Chic Cabled Beret


The Chic Cabled Beret is everything you could want in a free knitting pattern and more. The nice and neutral color means you can pair this knitted hat with almost anything in your closet. Plus, the slightly slouchy fit is right on trend, so you will definitely love wearing this knit hat pattern when you're out and about. The cable design adds an extra special touch to this knit beret and gives it a healthy dose of visual interest. Once you work up this free beret pattern, you will want to make it again and again. This beautiful piece will surely become a wardrobe staple for cold weather days.

NotesSIZE: One size to fit average Woman's head.
GAUGE: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Materials List

  • Caron® Simply Soft® (6 oz/170 g; 315 yds/288 m) Bone (9703) 1 ball
  • Cable needle
  • 15 stitch markers
  • Sizes U.S. 6 (4 mm) and U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needles 16" [40.5 cm] long.
  • Set of four size U.S. 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

Special Techniques

I-Cord: Using a double pointed needle, cast on the number of sts indicated in instructions; DO NOT TURN. *Slide sts to the opposite end of the needle and knit them, pulling yarn firmly behind sts; repeat from * to desired length. After a few rows, you will see that you are knitting a tiny tube; give it a gentle tug now and then to adjust any loose sts. Bind off all sts, leaving a 12" tail for finishing.

Stitches Used

  1. Stockinette stitch (St st):
    Knit every round.
    1 x 1 Rib (multiple of 2 sts)
    Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.
    Repeat Round for 1 x 1 rib.

  2. Seed Stitch (multiple of 2 sts + 1)
    Round 1: K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * for number of sts indicated.
    Round 2: Knit the purl sts and purl the knit sts as they face you.
    Repeat Round 2 for Seed st.

  3. Cable (panel of 10 sts)
    Rounds 1, 2, 4, and 5: P2, k6, p2.
    Round 3: P2, C6F, p2.
    Round 6: Repeat Round 1.
    Repeat Rounds 1 – 6 for Cable.

  4. Note: Change to double pointed needles, as necessary while shaping Beret.
    Place markers between 20-st pattern repeats.


Using smaller circular needle, loosely cast on 92 sts. Join, being careful not to twist the sts; place a marker (pm) for beginning of round.
Begin 1 x 1 rib; work even until piece measures 1" [2.5 cm] from beginning. Change to larger circular needle and St st.
Round 1: Knit 1 round, inc 1 st in every other st—138 sts.
Round 2: Knit, increasing 2 sts evenly around, and AT THE SAME TIME, pm after each group of 20 sts—140 sts; 7 sections of 20 sts each.

Establish Pattern

*Work Round 1 of Seed st across 5 sts; Round 1 of Cable panel across 10 sts; Round 1 of Seed st across 5 sts; repeat from * for each 20-st section around. Continue as established, repeating Round 2 of Seed st and Rounds 1 – 6 of Cable panel until piece measures 5" [12.5 cm] from beginning, end with an even numbered round.

Shape Crown

Continuing pattern as established, dec 14 sts (1 each side of each section), every other round as follows:
Round 1: *K2tog, work in pattern to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, slip marker; repeat from * around—126 sts remain after Round 1.
Round 2: Work even in pattern. Changing to dpn when too few sts to work comfortably on circular needle, repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 14 sts remain; 2 sts remain in each section.
Fasten off, leaving a 12" tail. Thread tail through yarn needle and draw tail through remaining sts; pull snuggly to close top of Beret.
Fasten off securely on WS.


Block Beret to shape and size.
Note: A 10" plate works great for blocking.
I-Cord for Crown
Following instructions for I-Cord, cast on 4 sts.
Work even until piece measures 1½" [4 cm] from beginning.
Fasten off, leaving tail for attaching.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends. Secure I-Cord to top of Crown.

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