CHARLOTTE BERET KNITTING PATTERN : INCLUDES 3 WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR STYLE

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Knit your way to instant chic with this sleek and fabulous topper. It's soft, stylish, and adds a playful touch to any autumn outfit.

Whether you're embracing the chic, minimalist trend, channeling your inner French beret enthusiast, or adding a playful touch with the ever-charming pompom, this pattern makes beret customization an engaging adventure crafted to suit your unique style.

NATURALLY SOFT, NOT CHEMICALLY SOFTENED

We created our LOLL yarn with a special blend of premium Merino and Baby Alpaca fibers to create soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably grown and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Argentina and Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.

PROJECT SKILL LEVEL : ADVANCED BEGINNER

Advanced Beginner projects are great for knitters with a few projects under their belt. Advanced Beginners can follow simple patterns, feel confident with basic stitches, simple increases and decreases for shaping, and are comfortable knitting in the round.

TIME TO MAKE

3-4 Hours

PATTERN SIZE: 

One Size: Fits most youth and adults.

PROJECT MEASUREMENTS

Ribbing circumference (relaxed) : 16.75" (Fits head sizes 21.5"-23.5")

Finished height: 8"

GAUGE

Stockinette Stitch: 5mm Needle
16 stitches x 22 rows = 4" x 4" square

CHARLOTTE BERET KIT CONTENTS

  • 1 Ball of Project Weekend's¬†LOLL.¬† Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y).¬†¬† ¬†¬†
  • 1 Pair of 5mm / US 8 Circular Knitting Needles
  • 1 Card With Links To The Online Pattern & our Knitting Video Tutorials Library
  • 1 Stitch Marker
  • 1 Knitters'¬†Sewing Needle¬†
  • 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND x ME." Woven Label

TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS

We've made learning easy! Easily reference our library of tutorial videos and step-by-step illustrations with just a click of your mouse. Look for tutorial links embedded throughout the pattern, and when in doubt, just click and learn!

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT GAUGE 

Taking some time before starting a knit project to make a gauge swatch can make all the difference between project success and total complete frustration.

A gauge swatch will tell you if you are knitting too tight or too loose for the pattern you are creating. It helps make sure that what you are knitting will measure out and fit just right. If you are new to knitting, you can also think of the gauge swatch as a test run for learning your stitches before you start your main project.

Cast-on with the recommended gauge swatch stitch count and knit the number of rows indicated in the Gauge sections of the Product Details Notes listed above.¬† Once finished, your swatch should measure out to 4‚ÄĚ x 4‚ÄĚ. If your swatch comes out too small, it means you are knitting too tightly, so loosen up your stitch tension a bit. If your swatch comes out larger than 4‚ÄĚx 4‚ÄĚ, you are knitting too loosely, so tighten up your stitch. Once you have found your gauge, you can begin knitting your project!¬†

Need more info on how to make a gauge swatch? Click here to learn more.  How to Create a Gauge Swatch 

PROJECT NOTES

This project is knit in-the-round using a circular needle. If you are new to this technique, please watch the video How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Joining In-the-Round and How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Magic Loop Method for a demonstration of these techniques.

To begin, you will create the ribbing, then do increases and decreases to shape the beret. The Magic Loop Method may feel a bit tricky when you have just a few stitches left, but don't worry! Blocking the hat afterwards will solve many tension issues in these final stitches. 

How to Use Circular Needles - Joining In the Round

How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Magic Loop Method

PATTERN ABBREVIATIONS

Click the underlined abbreviation to access instructional videos demonstrating how to knit each technique.

K:  a Knit Stitch.  When you see K followed by a number (ie: K8), it means you should knit the specified number of stitches. For example, in this case, knit the next 8 stitches.

K1tbl:  Knit 1 stitch, through the back loop.  

K2tog:  Knit the next two stitches together at the same time (a decrease of 1 stitch)

M1:  Make one stitch.  Performing this technique will result in an increase of 1 stitch. You have the option to choose between performing a M1R or M1L to create the stitch increase, just be consistent with your choice so your work looks consistent.
 
P:  a Purl Stitch.  When you see P followed by a number (ie: P1), it means you should purl the specified number of stitches. For example, in this case, purl 1 stitch.

PM: Place a Stitch Marker

THE BERET (three ways!) PATTERN

1. HAT RIBBING

With a yarn tail approximately 70" long, make a slipknot and cast-on a total of 64 stitches using the Longtail-Cast On Method.
 
Place a stitch marker on your right needle and join the work in the round, being careful not to twist any stitches. 
 
Rounds 1 to 3: 
*K1tbl, P1 repeat from * to the end of the round to create a 1x1 rib pattern. At the end of each round, transfer the stitch marker from the left to the right needle.
 
 
How To Cast-On Using The Longtail Cast-On Method. 
 
  

2. INCREASE SECTION

Round 1:
*K4, M1, repeat from * to the end of the round, an increase of 16 stitches. [80 stitches]
 
Rounds 2 & 3:
Knit all stitches.
 
Round 4:
K1, *M1, K5, repeat from * another 14 x's until 4 stitches remain before marker, then M1, K4, an increase of 16 stitches. [96 stitches]
 
Rounds 5 & 6:
Knit all stitches.
 
