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Salut Chéri! Beret Pattern.

Here is the pattern for the berets I've knitted. The name for the beret is from the t-shirt I was wearing when I took the project photos of the first beret for Ravelry. I thought the name suited the beret, since it's quite classical take on the hat that has become the icon of everything French. Happy knitting!

Salut Chéri!

You need: 
yarn: 105-125 m (114 - 137 yards) worsted weight yarn. The sample was knitted with Novita Joki (104 m or 114 yard per 50g)

needles: 3.5 mm and 4.0 mm (US size 4 and 6) circular needles (40 cm or 16 inches)
size 4.0 mm (US size 6) DPNs

6 stitch markers, one of a different color to indicate the beginning of the round

Gauge: 10 sts and 16 rounds = 5 cm (2 inches) in straight Stockinette stitch with 4.0 mm needles

Cast on 88 sts on 3.5mm circular needle. Join in round, careful not to twist the stitches. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

Knit in straight Stockinette stitch (knit all) until the piece measures 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the cast on edge. The edge should start to roll up slightly.

Change to the bigger circular needle (4.0 mm) and knit 8 rounds.

Increase round 1: [k3, k fb] repeat until end of the round (22 stitches increased, 110 stitches on your needles.

Knit 10 rounds.

Increase round 2: [k 10, k fb], repeat until end of the round (10 stitches increased, 120 stitches on your needles)

Knit 6 rounds.
Next round: [k 20, place marker] 5 times; k until the end of the round. You now have 6 markers in your work, 20 stitches between each marker.

Decrease round: [k until you have 2 stitches left before the next marker, ssk, slip marker] 6 times until the end of the round
Even round: k all

Repeat these two rounds 12 more times. You now have 42 stitches on your needles, 7 stitches between each marker. Change to DPNs when needed.

Repeat the decrease round every round 7 more times (6 stitches left).

If you don’t want to make the stem, cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining live stitches.

The stem is worked as an i-cord.

On the next round: [k2tog] 3 times removing all the markers. (3 stitches left)

Place the stitches on one DPN (4.0mm) and knit one row. Without turning the work, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle bringing the yarn behind the work and start again from the first stitch. Continue this way until the stem is 2.5 cm (1 inch) long or the desired length. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitches.

Finishing: Weave in all the yarn ends neatly to the inside of the fabric. Block over a 27 cm diameter plate (10.5 inches). 

Abbreviations used: 
k          knit
k fb      knit the stitch in the front and then in the back, 1 stitch increased
st(s)     stitch(es)
k2tog   knit 2 stitches together; 1 st decreased
ssk       slip, slip, knit; 1 st decreased
DPN    double pointed needle


  1. Thank you for sharing this great pattern! Interestingly, I found it on pinterest and not Ravelry :) And your cats are adorable :)

    1. Glad to hear you liked the pattern!

  2. I love your pattern, I've made the hat twice now but I wanted to make it a little smaller next time. How do you suggest I decrease the size?

    1. Maybe you could go down a needle size or two, or change the yarn weight to DK. Try making a few swatches to get a smaller gauge, I think that will help if you want a slightly smaller hat.


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