26 October 2009

Free Pattern: Jean Beret

A new pattern for you! This one is for my mom, which is why I named it Jean. She wanted a cozy beret-style hat that she could pull down around her ears to keep warm in Chicago (and up in the snowy wilds of Wisconsin sometimes). You can wear it down around your ears, beret-style, or pushed back on your head. I knit it with two skeins of Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 Solid in Black, and a good sub would be Berocco's Pure Merino to get the same fabric, but Malabrigo Merino Worsted or Cascade 220 would work just as well (and only one skein!).

Size/Finished Measurements
Adult Medium (22-inch head circumference/12-inch diameter)

Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 Solid (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110 yards/100 meters per 50 gram skein); color: Black; 2 skeins
one set US4/3.5mm DPNs
one US4/3.5mm 16-inch circular needle
stitch marker
tapestry needle

20 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on US4/3.5mm needles

Abbreviations and Stitches
K = knit
P = purl
K1b = knit one in back of stitch
M1p-i-b = make one by lifting the bar before the next stitch and purling into the back of it
P2tog = purl two together
K2tog-i-b = knit two together in back of stitches

Pattern Notes
I used a smaller-than-usual size needle to create the cushy fabric I was looking for—this one was for my mom, and she lives in Chicago, where it gets cold. I imagine she will wear this down over her ears (see below) rather than on the back of her head (see left) or beret-style as shown on the first page.
Any woolly, worsted yarn will work in this pattern. If you can’t find Merino 5, try Berocco’s Pure Merino, as the composition and construction of the yarns are very similar.

Skills Needed
Casting on
Binding off
Knitting in the back of a stitch
Knitting in the round

With circular needle cast on 108 stitches. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Rounds 1-6: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 7: [K1b, p1, m1p-i-b] to end. 162 st.
Rounds 8-13: [K1b, p2] to end..
Round 14: [K1b, p2, m1p-i-b] to end. 216 st.
Rounds 15-20: [K1b, p3] to end.
Round 21: [K1b, p3, m1p-i-b] to end. 270 st.
Rounds 22–27: [K1b, p4] to end.
Round 28: [K1b, p2, p2tog] to end. 216 st.
Rounds 29–32: [K1, p3] to end.
Round 33: [K1b, p1, p2tog] to end. 162 st.
Rounds 34–37: [K1b, p2] to end.
Round 38: [K1b, p2tog] to end. 108 st.
Rounds 39–41: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 42: Switching to DPNs [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to end. 54 st.
Rounds 43–45: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 46: [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to end. 27 st.
Rounds 47–49: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 50: [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to last stitch, k1b. 14 st.
Round 51: [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to last stitch, k1b. 7 st.
Break yarn, draw through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends securely. Block over a plate.

About Kathleen Dames
I knit and design in New York City and Bath, Maine. You can find more of my work at kathleendames.blogspot.com and contact me at kathleendames at gmail dot com. I’m Purly on Ravelry.

I'm working on some other patterns, so watch this space :)


  1. very pretty -- and all the rage!

  2. Nice job!

    OK, I have to ask - are you now a Yankees fan? Can we still be friends??



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