean wool with soap or detergent in warm water. Soaps or detergents enable wool slide, allowing them tangled and hooked more easily. It should note that dried beret will shrink and become smaller than the wet one. In general, the pattern in the process of wet-felting will be 30% larger than the desired outcome.


Large plastic sheet

Tracing paper

Wool Roving

Hat block


Cut a circular template with a 40cm diameter. The template is not only a model of pattern, but also a resist. In other words, it is a barrier creating the interior of the beret. In the center of the template, make a circle with a diameter of 12-15cm. One can also draw another circle in a larger diameter. Then lay the roving in a later step. Lay two piles of roving evenly on each side of the template.

Pull off small pieces from a pile of roving. Do not leave those small pieces chunky and wispy, otherwise fibers could be matted together. Begin with the underside of the template, and lay the first-layer fiber on the resist. Please keep all roving pointing to the center. Add fibers to the template until completing the circle. It should note that do not add too much on it. It’s ok to watch the template through the wool. Then add the second layer, lay fibers in the opposite direction. All firbers will go around the center this time. There will be four layers in total. See more detailed information next time.

Time to Hang Up the Beret

Almost all buyers will plunk money for the artist rather than just a painting. My good friend is an artist, he usually pains in his studio. After creating works of art, they will be hung in galleries to sell. Art dealers will pay more attention to the name, reputation, history, story and vision of artists. Therefore, fine artists need to know more about the work and painter at the same time. Presenting images in their minds to paper is the big part of  marketing. It should note that commercial art is not fine.

The principle is applicable to almost all industries. There is no exception to hat’s design. I’ve learnt many skills in a master class, where everything I need to know has been explained and taught. In the previous lesson, lectures have imparted experience in stitch-counts and rib. Besides, I also learned something about how to choose colors for my works of art. At present, I will explain all you need in the process. When one knits in the round without increasing stitches or reducing stitches regularly, the final product will be in the shape of tubes. One could increase stitches gradually to enlarge diameter of the hat; then reduce stitches gradually to form the flat part of the hat.

All these steps need carefulness and patience. A hat could not be completed by a careless person. Drawing out a pattern chart could be a little difficult, but it could be a lot of fun. Computer would be useful to everyone to draw patterns on Excel spreadsheets. Set up your spreadsheet so that the shape of the cells are square. Knitter’s graph paper is normally made up of ‘wide’ rectangles (because stitches are wider than they are tall). However, knitting is normally fairly square in tension, so squares, or rectangles that are only very slightly wider than they are deep, will actually give you a more accurate impression of the final look or your hat.

A spreadsheet could show you patterns and final effects. After seeing the chart, you will get the place to repeat, copy and past. Please do not copy and overlap with other sections, otherwise there will be mistakes and troubles when you knit. Since decided my pattern repeat, I have calculated to see the number of my stitches to complete the hat.

Nevertheless, I have to make regular-increased stitches to the head circumference, to shape the hat as expected. One should work in whole repeat, then the hat will look symmetrical. One should increase or reduce slightly to fit with patterns in case one would like to round the hat. One would find it is still confused after reading the guidance, because it may not suitable to you. Then join us and try to learn more detailed information, then you will knit a satisfying UK BERETHAT, beanies and the like.

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French Beret: A Icon of France

The reason why a beret becomes a kind of hat in the time.  Beret could mean many things, but it becomes a symbol of the time, now. When the fashion month comes to end, berets sweep everywhere in short time like on runways, streets and celebs. Many super stars like Elsa Hosk, Rihanna, and Bella Hadid wear ensembles with classic hats. Earlier this month,  Solange topped a French beret, matching with a pair of earrings. One also could find berets on runway of Dior in 2017. Models worn cool leather berets at that time. They are available and coveted by many fashionistas. I also believe we will see more berets in the future. But what’s the reason for its popularity?

Because berets contain more meaning and own a long history. In fact, berets play a more important role in politician rather than meet the eye. Besides, berets also connect to rebels in some occasions. When confronting controversial ideas about how to wear berets, there are also different ideas, such as pulling back to a side, clipping to one’s hair at an angle, topping on one’s head slightly, etc. When it refers to beret hat, many names of super stars may occur to you all at once.

Different Countries, Different Culture

Berets have different styles, because they rooted in various countries across the world. For instance, a French beret is different that of Scotland or Spain. It’s typical that berets were made of affordable felt from the beginning. When it comes to aesthetic involving berets, it could date back to the 1500s. At that time, berets are choices of poor people, because of cheap manufacturing.

In the mid 1800s, Basque soldiers worn striking and distinctive red berets in the Second Carlist War. During the World War II, the French people boycott soldiers worn the beret. In 1960, soldiers of arm, dictators, politicians worn extremely similar berets. But now, the main mission of berets is fashion, displaying individualism, lovely temperament, vintage and even rebellion.

As an English man, hats become must haves for average people. Different hats apply to different identities, seasons, weathers, etc. Hats are a product of weathers, culture, politicians and national characters.

After knowing about some traditions about Indian accessories, it’s time to know about those in Indian. For the influence from diverse countries, India absorbed essence from different cultures, forming unique cultural legacy over the world. In the aspect of fashion accessories, Indians have always absolute advantages in front of others. They also do not need to cater to the latest trend. All things they need to do are adapt accessories to go with their costumes.

Let’s look at some accessories of Indians

Bindis, a red dot on the forehead, is an epitome of Indian tradition. Jhumkas are earrings adding charm to Indian women. In addition to pair with traditional costumes, they could also match with a variety of outfits, like skirts, kurtas and palazzos, draw-string pants and tunic, tee and jeans! They absolutely go with anything! Thank you for visit the website. You can also send E-mail to us and propose suggestions.