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
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.
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.
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