Friday, June 27, 2008

Stripey Baby Beret Pattern

The Tilden Park Scarf is an easy ruffled and ruched infinity scarf that adds a feminine touch to any outfit.

It's baby season! Well, at least it is for one more of my friends, Nanda, who is expecting the last of this year's bumper crop of babies. I think there were at least 5 kiddos born within the last 6 months amongst my fertile friends!
Since Nanda is a knitter, and more specifically a knitter with very discriminating taste in yarn, I wanted to make her a worthy hat. This is a variation on my pattern Le Mieux, made a little bigger so it can fit babies from 3 to 6 months.

I used Aurora 8, a favorite yarn of mine because of its squishy softness, but any worsted weight yarn will do.

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• 40 yards of Karabella Aurora 8 in green (color 63)
• 40 yards of Karabella Aurora 8 in blue (color 43)
• 1 US size 5 16 inch circular needles OR needle size needed to achieve gauge.
• 1 US size 7 16 inch circular needles OR needle size needed to achieve gauge.
1 US size 7 circular needles, any length, OR needle size needed to achieve gauge
(US size 7 DPNs may also be used instead of 2 circular needles)
• 6 stitch markers
Row counter
• Tapestry needle

Special Skills Needed
• Knitting in the round

• 4.5 stitches = 1 inch on US size 7 needles in stockinette stitch

Finished Measurements
Finished hat circumference is 16 inches. This fits a 3-6 month old baby.

[ ] repeat instructions between brackets
cc contrasting color
co cast on
k knit
k2tog knit two stitches together
ktbl knit through the back loop
mc main color
MIL make one left
MIR make one right
p purl
pm place marker
ssk slip one stitch knitwise, slip next stitch knitwise, then knit stitches together
sts stitch(es)

CO 72 sts onto the smaller 16 inch circular needle in mc (blue yarn). Join to knit in the round, placing a marker at this point so you know where your round begins.

[ktbl, p1] to end for 5 rounds.

Next round: Switch to larger 16 inch circular needle. k12, pm, k12, pm, k12, pm, k12, pm, k12, pm, k12, pm

Increasing Stripe Rounds:
[k1, MIL, k until 1 sts remains before marker, M1R, k1, slip marker] to end. k next round. Alternate Increasing Stripe Rounds between the mc (blue) and the cc (green). For the first round, use the cc (green yarn). Carry the unused yarn up the back of your work.

Repeat the Increasing Stripe Rounds until there are 24 sts between each set of markers (144 sts total). Your last round should be with the mc.

Decreasing Stripe Rounds: [ssk, k until marker, slip marker] to end. Repeat round once more, then switch colors. For the first round, use the cc.

Repeat Decreasing Stripe Rounds until only 6 sts remain, switching half of the stitches to the second set of circular needles when the hat circumference is too small to be worked only using the 16 inch circular needles.

Nubbin Rounds: k1 round, removing markers as you go. Repeat this round 2 more times. k2tog 3 times. 3 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Using the tapestry needle, thread the yarn tail through the 3 remaining sts. Pull closed. Weave in ends.

Here goes my usual plea: if you knit this, I'd love to hear from you and see your finished objects!

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.


  1. Thanks for sharing this pattern. I am going to cast on asap for a friend that just adopted a baby girl. Finally, a baby girl to knit for!!

  2. Very cute, thanks for sharing. What's the weight of the yarn you used? I'm trying to knit stuff from my stash. This is definately on my knitting queue.

  3. wow! baby and i made your blog! woo hoo--we just need a pic of the little guy wearing it and we'll have made it! :)

  4. The yarn is worsted weight, so any worsted weight yarn from your stash can be used.

  5. I love the pattern, and beautiful colors for your example too.

  6. Oh I love stripey beret! Just beautiful, Stacy! Tres chic. ;)

  7. in the decreasing rnd, is it done until there are 6 stitches left between markers or total?
    thank you love it!! its on the needles now :)
    thank you

  8. In the decreasing round, decrease until there are 6 stitches total. I'll update the pattern so that is clear. Thanks for the comment!

  9. i've made this beret and love it my little daughter is adorable in it! i was wondering if you had any other sizes. I really would like to make her this again for the fall/winter when she turns 1.

  10. I'm so glad you like the pattern! I don't have any plans to include other sizes, but I can tell you a quick and dirty way to make the hat bigger. Roughly, to increase the hat by a little over an inch, CO a extra 6 stitches (must be in increments of 6 for marker placement to work).Now, see the round after the k1,p1 ribbing where you place markers after every 12 stitches? If you increased by 6 inches, now you place a marker after every 13 sts. Then, continue your increase rounds until you like the hat's width. After that, start your decrease rounds to finish. If you want to increase the hat by 2 inches, CO an additional 12 stitches and you'll have 14 sts between the marker. And so on and so on. If you're having trouble, post again and I'll try to help!

  11. How do I M1L and M1R? thanks for the help Margaret

  12. A great pattern! I just finished a hat for a friend of mine - she's going to love it :)

    Ravelry link:

  13. That beret looks AWESOME, and I may be utterly crazy for saying this, but is there a way you could make it for adults and teens? I know you already explained this, I'm just thinking it would take a LOT of adjusting for me, and I'm far too simple-minded to follow those directions :). Also, I'm evil and lazy and make everyone else do my work :)

  14. Hi Anony,
    Because I am feeling lazy, let me refer you to someone else who has already made an adult-sized beret. ;)

  15. I just posted a picture of this in my projects and I'm starting another one right now! Thanks for such a cute pattern.

  16. Just made one with Plymouth Jelly Beenz. Beautiful!



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