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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 new to knitting.

Scroll down to view the free pattern, or 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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Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

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

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Size Information

  • 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.


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

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.
  • Next row: *Rib 2, M1, rib 3, M1; rep from * to last st, rib 1. (85sts)
  • *Please note where it says to rib 2 and rib 3, then rib 1 – this means to work only two stitches, then only three stitches, and finally only one stitch. You have to keep these stitches in the rib pattern.

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

Starting with a Purl 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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Happy knitting!

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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!

  3. Hi Louise,
    I have to confess I had the same trouble as Shanie, who wrote to you back in 2022, with that increase row. To me it interprets as make 2 ribs, M1, make 3 ribs, M1 and so on. I cried quarts when I came out with something like 72 stitches! So happy I will be able to re-use the yarn, and I’m going to take a break before getting back to it. I’m wondering if others might have had the same problem. Can’t wait to get started on my chosen sweater, which will be next. Thanks!

    1. Hello Anne,
      I’m sorry that wasn’t clear enough – I added a note to the pattern to make it a little clearer for anyone who misunderstands what that instruction means.
      It is meant to mean that you are only knitting two stitches in rib, then three and finally one – keeping in the ribbing pattern.
      I hope that helps,

      1. That extra explanation in the directions worked like magic. I finally got back to my beret, and I’m about halfway through that row with no mistakes. Thank you so much!