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Beret Hat Free Knitting Pattern (Fisherman’s Rib)


This Fisherman’s rib beret hat knitting pattern is a great project for an advanced beginner.

This beret finishes with a pom pom sewn into the center on top.

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Fisherman’s Rib Beret Hat Knitting Pattern

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Skill Level – Easy


This Red Beret Knitting Pattern will allow you to create a slouchy beret in a fisherman rib stitch pattern.

This beret is knit flat – back and forth on straight needles and seamed to finish.

*Please note this beret pattern is the same pattern as the Sky Boat Knitted Beret Pattern, knit in a different yarn, and a pom pom has been added.

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  • To fit a regular-sized head (around 22 inches).
  • Diameter – 10 inches/26 cms

Gauge – 10×10 cm/4×4 inches = 10 sts/14 rows using larger needles in pattern.

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The Supplies You Need


  • 1 x We Are Knitters – The Petite Wool (100g) in the color – Red.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.
  • Please note that the yarn used is made with 100% wool.
  • You can substitute with any Bulky/Chunky/12 Ply.
  • Yarn weight – Bulky Weight Yarn.


Notions + Pom Pom Maker

  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Pom Pom Maker – Clover 2.5 inches/65mm
Knitted red beret outfit


  • Beg – Beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • CO – Cast on
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • P1B – Purl one stitch below
  • P3tog – Purl the next 3 stitches together
  • Patt – Pattern
  • SL1K – Slip one stitch knit ways
  • St – Stitch
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

Pattern Instructions

With 7 mm (US 10.5) needles cast on 61 sts.

  • Row 1 (RS): K2, *P1, K1* rep from * to last st, K1.
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, *P1, K1* rep from * to end.
  • Rep the last 2 rows – 3 times more.

Change to 8 mm (US 11) needles and work in patt as follows:

  • Row 1 (RS): SL1K, K1, *P1B, K1* rep from * to last st, K1.
  • Row 2: (WS): SL1K, *P1B, K1* rep from * to end.
  • Rep these 2 rows 7 times more, then 1st row again.


Keeping continuity of patt – shape as follows:

  • Next row: Patt 5, P3tog, (Patt 9, P3tog) 4 times, Patt 5. (51sts).
  • Work 2 rows.
  • Next row: Patt 4, P3tog (Patt 7, P3tog) 4 times, Patt 4. (41sts).
  • Work 2 rows.
  • Next row: Patt 3, P3tog (Patt 5, P3tog) 4 times, Patt 3. (31sts)
  • Work 2 rows.
  • Next row: Patt 2, P3tog (Patt 3, P3tog) 4 times, Patt 2. (21sts)
  • Work 2 rows.
  • Next row: SL1K, *P3tog, K1* rep from * to end. (11sts)

Making Up

Break yarn and thread through the rem sts, draw up tightly, and fasten off securely.

Using a flat seam like the mattress stitch, sew up the hat and weave in any loose ends.

Chunky knit beret

A Knitted Beret For Straight Needles

The beret was knit flat – back and forth on straight needles.

It is then seamed using an invisible seam, the mattress stitch.

This hides the seam so you can’t see it at all, only on the inside.

The hat is really easy for anyone who is new to knitting and wants to make something amazing for themselves or to gift!

Fisherman's rib beret hat

Knit A Hat

Hats are the perfect project for all makers!

Whether you are knitting an easy, snug beanie or a hat with a slouchy fit.

Or a more complex pattern with big or small cables, vines, lace, and intricate stitches on the body of the hat.

Find your perfect fit here – Hats + Headbands

Slouchy beret with pom pom

A Beret Hat

This beret has been knit with bulky/chunky/12-ply yarn and was a joy to knit in The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters.

It has a ribbed brim, and the main body is knit in Fisherman’s rib; it has just enough slouch but is also really stylish to wear!

You can see more beret patterns here:

More Winter Knitting Patterns

Knitted red beret hat
chunky knit beret the petite wool

What Is The Correct Way To Wear A Beret?    

Wearing breath can be a stylish and distinctive accessory, and there are several ways to wear it.

