September 14, 2006


This winter, it seems like everyone will stylishly sport the 1930s knitted beret (that's Joan Crawford in 1928 by the way).

Here's a very simple and rapidly-made beret in a chunky knit. I used Rowan Cork (thank you Bryony!) which is chunky without being bulky and therefore a good choice, especially if you like to see the stitch definition to add to that 1930s feel. It's knit flat rather than in the round (1930s style...), but the joined seam is hidden in the pattern made by the increases.


50g Rowan Tweed (I've used Ivy), one pair of 8mm straight needles, one pair of 5mm straight needles, a tapestry needle.
Gauge is not too critical, but if you knit very tightly and/or have a big head, you may prefer to use 6mm needles for the rib.


Cast on 3 stitches

Purl all odd rows through rows 1 - 21

Row 2: knit, increasing in every stitch (6 sts)
Row 4: knit, increasing in every stitch (12 sts)
Row 6: K1, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (18 sts)
Row 8: K1, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (27 sts)
Row 10: K2, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (36 sts)
Row 12: K3, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (45 sts)
Row 14: K4, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (54 sts)
Row 16: K5, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (63 sts)
Row 18: K6, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (72 sts)
Row 20: K7, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (81 sts)
Row 22: K8, increase in next stitch, repeat to end (90 sts)

Work 9 rows in stocking stitch, ending on a purl row

Row 32: K8, K2tog, repeat to end (81 sts)

Work 9 rows in stocking stitch, ending on a purl row

Change to 5mm needles and work 9 rows K1 P1 rib

Cast off, leaving a long tail (40cm) to sew up.

Pin right sides together and sew up back seam. Finish in ends.

I found it looked best with a brooch pinning the crown to the rib to make it sit gracefully asymetrical.


This is an offering for Whiplash, in the tutorial category.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Bryony said...

Now that is a good hat. Glad to see you put that yarn to good use :)

5:01 am  
Anonymous katrin said...

this is SO cool, i´ll be sure to make one!
thanks for the tute!

7:42 am  
Blogger sandra said...

great! i want one too! thanks for sharing :)

11:50 am  
Anonymous Desirée said...

Very nice. I will have to try that. Do you think dpns will work?

3:22 pm  
Blogger Poshyarns said...

Oh how lovely, I will have a go at that at some point. Beautiful colour too.

3:16 pm  
Blogger Kari said...

Great tutorial, I love it!

1:33 am  
Anonymous ambika said...

I have been lusting after a beret and really prefer yours to the other pattern I have printed out. Thanks.

2:39 am  
Anonymous Britt said...

does anyone know exactly what kind of increase to do in this beret?

6:05 pm  
Blogger Caitlin said...

KFB is the best increase for this pattern.

2:07 am  
Blogger Kate said...

how much yarn did you need?

6:51 pm  
Blogger Nancy said...

So I'm on my third hat. So fast and easy, and the finished project looks gorgeous. As a pretty new knitter, I have to say that this pattern is perfect for where my skills currently are. Two thumbs up!

7:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello i am hopeful~~ is this beret knitted flat or are the smaller straight needles dpn s ? how much yarn? would i ball of worsted #4 80 grams x 2 work?

12:47 am  
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12:48 am  
Blogger Annie Solomon said...

I'm very excited about knitting this hat but I'm a bit stumped. You say you knit hat with Rowan Cork, but in the pattern instructions you call for Rowan Tweed. I'm confused about what kind of yarn to use. Can you clarify?

Thanks for great pattern!

8:41 pm  

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