Grace Lace Beret

by Elizabeth on October 13, 2008


I love a slouchy beret. It’s the perfect thing to cover up my (many) bad hair days and still look stylish, but I can rarely bring myself to buy one. The details are never quite right–the ribbing doesn’t flow into the lace pattern, or the crown decreases seem careless–and I, as a knitter, know it can be done better.

Grace Lace Beret

Elizabeth wearing her Grace Lace Beret

The Grace Lace Beret has all of the right details. The cast on is a modified and simplified tubular cast on, and the simple lace pattern flows evenly from ribbing to crown decreases. The yarn, Louisa Harding Grace, is one of my favorites. The 50/50 wool/silk blend has a beautiful halo and just the right amount of drape. It feels delicate, but wears incredibly well, and is–of course–soft as silk. This season Harding introduced Grace in beautiful hand-dyed colors, too. The Grace Lace Beret works up super-fast, which makes it perfect for last-minute holiday gifts.

Grace Lace Beret - side view

the side view of the Grace Lace Beret

One size fits most women

2 balls of Louisa Harding Grace or Hand Dyed Grace yarn
16” circular and DPN in US 9 or size needed to achieve gauge
set of 5 dpn US 4
crochet hook, waste yarn, stitch markers, darning needle

4 stitches per inch in lace pattern


K knit
P purl
DD double decrease, slip two stitches together as if to knit 2 together, knit one, pass two slipped stitches over.


With crochet hook and waste yarn, chain 65 stitches. With working yarn, and US4 needles, pick up 60 stitches from back of crochet chains. Distribute stitches evenly over dpn’s and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: (increase round) With working yarn, *k1, yo; rep from * across all stitches (120 stitches)

Round 2: *slip 1 with yarn in front, k1; rep from * across all stitches

Round 3: *p1, slip 1 with yarn in back; rep from * across all stitches

Continue in p1, k1 rib for 1 1/4″ from cast on. Remove waste yarn from cast on.

Change to US9 circular needles and work rows 1-10 of chart 3 times, then work rows 1-6 once. (see below for chart.)

Crown Decreases:

Round 1: *k5, DD, k4; rep from * across all stitches. (100 sts)

Round 2: k 1 round

Round 3: *k4, dd, k3; rep from * across all stitches (80 sts)

Round 4: k1 round

Round 5: *k3, dd, k2; rep from * across all stitches (60 sts)

Round 6: *k2, dd, k1; rep from * across all stitches (40 sts)

Round 7: *k1, dd; rep from * across all stitches (20 sts)

Round 8: k1, *dd, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, dd, k1 (15 sts)

Cut yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Draw through rem sts and pull tightly. Weave in end on inside.

Lace Chart

Enjoy your beret! And don’t forget to send us a picture!

UPDATE: We no longer carry Louisa Harding Grace and Hand-Dyed Grace yarn. The Grace Lace Beret can be knit with any DK weight yarn that gives you 5.5 stitches per inch in stockinette. I think Filatura di Crosa Zara yarn would be a great choice.

{ 97 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly December 14, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Hi! I just found this on Ravelry and can’t wait to cast on! I am really looking forward to making this hat!

Eve December 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

as I am knitting this beautiful beret, I can’t stop wandering how you blocked it (flat, on a plate like a regular beret, like a sun, etc) to get it all nice and even and not spiky… I mean, it looks nice with the spikes, but the lace pattern does not show much that way. I will post it on Ravelry when I am done in a couple of days. Happy holidays!

Eve December 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I meant to write “wondering”, not “wandering”, even if I do wander sometimes :-)

Luisa January 1, 2010 at 7:20 am

I just made 2 of them as Christmas gifts:

I enjoyed making them and they were both big successes, thank you!

Lisa January 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I just used a regular tubular cast on instead of the simplified one – the regular one is pretty simple, and there are online videos to help. The question I have is about the start of the lace pattern. Am I beginning with a purl stitch? Or do I move my end-of-row marker back one space and begin above a knit stitch? If I do it the wrong way, I end up without those lovely arches growing out of the ribbing that motivated me to try this pattern in the first place! Hope my question is clear.

Craig January 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

They’re beautiful, Luisa! Glad you like the pattern.

Craig January 2, 2010 at 8:38 am

Yes, we blocked it flat on a plate.

Courtney January 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

I knitted this beret and it looks so great! I really love it, but was a little unsure about blocking it. I was reading that a lot of people blocked it over a plate, but is there a way to block it to make the ribbing not stretch out quite as much as the one pictured at the top? Thanks!

Rosenda January 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Im doing the first row from the chart and im confused. Do you keep repeating yo, slip 2 stiches together, yo, for the entire 1st row and then once there isnt any yarn on the other needle start row 2????
Please help!