Here’s a general guide on how to wear a beret:

  1. Placement on the Head:
    • The beret is traditionally worn tilted to one side. It’s not meant to sit flat on top of your head.
    • Tilt the bar at an angle that feels comfortable to you. Commonly, people tilt it to the right or left.
  2. Positioning:
    • The beret is usually positioned just above the eyebrows and slightly to one side. It can be worn over one ear or positioned more centrally on the head, depending on personal preference and style.
  3. Hair:
    • If you have long hair, you can choose to tuck it into the beret or let it flow out. Experiment with both styles to see which looks and feels better for you.
  4. Military Style:
    • In a more traditional or military style, the beret may have a small emblem or badge on the front. In this case, position the beret so that the emblem is centered above the left eye.
  5. Fit:
    • Ensure that the beret fits snugly on your head without being too tight. It should be secure enough to stay in place but not so tight that it causes discomfort.
  6. Material and Season:
    • Consider the material of the beret and the weather. In colder weather, you might pull the bets slightly further down your forehead, while in milder weather, you can wear it higher.
  7. Casual or Formal:
    • Berets can be worn in both casual and more formal settings. The way you wear it and pair it with your outfit can convey different styles.
  8. Classic French Berets: 
    • Tilt the classic French beret at a slight angle to one side, positioning it just above the eyebrows for an effortlessly chic look. Allow the beret to slouch slightly to the side, and ensure it sits comfortably without being too tight or too loose on the head.
Red beret hat knitted

What Is The Best Yarn Weight For A Knitted Beret?  

The best yarn weight for a knitted beret depends on various factors, and each weight offers a unique aesthetic and level of warmth. 

Worsted weight yarn, aran weight yarn, and DK weight yarn are commonly favored for berets, striking a balance between substance and drape. 

These yarns create berets that are warm enough for cooler seasons while maintaining a comfortable weight. 

However, bulky weight yarns can also be an excellent choice, particularly for those seeking a quicker knit and a more substantial, cozy feel. 

Bulky weight berets often have a chunkier and more textured appearance, providing extra warmth and a stylish, relaxed look. 

Ultimately, the choice of yarn weight for a knitted beret comes down to personal preference, the desired season of wear, and the specific characteristics one envisions for the finished accessory.

Red beret fall outfit

How Long Does It Take To Knit A Beret?

The time required to knit a beret depends on various factors, such as the complexity of the pattern, the knitter’s skill level, yarn thickness, and needle size. 

A simple beret pattern with basic stitches might take a few hours to a day for an experienced knitter, while more intricate patterns or those incorporating special techniques could extend the timeframe. 

Yarn weight and needle size play a role, as thicker yarn and larger needles generally result in quicker progress.

Whereas lighter yarn and smaller needles take more time.  

Beginners may require more time, and consistent dedication to knitting sessions impacts overall speed. 

As a rough estimate, completing a project could range from a day for an experienced and focused knitter to a few days or more for those still learning or tackling a more intricate design.

Red beret hat outfit

How Do You Block A Beret?

To block a beret, begin by ensuring the fiber content is suitable for blocking; some respond well to wet blocking, while others may require steam blocking or be unsuitable for blocking altogether. 

After finishing the beret, weave in loose ends and decide on the blocking method.

For wet blocking, soak the beret in lukewarm water with mild detergent, gently squeeze out excess water, and shape it on blocking mats or towels, securing it with T-pins.

For steam blocking, hover a steam iron over the beret without touching it, shape the beret, and allow it to cool.

In both methods, let the beret air-dry completely before removing the pins, ensuring it holds its desired shape. 

The magic of blocking helps set the final form, smooth out stitches, and enhance the overall appearance of the beret.

Learn everything about blocking here – Blocking Knits – How To Block Knitting Guide. 

Knitted beret fisherman's rib stitch

Can You Knit A Hat On Straight Needles?    

This pattern will show you how to knit a hat with straight needles for complete beginners, working flat, back and forth.

This is a great project for anyone who is learning how to knit.

Check out the free knitting pattern here – How To Knit A Hat For Complete Beginners (+ Video Tutorial).

knitted ribbed hat in the petite wool

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out the knitting lessons here – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know. 

Including how to cast on, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows and a list of knitting abbreviations, and more. 

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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  1. This is a lovely beret; however, I crochet. Is there any chance this could/would be made as a crochet pattern? I’m an “adventurous beginner” and would welcome the opportunity to make a crochet version. The symmetry is very appealing.

    Louise, thank you for this beauty!

    Warm regards,
    Carol Brown

    1. Hello Carol,
      I’m so happy you like the beret, I am designing items for fall/winter 22 so perhaps a beret could be in there somewhere.
      I’ll see what I can do.
      Happy making!

  2. How many stiches would you need if you did this in the round??? bc I lost my straight knitting needles that I mainly use 🙁

    1. Hello Dayna,
      You would cast on the same number of stitches to knit the hat in the round.
      But you can knit it flat with circular needles also – back and forth.
      I used my circulars to knit everything – I rarely use straight needles now.
      I hope that helps!