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Brioche Beret with Picot Brim

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Beret Knitting Pattern

Brioche knitting is both thick and stretchy. This makes it perfect for cold-weather items like hats, and that's why I chose it for this beret. In order for the brim to match the thickness of the brioche top, I decide to double it up. This also adds durability.

The beret is knitted from the bottom up, back and forth, with a back seam. The body of the beret is worked in one-color brioche. The brim is worked with the eyelet row halfway. The brim is then folded along the eyelet row and sewn. The eyelet row forms the picot edge. This ensures that the brim lays flat when folded over.

SIZES: Small (Medium).

To fit head sizes: 19" - 20" (21" - 22") [48cm - 51cm (53.5cm -56cm)]

Brim circumference: 17" (19") [43cm (48.25cm)] blocked and unstretched.
Height from edge of brim to top centre of crown 9" (22.5 cm)

Materials: Lamb's Pride Bulky 125 yds/114 m per 4 oz/113 gr skein - 2 skeins. Color: M-260 Cafe au Lait.

Needles: 10.5 (6.5 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Notions: yarn needle

Gauge: 12 st x 18 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch


Please note that I use Nancy Marchant terminology for brioche stitch. I highly recommend her books Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch and Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns, as well as her lessons on

yfsl1yo - yarn forward, slip 1, yarn over: bring the working yarn between the tips of the needles to front of work, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle and the slipped stitch. Leave yarn in back, ready to knit the next stitch.
brk - brioche knit: knit the stitch together with its accompanying yarnover
sl - slip st
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit 2 together
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
m1 (Make 1 increase) - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman: make a backward loop over the right-hand needle.

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch:
1 row and all odd rows (RS) - knit sts
2 row and all even rows (WS) - purl sts


Worked on even number of stitches
Set up row: *yfsl1yo, k1, repeat from * across
Row 1: *yfsl1yo, brk1, repeat from * across.
Repeat row 1.


Worked on even number of stitches
Row 1: k1, p1
Repeat row 1.


The number of stitches for size M are given in brackets.

Cast on 52 (58) sts.

Row 1 (RS): sl1, knit to the last st, p1.

Row 2: sl1, purl to the end of the row.

Rows 3-6: repeat rows 1-2 twice.

Row 7 - Eyelet row: sl1, k1, *k2tog, yo, repeat from * to the last 2 sts, k1, p1.

Row 8: sl1, purl to the end of the row.

Rows 9-14: repeat rows 1-2 three more times.

Row 15 (increase row): sl1, k1 (4), *m1, k4, repeat from * eleven more times, k1 (4), p1. 64 sts (70 sts).

Row 16: sl1, *yfsl1yo, k1, repeat from * to the last st, p1.

Row 17: sl1, *yfsl1yo, brk1, repeat from * to the last st, p1.

Repeat row 17 thirty three (33) times.

Shaping of the Crown

Row 51: sl1, *p1, k1, repeat from * to the last st, p1.

Repeat row 51 three more times.

Row 55 (decrease row): sl 1, k1 (4), *k2tog, k3, repeat from * eleven more times, k1 (4), p1. 52 sts (58 sts).

Rows 56, 58, 60 and 62: sl1, purl to the end of the row.

Row 57 (decrease row): sl1, k1 (4), *k2tog, k2, repeat from * eleven more times, k1 (4), p1. 40 sts (46 sts).

Row 59 (decrease row): sl1, k1 (4), *k2tog, k1, repeat from * eleven more times, k1 (4), p1. 28 sts (34 sts).

Row 61 (decrease row): sl1, k1 (4), *k2tog, repeat from * eleven more times, k1 (4), p1. 16 sts (22 sts).

Cut yarn, leaving a 10" (25 cm) tail. Pull through remaining sts and secure.


Join back seam.

Fold the brim along the eyelet row and sew with invisible stitch.


Pattern was updated on August 09, 2018

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There are 7 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Carol
December 8, 2016

Row 3 isn't clear. Am doing a knit yo and then knit the slip stitch with the you yarn over? Or just knitting the slip stitch and yo. Is this suppose to increase the stitches
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 5, 2014

Knit one purl one across a row
Poster: Elaine Phillips
February 11, 2014

Poster: Sangeeta
October 30, 2016

A video or more instructions on Row 3 of Fishermans Rib would be helpful
Poster: debbie
May 9, 2014

is it possible to knit this in the round?
Poster: Sue
January 29, 2014

Do you increase 12 stitches on row 15 doing k1 p1?
Poster: Tina Wallace
December 3, 2013

In the fisherman's rib section of the pattern: Does the "Rib: 1k, 1p mean knit one row, purl one row; or knit one purl one across a row?

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