Knit a stylish beret with circular needles and sport-weight yarn in only a few hours. This beret makes a portable project to work in the car or on an airplane. The finished hat is both stylish and warm and would make a thoughtful gift. Circular needles allow you to knit the beret with no seams. The ribbed brim stretches to fit large and small heads. You can experiment with different sized needles and different yarns.
Things You'll Need
- Circular needles, size 7 and 9
- 110 yds. sport-weight yarn
- Stitch marker
- Size 9 double-point needles
- Darning needle
Cast on 74 stitches. Knit 1, purl 1 to the end of the row. Place a stitch marker and join the stitches. Continue in knit 1, purl 1 pattern until the ribbing measures 1 ½ inches.
Knit 1, increase 1 across the row. You will have 111 stitches on the needle.
Switch to the size 9 circular needles. Knit every row until your hat measures 6 inches.
Knit 9, knit 2 together across the row, ending with knit 1. Knit the next row.
Knit 8, knit 2 together across the row, ending with knit 1. Knit the next row.
Knit 7, knit 2 together across the row, ending with knit 1. Knit the next row. Continue in this pattern, knitting one less stitch between the decreases every other row until you have 15 stitches left on the needle. Switch to the double-point needles when the stitches become too few to handle comfortably on the circular needle.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of yarn about 12 inches long. Thread this tail onto the darning needle. Run the thread through the remaining stitches on the knitting needle and slip them from the knitting needle. Pull the thread tight to gather the stitches. Take a stitch to secure the yarn and weave in the ends.