Lacy Beret: Chunky Edition

This pattern is essentially the same as the other Lacy Beret pattern on the blog except I have substituted a bulkier yarn and larger needle size, making the hat quicker to finish and cuter to wear.

I used 2 balls of Katia Fabula, a creamy-soft, machine washable, big-and-bulky merino wool yarn that comes in an unusually short self-striping repeat.  It’s almost somewhere between a striping yarn and a space-dyed yarn, and looks great in the bulky weight with the giant stitches highlighting the color changes.

Lacey Beret: Chunky Edition

Materials: US size 10 16″ circular needles, US size 15 16″ circular needles, stitch markers, jumbo darning needle


Using the US size 10 needles, cast on 50 sts.  Join in the round, place a marker, and work a K1, P1 rib for 4 rounds (knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat).

Switch to the US size 15 needles and knit 1 round.  (The way you switch between needle sizes is simply to begin knitting stitches with the new needle size off the old needles, and eventually the project will be on the new needles.)

Now that lace pattern begins:

Round 1: *Yo, k2tog.  Repeat from * to end of round. (yo = yarn over)

Round 2: Knit every stitch.  (Even the yarn-overs from the previous round– which will feel different.)

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until hat measures 8″ from cast on, ending having just completed the 1st round.

*Knit 10 stitches, place a marker.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Shaping the crown:

Round 1: *Work a (yo, k2tog) until 2 stitches before the marker, k2tog.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Round 2: *Knit to 2 sts before the marker, k2tog.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are too few stitches left on the needle to fit around the 16″ circular.

Cut the yarn,. leaving a 10″ tail, and using a jumbo darning needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches on the needle, slipping the stitches off the needle as you do so.  You should end up with all of the stitches on the tail yarn.  Pull teh tail yarn tight like a drawstring.  This closes the very top of the hat.

Tie off and weave in ends.

12 responses to “Lacy Beret: Chunky Edition

  1. We were in the shop today and were told we could make this beret with one ball of the Katia yarn?

  2. I’m really looking forward to making this but am not sure about how much yarn I have on hand–what’s the total yardage you need? Thanks!

    • 76 yards should do it. You can always make it floppier by making the lace pattern portion longer before the decreases. In that case I’d use 100 yds.

      • Brilliant, thank you!

      • I tried knitting this about three times and have had to pull it apart each time–for some reason the stitches aren’t (for lack of a better word) swirling. Is the lace pattern supposed to end up on an odd number of stitches? Should I be knitting into the back of the stitches? I love the pictures but can’t for the life of me seem to reproduce them. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?

      • You must make sure that every time you yarn-over, you knit-2-together right after. If you forget to yarn-over, you will decrease a stitch by knitting-2-together. If you forget to knit-2-together, you will increase a stitch by yarning-over. Also, make sure NOT to yarn-over after the last k2tog. That will also add a stitch. When you lose or add a stitch, you end up with an odd number of stitches, which means the lace pattern will not line up. Hope that helps!

  3. I just finished mine and I absolutely love it! The Katia fabula yarn has such a wonderful stretch and bounce to it and the colors stripe up so beautifully (I used “earthtones”)–I definitely have a new favorite! It was so lovely to work with and looks really sophisticated–no one believes I made this one, and it’s the easiest hat I’ve ever made! I love the pattern (super easy to memorize!) and it took me no time at all to finish…but I think 8 inches is what the hat should be TOTAL length. I began the decreases at 8″ the first time and had to go to a third ball of yarn during the decreasing and came out HUGE. When I began the decreasing after 4 and 1/2″, it came out perfectly.
    Thanks for the pattern and for exposing me to this awesome yarn! I only wish I had more colorways to make more 😀

  4. What is the gauge for this particular pattern?

  5. I don’t understand how to tie off and weave in ends can you explain? This is my first hat and I’m just about done except for that last step

  6. Thank you

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