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Classic Beret Knitting Patterns


Klara Nilsson | Updated on November 17, 2022

The beret is an iconic hat that is typically knit with felt, crocheted, or hand-knit wool. Worn with a slouchy fit on the side of the head, it’s a flexible accessory that can be knit in bright colours or subtle earthy tones for a summery or vintage look.

Mostly knit in stockinette stitch, beret knitting patterns are typically quite simple and can be knit up reasonably quickly with a minimal amount of yarn. Most beret hat knitting patterns use double-pointed or circular needles, but you can also knit a beret using straight needles, depending on the pattern.

We’ve curated this list of the easiest adult beret knitting patterns from indie designers and bigger knitting brands. The patterns we’ve picked provide a wide range of designs, knitting techniques, and difficulty levels – from classic french berets to super-easy chunky designs with a slouchy, relaxed silhouette.

You’ll find a mix of patterns using lace, aran, and mid-weight yarns knitted with both straight and circular needles. Much like knitting patterns for mittens, they make a great option for using up leftover yarn or starting up a new project for beginners. As a general guideline, you’ll need about 75g-100g of yarn for an average-sized beret.

When it comes to sizing your beret, it’s best to opt for a slightly smaller diameter than the actual circumference of your head. Wool is typically stretchy, so the best beret fit will come from a smaller size – unless you’re deliberately knitting for a slouchy fit!

14 Easy Beret Knitting Patterns (Modern & Classic Styles)

Regardless of which style or knitting method you’re looking for, you’ll find a simple contemporary beret knitting pattern hand-picked for you in this list.

1. Beret No. 1

Beret No.1
Price$4.79/£3.75
Difficulty LevelBeginner/Intermediate
Suggested YarnCashmere Me – Gepard Yarns
Designer’s WebsiteBeret No. 1 – My Favourite Things Knitwear

This knitting pattern from My Favourite Things Knitwear is knit in the round to create the ultimate classic beret. The digital pattern comes with two sets of instructions, allowing you to choose whether to include a pompom.

This pattern is ideal for an intermediate or advanced-beginner knitter who is comfortable working in the round and changing to double pointed needles as the beret develops.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 2/2.5 mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
US Size 3/3 mm (60cm or 80cm Cable)
US Size 3/3 mm Double-Pointed Needles
Yarn Weight25g = 180m
Yarn Quantity50g (1 ball)
Accessories1m of Knitting Elastic

2. Amelie Beret

Amelie Beret
Price$5.60/£4.04
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Suggested Yarn Sugar Baby Alpaca – Wool and the Gang
Designer’s WebsiteAmelie Beret – FridayKnitsDesigns

Another beautiful pattern from FridayKnitsDesigns, the Amelie Beret is also a classic beret style that is knit in the round using circular needles.

You’ll need around 135 meters of double knit or worsted yarn to complete this pattern – just make sure to test the gauge first.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4mm Double-Pointed Needles
US Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
US Size 8/5mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
Yarn WeightDK or Worsted Weight
Yarn Quantity125m-135m/136-124 yards
AccessoriesN/A

3. Jacqueline Beret

Jacqueline Beret Back
Price$48/£34.62
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Suggested Yarn Bespoke Cashmere DK – Clinton Hill Cashmere
Designer’s WebsiteJacqueline Beret – Clinton Hill Cashmere

This french beret knitting pattern comes as part of a kit with 1 Ball of Bespoke Cashmere DK yarn from Clinton Hill Cashmere. Featured in our list of cashmere knitting kits, this chic french beret is shaped using increases and decreases with 4mm double pointed needles.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 4/3.75mm  Circular Needles
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (40&60cm Cables)
US Size 6/4mm Double-Pointed Needles
Yarn Weight DK or Worsted Weight
Yarn Quantity 125m-135m/136-124 yards
Accessories Darning Needle
Stitch Marker

4. Bardot Beret Pattern

Bardot Beret
Price$3.74/£2.70
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Suggested Yarn The Wool – We Are Knitters
Designer’s WebsiteBardot Beret – FridayKnitsDesigns

This chunky beret knitting pattern is knit with heavy weight yarn for a thicker take on the conventional beret. You can add a pom pom for extra fun, and you’ll only need 1 ball of super chunky yarn along with 10mm and 12mm circular needles.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10 mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
US Size 17/12 mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky
Yarn Quantity1 Ball
AccessoriesN/A

5. Montmartre Beret

Montmartre Beret
Price $4.68/£3.38
Difficulty Level Intermediate
Suggested Yarn Garnstudio Drops Flora – Etsy
Designer’s Website Montmartre Beret – Ravelry

This beautiful french beret from Klara Cecilia uses light fingering weight yarn and 2.75mm needles. The pictured pattern is knit in a chic houndstooth pattern, but you can follow the instructions included to knit in solid colours too.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 2/2.75mm Needles
Yarn Weight50g = 210m
Yarn Quantity273 yards (250 m)
AccessoriesN/A

6. Virvel Beret

Virvel Beret
Price$6.44/£4.64
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Suggested Yarn Feeling Good Yarn – Wool and the Gang
Designer’s WebsiteVirvel Beret – Fredrika Holmberg

The Virvel Beret is a simple knitted beret pattern that’s easy to knit and great for beginners. It is knit from the brim upwards in the round, and is designed with a folded brim to mimic the classic felt wool beret silhouette.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 8/5mm Needles
Yarn Weight Worsted/10 Ply (9 wpi)
Yarn Quantity 180-200m
Accessories N/A

