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Beret Knitting Pattern (Beginner Friendly!)


This beret knitting pattern will knit up quickly, and the finished item will definitely keep you looking stylish.

I wanted to share with you an easy flat knit beret, that you can make in around 2 hours and is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit.

This hat is not knit in the round, it is knit flat with straight needles and then seamed.

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Beginner beret knitting pattern

Inspired By the Clan Mackenzie Berets From The Outlander Series

I designed three berets as part of my new Outlander Collection inspired by the clan Mackenzie.

This beret has been knit with Aran weight yarn/Worsted weight yarn/10 Ply yarn and has a good fit.

Just enough slouch but also really stylish to wear on a wintry day!

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Knitted Beret Pattern Straight Needles

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

It is then seamed using an invisible seam, I used 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!

Related Post: How To Knit A Hat For Complete Beginners (+ Video Tutorial)

More Outlander Knitting Patterns

I wanted to make an Outlander collection of knits that are inspired by both Claire and her daughter Brianna, from Sontag shawls, mittens, and scarves.

Check out all of the Outlander free knitting patterns here. – Outlander Pattern Library

You can see a roundup of Outlander Knitting Patterns here. – Outlander Patterns {Beginner + Intermediate}

There are also the Outlander Pattern Collection Ebooks you can view in my shop below:

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Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

The beret knits up quickly, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

Size Information

To fit a head circumference of around 22/24 inches.

Diameter – 10 inches / 26cms

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 18 sts / 24 rows in stocking stitch.

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The Supplies You Need


Yarn notes

  • Please note that the yarn used is made with 100% wool.
  • You can substitute with any worsted/10ply yarn.
  • Yarn weight – Medium Weight Yarn 04/Worsted/Aran/10 ply

Needle Size

You will need smaller needles and larger needles for this pattern…


top side of the beret

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Alt – Alternative
  • Beg – Beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • CO – Cast on
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase
  • K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • P2tog – Purl the next 2 stitches together
  • Patt – Pattern
  • St – Stitch
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rib – work in ribbing K1, P1
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

How To Knit A Beret

  1. Cast on and knit the brim

    With 4mm (US 6) needles cast on 80 sts.
    Row 1 (RS): *K1, P1 rep from * to the end of the row.
    Row 2 (WS): *K1, P1 rep from * to the end of the row.
    Rep the last 2 rows – 3 times more so that the piece measures 4cm/1.5 inches from the cast-on edge.flatlay beret working the brim

  2. Knit the main body of the beret

    Change to 5mm (US 8) needles and work in patt as follows:
    Next row: *K1, KFB – rep from * to the end of the row. (120sts)
    Starting with a P row, work in st st until the piece measures 5.5 inches/14cm from the cast-on edge.top side of the beret

  3. Decrease

    Keeping continuity of patt – shape as follows:
    Row 1: K1, *K2tog, K10: rep from * to end, K2tog, K9. (110 sts)
    Row 2: this row and every alt row – Purl.
    Row 3: K1, *K2tog, K9: rep from * to end, K2tog, K8. (100 sts)
    Row 5: K1, *K2tog, K8: rep from * to end, K2tog, K7. (90 sts)
    Row 7: K1, *K2tog, K7: rep from * to end, K2tog, K6. (80 sts)
    Row 9: K1, *K2tog, K6: rep from * to end, K2tog, K5. (70 sts)
    Row 11: K1, *K2tog, K5: rep from * to end, K2tog, K4. (60 sts)
    Row 13: K1, *K2tog, K4: rep from * to end, K2tog, K3. (50 sts)
    Row 15: K1, *K2tog, K3: rep from * to end, K2tog, K2. (40 sts)
    Row 17: K1, *K2tog, K2: rep from * to end, K2tog, K1. (30 sts)
    Row 19: K1, *K2tog, K1: rep from * to end, K2tog. (20 sts)
    Row 20: *P2tog rep from * to the end of the row. (10 sts)view of the beret from the outside seam

  4. Making Up

    Break yarn and thread through the rem sts, draw up tightly, and fasten off securely.
    Using a flat seam (the mattress stitch) seam up the hat and weave in any loose ends.seaming on the inside of the beret

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  1. Do you. Know the stitch numbers to make the ban slightly smaller? I made it as stated but it feels a little big. Thanks

    1. Hello Diane,
      To make the beret smaller you could try casting on 70 stitches or less – but you would have to work out the decreases from whatever number of stitches you decide to cast on.
      Let me know how it goes!

  2. Do I just do a knit 1 and purl 1 on the same row or do I do the knit 1 first and then purl 1 after the knit row for the Brim? ¿

    1. Hello Dayna,
      After you have worked the brim, you will start to work in stockinette stitch, the first row is a knit row, where you will increase, then the following row is a purl row.
      You will then continue to work in stockinette stitch until the piece measures 5.5 inches.
      I hope that helps!

      1. OMGGG, Thank you I was wondering how to do the main body of the hat has im quite a newbie to the knitting world

  3. thank you for the pattern but I loathe Outlander, it could have been so much better but the history is so, so poor like someone had two ideas and made up some cartoon nonsense to fill in between, it’s agony to watch, I buy the books second hand and throw them in the trash