How to knit a beret with straight needles

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How to knit a beret with straight needles
Save money by knitting a beret. (dp3010/iStock/Getty Images)

While the most common way to knit a beret involves circular or double pointed needles, you can knit a beret flat, using straight needles if you prefer. You will need to sew a seam when you knit a beret with straight needles; however, the actual knitting process is not difficult. In order to knit this pattern, you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase and decrease.

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Things you need

  • Straight knitting needles,size 7 and 9 or size needed for desired gauge
  • DK to worsted weight yarn, approximately 180 metres (180 yards)
  • Stitch markers
  • Ruler to check gauge
  • Yarn needle

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  1. 1

    Knit a gauge swatch using the larger needles. You should have a gauge of 20 stitches and 24 rows over 10 cm (4 inches) for this project in stockinet stitch. Adjust your needle size if needed to achieve gauge.

  2. 2

    Using the larger needles, cast on 8 stitches for this flat knit beret. Increase in every stitch on row 1 using a knit front and back increase for a total of 16 stitches. Row 2 and all further even rows will be purled even.

  3. 3

    Knit front and back, knit one across the row for row 3. You will have 8 increases across the row. Continue increasing 8 stitches on each knit row, adding a knit stitch between increases each time until you have 120 stitches on the needle. Thus, row 5 will be a kfb, k2 across pattern, row 7 a kfb, k3 across pattern and row 9 a kfb, k4 across pattern. All even rows should be purled. Finish with a purl row as you knit a beret with straight needles.

  4. 4

    Work stockinet stitch for 10 rows, ending with a purl row before beginning the decreases on your flat knit beret.

  5. 5

    Begin decreasing on the odd rows. Continue purling all even rows. On the first decrease row, knit two together, knit 13. Decrease 8 stitches across odd rows with one less stitch between decreases on each row until you have 72 stitches on the needle.

  6. 6

    Switch to smaller needles and work 1 inch in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Bind off in ribbing pattern, working loosely.

  7. 7

    Sew the back seam, threading the end of your working yarn through the cast on stitches. Pull snugly and secure.

Tips and warnings

  • More complex berets can be knit flat by using short row shaping.
  • Don't be afraid to try circulars and double pointed needles to expand your knitting range.

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