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Essential Berry Beret

By: Alicia from Wake and Whimsy
Essential Berry Beret

Learning how to knit a hat can seem like such a daunting task. Even though the patterns look the same as before, you often have to worry about knitting in the round. Cast your cares aside with the Essential Berry Beret. This cold weather necessity is knit entirely on straight needles, so you don't have to worry about trying to learn a new skill just to get a knitted hat of your own. Made with chunky yarns and larger needles, this easy knit hat pattern is one quick knit you simply can't pass up.


Knitting Needle Size13 or 9 mm, 15 or 10 mm

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

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Seeing this hat made me instantly think of the Prince song Raspberry Beret. I think that the easy skill level should probably be adjusted to advanced or intermediate after reading over all the questions / comments on the designers blog. People are questioning the most basic stitches and abbreviations.

Beret patterns are all I prefer, although I have knitted beanies. I collect patterns in order to learn other pattern stitches for my own designs. I purchase learn to knit pattern books for the projects they hold. My collection of crochet and knit patterns is quite vast including magazine patterns. I prefer knitting garments and crocheted thread projects., but am willing to attempt various pattern stitches, like this beret.

Love it! Used to have a pattern for a beret that knit up in no time and was wonderful to knit for gifts (and self) lost it a few years ago. This looks very similar so I plan to knit it several times in the next week or two. Thank you for posting it

Question I am all ready to knot this beret with Vintage Chunky "berroco". I found my set of needles only go as big as 13. So.. If I knit with size 11 then 13 what will the size difference be. Marg

Toward the end of the pattern, she has instructions for a smaller one in which she didn't change needle sizes, but knit it all in size 13. It turned out a little smaller, but is "slightly more snug" she says. You have to cast on two more stitches to keep the band from being too small and that's all the difference I can see, but don't trust me take a look yourself.

The size different will be smaller, the recommended yarn is actually a #6 not a #5 as notated on this website. If you need a smaller hat I suggest using the directions for the larger hat, to compensate for the smaller yarn and needles.

I have made this hat (or a version of it: it's easy to adapt for sizes)10 times in the last couple of weeks. I intend to open up the bag at Thanksgiving dinner and let people choose their Christmas hats, since there's a lot of winter requiring a warm hat between T'giving and C'mas. It works up beautifully in both the regular and smaller version. Thanks

This is a wonderful hat, both large and smaller, and I've made more than ten of them in the last couple of weeks. I intend to put them in a bag, and let family members choose the ones they want at Thanksgiving as my early Christmas present: there's a lot of winter cold between T'giving and Ch'mas! This is a first rate hat!


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