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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.


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!

Knitted beret pattern

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:



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 inches).
  • Diameter – 10 inches/26 cms

Gauge – 10×10 cm/4×4 inches= 9 sts/11 rows using larger needles in stocking stitch.

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The Supplies You Need


Yarn notes

  • Please note that the yarn used is made with lambswool and kid mohair.
  • You can substitute with any Aran/Worsted/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/Chunky/12 Ply yarn.


  • 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


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 last 2 rows – 3 times more.

Change to 8mm (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 – 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!