Crocheted berets add texture and color to any hairstyle and can be worn with almost any outfit. However, buying a beret or hat may not be the most cost-efficient way to achieve this trendy look, so crocheting your very own is the next best thing. You can style your beret with the addition of pom-poms or flowers and choose your own colors and size.
Things You'll Need
- * One skein medium-weight size 4 yarn
- * Scissors
- * Size J crochet hook (6.0 mm) or another hook to achieve gauge
- * Tapestry needle
Finding Your Gauge
Using a J hook and your medium-weight yarn, crochet a 4 inch by 4 inch square in single crochet.
Count approximately how many stitches it took to crochet 4 inches. Your gauge should be around 12 to 14 stitches per 4 inches.
Adjust your gauge if necessary. If your gauge is lower than 12 stitches, you may be crocheting too loosely and should tighten your pull on the yarn or switch to a smaller hook.
If your gauge is higher than 14 stitches, loosen your grip on the yarn or switch to a larger hook. When your gauge range moves between 12 to 14 stitches, you are crocheting with just the right pull and can start making your beret.
Crocheting an Adult-Sized Beret
Create a slipknot and chain four stitches. Double crochet into the first chain stitch, the stitch furthest from your hook.
To double crochet, yarn over before pushing your hook through the chain stitch. Yarn over, and bring the hook back through the stitch. You should now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the first two loops, then yarn over and bring the yarn through the second set of loops. You should end up with one loop left on your hook.
Double crochet into the same first chain stitch 14 more times, creating a circle around the chain. You should end with 15 double crochets and the chain strand from the beginning that acts as a double crochet placeholder, for a total of 16 posts surrounding the central chain.
After your last double crochet, join your stitch to the third chain in the chain post with a slip stitch. You will be working in the round, so you do not need to turn the work.
Chain three stitches and double crochet into the last double crochet you made, which is slightly to the right of your hook. This will be the stitch from the previous round that you are pushing your hook through to form the double crochet.
Double crochet twice in each of the next 15 stitches, then join to the first double crochet with a slip stitch. You should now have two rounds of double crochets.
Chain three for the next round and double crochet into the next stitch. The next stitch is the first stitch to the left of your crochet hook, unlike in round two when you crocheted into the stitch behind the hook.
Double crochet twice in stitch number two, the next stitch. Repeat this pattern of double crocheting once in one stitch and then double crocheting twice in the next stitch all the way around the circle for a total of 48 stitches in the round. Slip stitch to join with the first double crochet.
Chain three and double crochet in the next two stitches. For the third stitch, double crochet twice. Repeat this pattern of double crocheting once in the next two stitches and then double crocheting twice in the following stitch all the way around the circle.
There should be a total of 64 stitches at the end of this round. Join to the beginning double crochet with a slip stitch.
Chain three and double crochet in the next three stitches. Then, in the fourth stitch, double crochet twice in the same stitch. Repeat this pattern for the entire round, forming 80 stitches by the end. Slip stitch to join with the beginning double crochet.
Chain three and double crochet in every single stitch and slip stitch to join with the first stitch for the next eight rounds. You should have a total of 13 rows after you finish the final round.
Chain three, double crochet in the next three stitches, then double crochet the next two stitches together in a decrease.
To double crochet two stitches together, yarn over, push your hook through the first stitch, push your hook through the second stitch, yarn over and bring your hook back outside the stitches. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the first three stitches. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the last two stitches.
Repeat the pattern of double crocheting in three stitches and double crocheting two stitches together for the entire round. Slip stitch to join to the first stitch.
Chain two and single crochet in the next stitch. Single crochet the next two stitches together by pushing your hook through the first stitch, yarning over, pushing your hook through the second stitch and yarning over again. Bring the hook back, yarn over and pull the yarn through all three loops.
Single crochet in the next two stitches, then crochet the next two stitches together. Repeat this pattern of crochet two, crochet two together for the rest of the round and slip stitch to join with the first stitch.
Chain two and single crochet the entire round of stitches. Slip stitch to join with the first stitch, and then repeat this process for the next round.
End the beret by chaining one and then cutting the yarn 3 inches from the hook. Pull the yarn through the chain to make a knot, and weave in the ends with your tapestry needle. This hat will fit ages 13 and up.
Tips & Warnings
- * Fold the beret inside out before weaving in the ends to be sure they are hidden well.
- * Sew on flowers, bows or buttons to add a different design to your beret.
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