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Scottish Beret Outlander Knitting Pattern


The Scottish Beret Outlander Knitting Pattern will allow you to create a slouchy beret in the style of the MacKenzie Clan grey berets seen worn in all seasons of the Outlander series.

This beret is knit flat – back and forth on straight needles, then seamed.

It is a great project for anyone who is new to knitting.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.


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 bulky/chunky/12 ply yarn weight and has a really good fit.

Just enough slouch but also really stylish to wear!

You can see more beret patterns here:

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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.

You can see a roundup of Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

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

Scottish beret outlander knitting pattern


Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

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


  • To fit a regular-sized head (around 22/24 inches).
  • Diameter – 12 inches/31cms

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches = 11 sts/18 rows in stocking stitch.

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The Supplies You Need


La Mia Just Wool in Grey LT002 50g/116m/126yd x 2.

Yarn notes

  • Please note that the yarn used is made with 100% recycled wool.
  • You can substitute with any DK/Light worsted/8ply yarn.
  • Yarn weight – Light Worsted Yarn 04/DK/8 ply.
  • I knit this yarn with two strands together for a heavier chunky/bulky knit.
  • If you want to knit with one single strand only then you will need bulky/chunky/12-ply yarn.


  • Alt – Alternative
  • Beg – Beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • CO – Cast on
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • M1 – Make one stitch
  • 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


With 7mm (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 last 2 rows – 3 times more.
  • Next row: *Rib 2, M1, rib 3, M1; rep from * to last st, rib 1. (85sts)

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

Starting with a P row, work 13 rows in stocking stitch.


Keeping continuity of patt – shape as follows:

  • Row 1: K1, *K2tog, K10: rep from * to end. (78sts)
  • Row 2: this row and every alt row – Purl.
  • Row 3: K1, *K2tog, K9: rep from * to end. (71sts)
  • Row 5: K1, *K2tog, K8: rep from * to end. (64sts)
  • Row 7: K1, *K2tog, K7: rep from * to end. (57sts)
  • Row 9: K1, *K2tog, K6: rep from * to end. (50sts)
  • Row 11: K1, *K2tog, K5: rep from * to end. (43sts)
  • Row 13: K1, *K2tog, K4: rep from * to end. (36sts)
  • Row 15: K1, *K2tog, K3: rep from * to end. (29sts)
  • Row 17: K1, *K2tog, K2: rep from * to end. (22sts)
  • Row 19: K1, *K2tog, K1: rep from * to end. (15sts)
  • Row 20: (P2tog) 7 times, P1. (8sts)

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.

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  1. I love both of the berets. I am making them for my sister and myself along with the Claire’s Carolina shawl.
    How do I adjust the pattern for a much smaller head? I need 21 for my sister and 19.5 for me.
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Cathleen,
      You could try casting on fewer stitches – for example, 51 sts instead of 61 and then alter the decreases also.
      You could instead use a smaller needle size – perhaps a 6mm (US 10) for the brim, then a 7mm (US 10.5) for the main body of the beret.
      The bulky yarn could be used with those needle sizes also.
      I hope that helps!

  2. Hi Louise,
    I’m looking forward to finishing this beret but I’m stuck on: Next row: *Rib 2, M1, rib 3, M1; rep from * to last st, rib 1. (85sts)
    I’m a beginner and interpret this to mean: K P M1(K) P K P M1(K) P K M1(P) K P K M1(P)
    Am I close? Any help you can give me I’d appreciate.
    Thank you for sharing these amazing patterns, I thoroughly enjoyed completing the Carolina shawl

    1. Hello Shanie,
      For that row – *Rib 2, M1, rib 3, M1; rep from * to last st, rib 1. (85sts)
      You will rib 2 (K1, P1) make one stitch, rib 3 (P1, K1, P1) make one stitch, then repeat to the end of the row (making sure after the stitch you created is a P stitch).
      I hope that helps!