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Aurora Borealis Beret

Who doesn't want to see the Northern Lights paint the night sky with a dazzling symphony of color? Unfortunately, most of us will never get that chance. But you can capture those riotous colors on a wearable scale with knit hat patterns like the Aurora Borealis Beret. Knit from shaded multicolor yarn in a simple eyelet stitch pattern, this beautiful beret will add a splash of color to any outfit. This easy printable pattern explains how to knit a hat you'll be proud to show off.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, 11 or 8 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • RED HEART Boutique Midnight [2.5 oz (70 g), 153 yd (140 m)] 1951 Tropical - 1 ball
  • Susan Bates Circular Knitting Needles: Sizes 5.5 mm [US 9] and 8 mm [US 11], 16” long
  • Susan Bates Double-pointed needles: one set 8 mm [US 11]
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

13 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette st using larger needles. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.



Circumference: 20-22” [51 cm - 56 cm]
Hat fits most women.


Beret is knit in the round using circular needles. Change to Double-pointed needles as you decrease stitches for crown shaping.



k = knit;
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
KF&B = knit into the front and back of the next stitch (increase).
cm = centimeters;
dec = decrease sts;
st(s) = stitch (es)
YO K2TOG = yarn over needle, knit 2 sts together


Stitch Patterns:

Eyelet Stitch Pattern = YO K2TOG. Yarn over needle, knit 2 sts together.
2x2 Rib Stitch Pattern = Knit 2 sts, purl 2 sts for 2x2 Rib stitch pattern



Using smaller size circular needles, cast on 80 sts. Place marker, join being careful not to twist sts.

Rounds 1-6: Work in 2x2 Rib stitch pattern until Beret measures 1½” [4 cm] from cast-on edge.
Rounds 7-10: Change to larger size circular needles and knit 4 rounds.
Round 11 (Increase): KF&B, 4 times, evenly spaced around — 84 sts.
Round 12: Knit.
Round 13: *K2tog, YO. Repeat from * around.
Rounds 14-19: Knit.
Round 20: *K2tog, YO. Repeat from * around.
Rounds 21-25: Knit.
Round 26 (Decrease): K2tog, 4 times, evenly spaced around — 80 sts.
Round 27: *K2tog, YO. Repeat from * around.
Round 28: Knit.

Shape Crown
Round 29: *K3, k2tog. Repeat from * around — 64 sts.
Round 30: Knit.

Change to Double-pointed needles and evenly arrange stitches on 3 needles.

Round 31: *K2, k2tog. Repeat from * around — 48 sts.
Round 32: Knit.
Round 33: *K1, k2tog. Repeat from * around — 32 sts.
Round 34: Knit.
Round 35: *K2tog. Repeat from * around — 16 sts.
Round 36: Knit.
Round 37: *K2tog. Repeat from * around — 8 sts.
Round 38: Knit.

Cut yarn leaving an 8” [15 cm] tail.
With yarn needle, draw tail through remaining 8 sts twice, pull tightly and fasten off. Weave in ends.
Block lightly.

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This pattern looks easy to follow. I love berets and this one will be perfect. Also it is a good hat to knit for charity since berets seems to have more room in them. Keeps it from being a boring hat. I can use scrap yarn as well since I can vary the colors. Thank you.

After reading your comment, I took a closer look at the picture and pattern. I see ribbing at the brim, stockinette, and then the eyelet stitch pattern.

I think there is something wrong with the Aurora Borealis Beret picture, although it does say stockingette stitch alternate knit/purl in the pattern the picture shows a beret which is obviously stocking stitch very misleading and disappointing. Elizabeth Tippins

The pattern is knit in the round, so no purl rows are needed to achieve the stockinette stitch effect with the eyelet rows interspersed. I've made about a dozen of these and they're a wonderful quick little pattern, that comes out rather lovely. Happy knitting!


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