How to: Crochet a beret

Beret Tweed wool Mull

Beret made using beautiful Ardalanish ‘Manx’ wool spun in Mull and Manos Silk Blend Fino

This quick and easy beret, which can be crocheted in one evening and a great way to use up similar weight wools. Depending on the colours and weights of wool/cotton you choose, it could be worn all year round!

These instructions are free for anyone to use for their own person fun, but cannot be reproduced in any other format without Louise Underwood’s permission.

Instructions:

You will need:

* Approximately 400m of chosen double knit or fine and aran weight mixed(200 of each wool or the equivalent in ‘odds and ends’) 

* 4.5mm crochet hook

* Tapestry/wool needle

Using two contrasting/complementary wools/cottons/silks together at a time to create a ‘tweed’ look, make 4 chains.

Row 1:

Treble crochet into first chain stitch 9 times, then slip stitch to join circle (10 stitches)

Row 2:

Chain 3 stitches, crochet 2 trebles into each stich to end (20 stitches)

Row 3:

Chain 3, *2 treble crochets into next stitch, then 1 into next* – repeat from * to end, slip stitch to join circle. (30 stitches)

Row 4:

Repeat row 3. (44 stitches)

Row 5:

Repeat row 3 (65 stitches)

Row 6:

Chain 3, then crochet one treble into each stitch, join circle with slip stitch.

Row 7:

Repeat row 3 (98 stitches)

Row 8 -11:

Repeat row 6

Row 12:

Chain 2, *double crochet into next stitch, then decrease 1 stitch by double crocheting into the next two stitches at once*, repeat from * to end, then slip stich to join circle. (70 stitches)

Row 13:

Chain 2, then double crochet into every stitch, slip stitch to finish.

Row 14:

Chain 2, *double crochet into next 2 stitches, then decrease 1 stitch by double crocheting into next 2 stitches at once*,

repeat from * to end, then slip stitch to join circle. (53 stitches)

Row 15- 17:

Repeat row 13, then cast off.

Beret Tweed 3

When crocheted, you can see above how the Ardalanish wool and Manos silk, blend into beautiful tones.

Beret Tweed 1

This photo shows how mixing Debbie Bliss cotton denim aran and Rowan handknit cotton together create a great ‘tweed’ look to your crochet.

Beret Flower 1

Above, you can see how using up you wool ‘left-overs’ is a great way to create a very colourful and fun look.

When making your beret, there may be times when you have a few more or a few less stitches, but don’t worry, these can always be added in/taken out on the next row. Also, by slightly increasing or decreasing the number of stitches you have will change the size to fit your head. Another thing to consider is, if you wish to go for a more flamboyant look, complete a couple more rounds of crochet at the row 11 point and add some decoration!

Large beret

Have Fun!

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About obsesivcreativ

I am a freelance textile artist working with and teaching traditional textile techniques including hooky and proggy matting, patchwork and quilting, batik, embroidery, spinning, knitting and crochet. I work with schools, community groups, museums and galleries creating mad and wonderful things such as Egyptian mummies, story-telling tents, rainforest maps and even coffins...
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