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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 :)

  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.

  3. Jestem pod wrażeniem. Bardzo fajny wpis.

  4. Hello, can I translate your beret into Russian for my blog? Of course, with a link to you.

  5. 2 questions - the last part, "repeat the decrease round - every round - 7 more times" - is that the decrease row AND the knit row after?
    Also - is there a way to make the hat a little bit bigger? Thank you!

  6. Can I use a merino superfine yarn. I believe it’s a DK weight. If so, can the pattern be followed as written?

  7. Hello, it looks so beautiful! I am trying to fit it to another yarn and gauge but get confused. I dont understand your calculation. The gauge is 10 stc per 5 cm on the 4mm needles, which brings 88 sts. to measure 45cm. And even less cm on the 3.5 mm. . My head measures 55cm. what did I get wrong? Thanks!

  8. but you haven't told us where to decrease by knitting stitches together so how do you decrease stitches without knitting together please?

    1. decreased by SSK, Slip slip knit. Basically slip two stitches from left needle to right, then put left needle through front of the two and knit together. It just ends up looking slightly different

  9. As someone who enjoys knitting but often gets stuck with mistakes, this article is a gem. The step-by-step guidance on correcting errors is thorough and has given me a newfound confidence in my knitting projects.


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