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Skye Boat Knitted Beret Pattern


The Skye Boat Knitted Beret 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.

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

Skye boat 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 bulky/chunky/12-ply yarn 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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Knitted Beret Pattern 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!


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

You can wear it like a Scottish Highlander or as a classic French beret.

Perfect for a wintry day, this beret beanie will look chic in any color.


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

Gauge – 10×10 cm/4×4 inches= 9 sts/11 rows using larger needles (8 mm/US 11) in the stitch pattern.

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Yarn notes

  • Please note that this gorgeous yarn used is made with lambswool (wool) and kid mohair.
  • You can substitute with any Aran/Worsted weight yarn/10 Ply yarn.
  • Yarn weight – Medium Weight Yarn 04/Worsted/Aran/10 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 weight yarn/Chunky/12 Ply yarn.



Louise Bollanos


  • 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 the smaller needles – 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 for the main body of the hat:

  • 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 seam up the hat and weave in any loose ends.

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  1. Hi

    I am very confused on the decrease. When you say patt do you mean the the first patt on 7mm needles or the 2nd patt on 8mm needles >
    When you say work 2 rows is this in patt also rows 1 & 2 ?



    1. Hello Mari-Louise,
      You are only using the 7mm (US 10.5) needles for the brim section of that hat – this is t make it a little tighter when you wear it.
      When you complete the decreases, you are using the 8mm (US 11) needles.
      From the part in the pattern where it says to change to those size needles, you will only use them to work the rest of the pattern.
      Where it says to work 2 rows in the pattern, this means to continue in the pattern you are already working in –
      Row 1 (RS): SL1K, K1, *P1B, K1* rep from * to last st, K1.
      Row 2: (WS): SL1K, *P1B, K1* rep from * to end.
      I hope that helps!

  2. I’m new to knitting and would love to knit this beautiful hat. I’m just confused what these mean: Patt 5, Patt 4, Patt 3 etc

    1. Hello Annie,
      This means to work in the established pattern for 5 stitches, etc.
      So if you have been working in 2×2 ribbing, for example, you would continue to work in rib for 5 stitches.
      I hope that helps!

  3. Hi there, I love this pattern and I really want to knit it but I just cannot get the right gauge. Even using 14ply wool and 10mm needles I still get around 12 stitches per 4 inches. I don’t think I’m a particularly tight knitter. I can usually knit to gauge with most patterns. Do you have any ideas? Do I just keep trying bigger and bigger needles? Thank you

    1. Hello Sarah,
      You can try to use 12 ply yarn with 8mm/(US 11) size needles.
      14 Ply and 10 mm needles will make the hat too large I think.
      Bulky yarn or two strands of worsted knit together would be better.
      The gauge is 10×10 cm/4×4 inches= 9 sts/11 rows using larger needles (8 mm) in stocking stitch.
      I hope that helps,

      1. Thank you for your reply Louise. With 14ply wool and 10mm needles my stitches are still too small for the gauge, I am getting 12 stitches rather than the required 9 over 4 inches so if I tried 12ply wool and 8mm needles I would have even more stitches. I guess I just wanted to check that the gauge is definitely correct before I give up trying to make this pattern. I will maybe try again using double 12 ply or something.

        1. I think you will have to continue to experiment with different yarn weights and needle sizes to get somewhere closer to the correct gauge.
          And try it in the actual stitch pattern – not the ribbing for the brim band.

          1. OK thank you. The pattern says to check the gauge in stocking stitch so I have been doing that. Should I use the pattern stitch to check the gauge instead?

          2. Ok, try it with the larger needles in the stitch pattern that is used for the 8 mm/US 11 needles after the ribbing band.