Slouchy Knit Beret Pattern {The Bordeaux}


In this post, you will see a slouchy knit beret pattern.

This beret is the perfect addition to your fall/winter wardrobe!

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

Slouchy knit beret

Knit A Beret With Straight Needles

This beret is knit flat with a fisherman’s rib stitch back and forth on straight needles.

It is then seamed using an invisible seam, the mattress stitch.

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This hides the seam so you can’t see it at all, only on the inside.

Knit beret

The yarn I used for this chunky knit beret

The hat is really easy for anyone who is new to knitting and wants to make something amazing for themselves or to gift!

I used The Wool from We Are Knitters in the color, Bordeaux.

This yarn works well on sizes 12 mm (US 17) and 15 mm (US 19) needles.

Chunky knit beret
Slouchy knit beret

Slouchy Knit Beret Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

The Bordeaux Beret Knitting Pattern will allow you to create a slouchy super chunky beret with a pom-pom on top.

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

You can view the chunky Celtic cable knit sweater pattern here (ochre).

You can view the chunky cable knit sweater pattern here (forest green).

Skill Level – Easy (Advanced Beginner)

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • In all product listings please credit Handy Little Me (Louise Bollanos) as the designer.
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  • To fit a regular-sized head (around 22 inches).
  • Diameter – 10 inches/26 cms

Gauge – 10×10 cm/4×4 inches= 4 sts/6 rows using larger needles in Fisherman’s Rib.

Chunky sweater with Celtic cable design

The Supplies You Need


  • We Are Knitters – The Wool (200g/87 yds/80m) in Bordeaux x 1 ball.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.
  • This is a Jumbo weight yarn/18-20 ply yarn.
  • *Please note you could substitute this yarn with Super Bulky/Super Chunky/14 Ply Yarn but it is slightly thinner than the yarn used.
  • Remember to match any yarn substitute to the main needle size – 15 mm (US 19) knitting needles.



Other Materials

Pom Pom Maker – Clover size 2.5 inches/65mm

Chunky knit sweater


  • Beg – Beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • CO – Cast on
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • K3tog – Knit the next 3 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • P1B – Purl one stitch below
  • P3tog – Purl the next 3 stitches together
  • Patt – Pattern
  • SL1K – Slip one stitch knitways
  • SL1P – Slip one stitch purlways
  • St – Stitch
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
Chunky knit jumper


With 12mm (US 17) needles cast on 32 sts.

  • Row 1 (RS): *P1, K1* rep from * to end.
  • Row 2 (WS): *P1, K1* rep from * to end.
  • Rep last 2 rows – once more.

Change to 15mm (US 19) needles and work in patt as follows:

  • Row 1 (RS): SL1P, K1, *P1B, K1* rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: (WS): SL1P, K1, *P1B, K1* rep from * to end.
  • Rep these 2 rows 3 times more.


Keeping continuity of patt – shape as follows:

  • Next row: *Patt 4, P3tog, Patt 4, K3tog* – rep from * to end. (24sts)
  • Work 1 row.
  • Next row: Patt 3, K3tog, Patt 3, K3tog, Patt 3, K3tog, Patt 6. (18 sts)
  • Work 1 row.
  • Next row: Patt 3, K3tog, Patt 3, K3tog, P3tog, Patt 3. (12 sts)
  • Work 2 rows.
  • Next row: Patt 3, K3tog, P3tog, Patt 3. (8 sts)
  • Work 1 row.
  • Next row: Patt 3, Patt 2. (6 sts)
  • Work 1 row.

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.
  • Make a pom pom in matching yarn and stitch to the top of the hat, securing it in place.
  • If you need help to seam, you can view this blog post here – Mattress Stitch – How To Seam Knitting.
Louise and Jason chunky sweater

I love seeing your finished projects!

If you enjoyed making the beret, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

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  1. Good morning. Precious pattern. But I love your sweater. It is gorgeous. Thanks for an amazing blog to read. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. I’m very excited to have started the pullover sweater with the single cable. It will be my first venture into anything on a grand scale. It looks to me as though I will have enough leftover yarn to make up the hat as well. Is that the same as the “Skye Boat” hat? I can’t tell any differences. I want to buy the pattern when I get ready to start the work, which is what I always do. Thanks in advance!! Looking forward to working on my beautiful sweater.

    1. Hello Anne,
      Yes, this hat is the same as the Skye boat hat but has been adapted for the change in yarn weight.
      I hope you enjoy both patterns 🙂
      Happy knitting!