Round 7:
K3, *M1, K6 repeat from * another 14 x's until 3 stitches remain before marker, then M1, K3, an increase of 16 stitches. [112 stitches]
 
Rounds 8 & 9:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 10:
K5, *M1, K7 repeat from * another 14 x's until 2 stitches remaining before marker, then, M1, K2. An increase of 16 stitches. [128 stitches]
 
Rounds 11 & 12:
Knit all stitches
 
End of increases.
 
 
Decreasing: How to K2tog (Knit 2 Together)
 

3. DECREASE SECTION

TIP: Decreasing down to just a couple of stitches on your circular needle can make for some pretty tight stitches that are a challenge to knit. To help make knitting the last few rounds of the Beret easier, use the Magic Loop Method for the crown shaping. Watch our video Circular Needles - Magic Loop Method for a demonstration of this technique.

 Round 13:
*K12, K2tog, repeat from * another 8 x's, and 2 stitches remain, then K2. 
A decrease of 9 stitches.  [119 stitches]
 
Round 14:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 15:
K8, *K2tog, K11 repeat from * another 7 x's and 7 stitches remain, then K2tog, K5.
A decrease of 9 stitches. [110 stitches]
 
Round 16:
Knit all stitches.
 
Round 17:
K4, *K2tog, K10  repeat from * another 7 x's and 10 stitches remain, then K2tog, K8.
A decrease of 9 stitches.  [101 stitches]
 
Round 18:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 19:
*K2tog, K9, repeat from * another 8 x's and 2 stitches remain, then K2. A decrease of 9 stitches. [92 stitches]
 
Round 20:
Knit all stitches.
 
Round 21:
*K8, K2tog repeat from * another 8 x's and 2 stitches remain, then, K2. A decrease of 9 stitches. [83 stitches]
 
Round 22:
Knit all stitches.
 
Round 23:
K2, *K2tog, K7, repeat from * to the end of the round.
A decrease of 9 stitches. [74 stitches]
 
Round 24:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 25:
K4, *K2tog, K6 repeat from * another 7 x's and 6 stitches remain, then K2tog, K4.
A decrease of 9 stitches. [65 stitches]
 
Round 26:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 27:
K6, *K2tog, K5 repeat from * another 7 x's and 3 stitches remain, then K2tog, K1.
A decrease of 9 stitches. [56 stitches]
 
Round 28:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 29:
*K4, K2tog,  repeat from * another 8 x's and 2 stitches remain, then K2. A decrease of 9 stitches. [47 stitches]
 
Round 30:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 31:
K2, *K2tog, K3 repeat from * to the end of the round.
A decrease of 9 stitches. [38 stitches]
 
Round 32:
Knit all stitches
 
Round 33:
*K2tog, K2, repeat from * another 8 x's  and 2 stitches remain, then K2.
A decrease of 9 stitches. (29 stitches]
 
Round 34:
Knit all stitches.
 
Round 35:
*K1, K2tog, repeat from * another 8 x's and 2 stitches remain, then K2. A decrease of 9 stitches. [20 stitches remaining]
 
Round 36:
Knit all stitches.
 
Round 37:
*K2tog, repeat to the end of the round.
A decrease of 10 stitches. [10 stitches remaining]  
 
End of decreases.
 
  

4. FINISHING

Cut a yarn tail approximately 10‚ÄĚ long and thread it through the knitters sewing needle.

Beginning with the first stitch, pass the sewing needle through each of the remaining stitches, carefully transferring the stitches off your knitting needle and placing them onto the yarn tail.   
 
Once all stitches are on the yarn tail,  pull the yarn tail taught so the crown stitches close up snugly and neatly. The goal is to close up the stitches tight enough to remove any open hole from this area.   

Once complete, insert the needle through the crown hole, threading the yarn tail through to the interior of the hat. Turn the hat inside out and secure the remaining yarn tail by weaving in all yarn tail ends.
To learn how to weave in yarn tail ends for different types of stitches, click here:  WEAVING IN YARN TAIL ENDS.

5. BLOCKING IN THE BERET SHAPE & FIT OF YOUR HAT.

You've completed the knitting part of your beret hat and chances are it might not look or even fit like a beret just yet. You have one more step to do! Blocking your hat will permanently set in that beautiful Beret shape and give it an all over professional touch while making it feel even more kitteny soft than before by helping the tension of your stitches relax. Blocking, in one word.... is Magic!
 
Read more about the wonders of Blocking and why knitters are obsessed with this technique to complete all of their projects!  BLOCKING YOUR KNITS.
 

6. OPTIONAL: ADDING A DECORATIVE DETAIL

Personalize your beret to match your unique style by embellishing it with a pom-pom or adding a charming little "stalk" by knitting a short I-cord. 

OPTION 1 : ADD A POMPOM

To add a pom pom, click here:  HOW TO MAKE AND ADD A POM POM

OPTION 2 : ADD A LITTLE STALK

To add a little "stalk" topper, click here: ADDING A DECORATIVE I-CORD STALK TO YOUR BERET.