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27+ Free Knit Beret Patterns

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Knit berets are the perfect way to add a cozy, handmade accessory to your wardrobe. Whether you’re knitting for your partner, your kids, or yourself, this collection of free knit beret patterns is sure to inspire.

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Knit Beret Patterns

Tired of knitting the same old beanies? Change up your usual knitting routine and try your hand at a chic, sophisticated beret.

This collection of free patterns includes everything from the simplest knit beret patterns for beginners, all the way to intermediate and advanced patterns that feature cables, colorwork, and other intricate designs. 

What is a beret?

First things first – what exactly is a beret? A beret is a soft, round hat with a little brim. You’ll often see them worn flat on the top of the head – but you can also wear them set back, diagonally on one side, or pulled over the ears.

  • Customizable. One of the best things about knitting your beret is customizing it exactly how you want! Choose your favorite design, and make it your own.
  • Versatile. Berets aren’t just for women – these free knit beret patterns include numerous options for men and children, too! 
  • Timeless. They’re an excellent addition to nearly any wardrobe, and they make great gifts, too! 

Can beginners knit berets? 

Knitting a beret is approachable even for beginners. And they’re a fun and relatively quick project – perfect for expanding your skill set.

Though they may look intimidating, a knit beret uses many of the same techniques and stitches as a standard beanie. So, as long as you know basic stitches, increases and decreases, and how to knit in the round, you’re ready to go.

Some of the easiest beret patterns for beginners I’d recommend are the Novita Icelandic Wool Renga Beret (#15) and Le Béret (#25).

Necessary Supplies:

Okay, before you cast on, here’s what you’ll need:

What yarn is best for knit berets?

For yarn, I like to use wool because it keeps you ultra warm and cozy. Wool yarn is also durable and can stand up to years of wear.

But if you want something lighter for warmer weather, try wool blends or even plant-based yarns. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s nice and soft (so it won’t irritate your skin!)

Some of the most popular choices for knit berets include Cascade Yarns Cascade 220, Malabrigo Worsted, and Lion Brand Hue + Me.

Tip: In this list, we’ve included suggested yarns for each pattern so you can get right to knitting!

27+ Free Knit Beret Patterns

Take a look at these stylish free knit beret patterns for your next project. Happy knitting!

Techniques to Know:

Here are some techniques you may need to know to make your beret.

Read through your pattern before starting to ensure you’re comfortable with all the techniques and stitches.

Tips and Tricks for Knit Beret Patterns

Make a gauge swatch.

Remember to make a gauge swatch before getting started! This is an essential step to ensure that your beret is the correct size. If your gauge is too large or too small, you can adjust your needle size as needed.

Block your beret

Blocking your finished beret helps to give it its signature look and creates a professional-looking finish. Here’s a weird tip that works: You can even use a dinner plate to help give your beret the right shape! Dampen your fabric and stretch your hat over a plate, then let it dry. 

Check the care instructions.

The last thing to remember is how to care for your beret. Check the yarn label, because not every wool can be tossed in the washing machine. Some yarns need to be hand-washed instead. When in doubt, hand washing is a safe bet for wool. 

Not sure what to do? Check out this guide for washing wool yarn.

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