Jean Beret

from Kathleen Dames

Jean Beret Pattern


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Knitting: Jean Beret
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Men



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Casting on
  • Decreasing

Pattern Description:

A simple beret with a twist, twisted stitches that is.
I used a smaller-than-usual size needle to create the cushy fabric I was looking forthis one was for my mom, and she lives in Chicago, where it gets cold. I imagine she will wear this down over her ears rather than on the back of her head or beret-style.
Any woolly, worsted yarn will work in this pattern. If you can't find Merino 5, try Berocco's Pure Merino, as the composition and construction of the yarns are very similar.


20 sts x 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult Medium (22-inch head circumference/12-inch diameter)


  • Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 Solid (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110 yards/100 meters per 50 gram skein); color: Black; 2 skeins
  • US4/3.5mm set of DPNs
  • US4/3.5mm 16-inch circular needle

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

220 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 Solid



About Designer

About Designer

Kathleen Dames on

I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need of a sweater) fix in t'other.

Though I didn't realize it at the time, I've been a knitwear designer from my first large-scale knitting project, a poncho for which I wanted to use a different yarn ...

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