June 29, 2010

Heart Vines Beret ~ A Free Knitting Pattern

Heart Vines Beret by Fabricoleur
Heart Vines Beret, a photo by Fabricoleur on Flickr.
“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher
than the heart can imagine.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Swatching through Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury one day, I was struck by the subtle heart shape inherent in the un-blocked vine stripe pattern and instantly began to think about a special way to use it. To me, one of the most exciting moments in knitting is when your imagination goes wild with ideas and your hands can only follow one stitch at a time. Heart Vines reminds me that good knitting—like good living—needs imagination and heart.

Knit in the round from the bottom up, this lace beret is a simple instant-gratification knit! If you’ve ever struggled with lace, the easy-to-follow pattern will help you break through the barrier.


Skills Used
Knitting in the round
Increasing & decreasing
Binding off
Using double-pointed needles

One-Size: to fit the average adult head

Finished Measurements
Height: 8 inches
Brim circumference, unstretched: 15 inches (38 cm)
Will comfortably fit head up to 24 inches (61 cm)

Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool
Fiber: 55% bamboo, 45% wool; 87 yd/80 m per 50 g ball
Color: Twilight; #3845; 2 balls
2 balls

Yarn Alternative
Patons Angora Bamboo
Fiber: 55% bamboo, 35% wool, 10% angora; 80 yd/73 m per 50 g ball
Color: Soft White; #90005; 2 skeins

1 16-inch US #8/5mm circular needle
1 16-inch US #9/5.5mm circular needle
1 set US #8/5mm double-pointed needles

stitch marker
yarn needle

16 sts/24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool
16 sts/22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, Patons Angora Bamboo

Hat Brim
Using larger circular needle, CO 76 sts. Do not join. Slip cast-on sts to smaller circular needle. Pm and join for working in the round.
Round 1: *Knit 2, purl 2; rep from * around, slipping marker as you come to it.
Repeat Round 1, 8 times more.

Hat Body
Change to larger circular needle.
Increase Round: *K2, m1, k3, m1; rep from * around to last 3 sts, k3…105 sts.

Begin lace pattern:
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: * K3, (yo, k1) twice, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: * (K3, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 5: Knit.
Round 6: * K3, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl 1 – k2tog – psso, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 7: Knit.
Round 8: *K1, ssk, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k3, p2; rep from * around.
Round 9: Knit.
Round 10: *K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 (yo, k3) twice, p2; rep from * around.
Round 11: Knit.
Round 12: *K1, k3tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3, p2; rep from * around.

Rep rounds 1-12 twice more.

Crown Decreases
Note: Switch to double-pointed needles when you have too few sts to fit around the circular needle.

Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1…53 sts.
Rep rounds 1-2 twice more…14sts.
Round 3: *K2tog; rep from * around…7 sts.
Round 4: Knit.

Break yarn, leaving a 6-inch (15 cm) tail. Thread yarn through remaining live sts and pull tight to close up center. Weave in yarn ends. Block lightly if desired. Gentle steam blocking over a dinner plate will enhance beret’s slouchiness!


CO – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
rep – repeat
Sl – slip
yo – yarn over
ssk – slip, slip, knit
k2tog – knit 2 together
K3tog – knit 3 together
psso – pass slipped stitch over
pm – place marker


  1. A couple of my friends and I are loving this hat. I gave the pattern (it came in a knitting calendar) to one of them, who's in her eighties, and she's made it several times in the past 9 months. I think I'm going to try the lace pattern on a pair of socks.

    1. That's wonderful to hear! I'd love to see some photos if you have any to share. Did you see my new free pattern for the Heart Vines Scarf?

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      I'd love to see how your socks turn out.

  2. Hey, I love your pattern! But I was just wondering how or if I can knit it using straight needles? I haven't got any circular needles and need to knit asap. Any help will be grateful :-)

    Many Thanks!

  3. Hi Abby,

    I designed and wrote this pattern to be circular so that there would be no seams and the knitter could avoid a great deal of puring. You *could* knit it flat, but you would have to "translate" the wrong side rows. I would strongly recommend getting a circular needle -- I don't think you'll regret it! :) Good luck!