7. Easy Tweed Beret Pattern

Easy Tweed Beret
Price$5.64/£4.07
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Suggested Yarn N/A
Designer’s WebsiteEasy Tweed Beret – JustEasyKnitting

Another easy pattern, this tweed beret is a cozy, casual take on a knitted beret for beginners. All you’ll need to know is how to cast on, how to knit in the round, and how to do a simple knit stitch.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (75cm Cable)
Yarn Weight  50g = 85m
Yarn Quantity 130 yds/119m
Accessories N/A

8. Blanche Beret

Blanche Beret
Price$5.48/£3.95
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Suggested Yarn Rowan Cocoon – Wool Warehouse
Designer’s WebsiteBlanche Beret – LoveCrafts

This vintage beret knitting pattern from the Rowan archive is designed by Sarah Hatton. Using a mix of merino yarn and mohair, it contains instructions for a slouchy, pullover beret with details made with garter stitching.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 9/5.5mm Needles
US Size 10.5/6.5mm Needles
Yarn WeightBulky/12 ply (7 wpi)
Yarn Quantity115m/126 yards
AccessoriesN/A

9. Brigitte Beret

Brigitte Beret
Price$8.18/£5.90
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Suggested Yarn Cascade Heritage Solids – LoveCrafts
Designer’s WebsiteBrigitte Beret – LoveCrafts

Worn on the top, side, or back of the head, the Brigitte Beret is another iconic french beret pattern. Worked from the top down, it is shaped using subtle increases for a classic outline.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 1.5/2.5mm Double-Pointed Needles
US Size 1.5/2.5mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight 4 Ply
Yarn Quantity 2 Skeins
Accessories Tapestry Needle

10. Beret, My Way

Beret, My Way
Price $5.00/£3.61
Difficulty Level Intermediate
Suggested Yarn  Rowan Kidsilk Haze – LoveCrafts
Rowan Kid Classic – LoveCrafts
Designer’s Website Beret, My Way – Ravelry

The Beret, My Way is a classic beret hat made with a halo of soft mohair. The pattern comes with instructions for a one-size-fits-all beret along with specific sizing, so you can create a hat that fits you right.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/ 4mm Double-Pointed Needles
US Size 8/5mm Double-Pointed Needles
Yarn WeightAran / 10 ply (8 wpi)
Yarn Quantity128m/140 yards
AccessoriesN/A

11. “Emilia” Fluffy Beret Pattern

Emilia Fluffy Beret Knitting Pattern
Price$5.00/£3.69
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Suggested Yarn Angora Carezza Classic – Adriafil
Designer’s WebsiteEmilia Fluffy Beret – LoveCrafts

This classic french beret knitting pattern requires approximately 160m of worsted weight yarn and a set of circular needles for the body of the work. You’ll need to be familiar with the provisional cast on technique, increasing and decreasing, and how to read knitting charts.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeN/A – See Pattern
Yarn WeightAran/Worsted Weight (25g = 83m)
Yarn Quantity50g
AccessoriesN/A

12. “The Beret” by Unlucky Knits

Unlucky Knits The Beret
Price $3.18/£2.42
Difficulty Level Beginner
Suggested Yarn Double Sunday – Sandnes Garn
Designer’s Website The Beret – Unlucky Knits

Suitable for beginners looking to recreate the french ‘parisienne’ look, this easy knitted beret pattern is created using twisted rib and kitchener stitch. You’ll need up to 80g of merino yarn and two pairs of small circular needles to get started, and you’ll be finished in less than 10 hours.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 1.5/2.5mm Circular Needles
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles
US Size 6/4mm Double Pointed Needles
Yarn Weight 50g = 108m
Yarn Quantity 60g-80g
Accessories N/A

13. Béret Zina

Béret Zina
PriceFree
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Suggested Yarn Alpaga – Fonty
Designer’s WebsiteBéret Zina – Ravelry

This free beret knitting pattern is great for beginners looking for an easy introduction to knitting with no commitment. It uses 2.5 mm and 3mm circular needles to work up a unique and fun beret in bubble stitch.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 1.5/2.5mm Needles
US Size 2.5/3mm Needles
Yarn Weight Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)
Yarn Quantity 180-200m/197-219 yards
Accessories N/A

14. Button Beret Knitting Pattern

Button Beret
Price£4.00/$5.55
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Suggested Yarn Rowan Kid Classic – LoveCrafts
Designer’s WebsiteButton Beret – Rowan

This beret is knit using Kid Classic yarn, which is made using a mixture of mohair and lambswool. It can be knit in one block colour, stripes, or multiple colors. However you choose to create your button beret, the final product will be a soft, fuzzy, slouchy beret.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size US Size 6/4mm Needles
US Size 8/5mm Needles
Yarn Weight 50g = 140m/153yds
Yarn Quantity 6 Balls
Accessories N/A

How Do You Knit a Beret?

Most beret knitting patterns involve either circular or double-pointed needles. It is possible to knit a beret flat using straight needles, but this will require you to sew a seam at the end of the work, which is arguably more difficult than simply knitting in the round. In many ways, this is the same for lots of knitted headwear including knitted balaclava patterns.

Though some of the patterns in this list use advanced techniques and stitches, most beret knitting projects are relatively simple and require only basic knit and purl stitches. The chunky, felted yarn and large needles are big enough to finish the projects quickly, too.

Follow the instructions in the pattern you’ve chosen and remember to measure the circumference of your head. On average, you’ll need around 75g of yarn to finish up your beret – about the same amount as knitted bralette patterns. It’ll make a great beginner project or hand-made gift!

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