Mariam January 15, 2010 at 1:09 am

You can never find berets like this!
I have no idea how to knit and ive always wanted to so i was wondering if anyone knew a good website that will teach you everything that you need to know, so that eventually, one day i may be able to make this beret?

Tricia January 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Hi, I really like this hat! I’m planning to start it as soon as I finish my current project in a few days.
What would be the best type of yarn to use. Is it being done in worsted weight. Is fingering weight too thin?
Could I use Debbie Bliss yarn or Cascade?

mc February 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Rosenda, the chart only shows one repeat. You repeat the pattern over the round. Start from the bottom right (1).

So the first row is K 1, YO, K4, SP 2 ST, K4, YO repeated over the round. You start round two after you complete the first round of 60 stitches.

The second round is a row of knit (as are all even rounds).

anna February 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

o hai!

thanks for the pattern and the support, you guys! I love the pattern, but i’m still kind of a beginner so this is pretty much the most complicated thing i’ve ever knitted. i have a question about the pattern…after the second round (s1wyif, k1), it looks like there are three loops where there used to be two. did i mess up? should i do the 3rd round pattern into all 45 loops and it’ll work out?


anna February 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

Never mind, I figured out the problem (yif to slip then yib to knit!). Patterns seem to work much nicer when you’re doing them correctly :-)

MaryQuil February 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Love the Grace Lace beret and am working on a sample practice piece — have had no luck with the waste yarn technique of casting on as I couldn’t pull it through the knit on stitches – so I snipped and snipped and finally got it all out (there must be an easier way!)– love the look on the edge. Both yarns I used are about the same weight -what went wrong??

Craig March 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

Mary, it sounds like you picked up your stitches from the top of the crochet chain. Next time, lay the chain with the Vs on the table. There will be a horizontal row of bumps that look like purl stitches. These are the backs of the crochet chains. If you pick up your stitches here, you’ll be able to unzip the chain later and avoid needing scissors. Hope that helps!

MaryQuil March 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Thanks for the info – I will be more careful when I do it the next time – and will let you know of my success!

sherilynpage March 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Made one. Loved the pattern, hated my yarn choice. Very excited to start #2. Had absolutely no problems with this pattern and it was my very first patterned and non-scarf piece my mom loves the first one and I love that she wears it. Thanks for sharing!!!

Diva June 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

thanx for sharing an amazing pattern !! Bless you!!!

Elizabeth July 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I am working on this beret and it is turning out great, but I do have one question. In the photo there is a ribbed band, but the tubular cast-on that the pattern suggests gave me a different edge. Did I do something wrong? Was I supposed to knit a few rounds of ribbing before starting the lace pattern?

Jessica September 9, 2010 at 2:37 am


I am trying to do this beret, but I am confused. Do I use both balls a once? I tried with just one but it is not tight enough. If you use just one what is the trick for keeping it tight?


Katelin October 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm

First of all, I love this beret, and I can’t wait to finish.
But I’m havingtrouble with the tubular cast on. I pocked up a the stitches from the back of the crochet chain, and I did the first row exactly as it says to be done, knit one, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, etc. But I don’t end up with 120 stitches, which makes sense with what I’m doing. So am I just reading the pattern wrong? What is going on?

Helen November 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

this is so confusing to me

Amy November 10, 2010 at 8:37 am

I just finished this project and I LOVED it, until I blocked it out. The stretchy edge has stretched out so much that it now has no shape at all (the lace looks pretty though). What do I do to get it back into shape?

Gretchen December 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

I must admit I knit this out of acrylic. The recipient of the hat would most likely wash it and shrink it if I didn’t. It still turned out lovely!
Here’s my photo. My daughter actually.

jessica bremer February 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

I’m confused as to why you used such large needles. I’ve made hats in this yarn weight before and have never used above a size 6 needle, so 9 seems huge.

Susan April 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Amy probably doesn’t need this information anymore but if anyone else here is looking for how to block it and still have the ribbing not be stretched out, try this:

When you block this hat over a plate, flip it over to the ribbing side. Thread a darning needle with some waste yarn and run it under the arms of the knit stitches all along the bottom of the ribbing. Then pull it into a nice tight circle, like a drawstring bag. Let it dry that way and when you pull out your waste yarn your ribbing will be nice and tight.

Fidele June 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I need a pattern for a hat with alot of slouchiness. Can you give me an idea of how long this hat is from rib to top of crown measured straight up? Another question…this is an unusual cast on and rib (slip stitches)…what is the purpose of this in the design?

Traci July 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I can’t seem to switch my stitches over from a size 4 to size 9 needle. I have been trying for the past hour and the stitches are too tight. Any suggestions?

Bette November 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

Doing just fine until I get to the last row. As a double decrease requires 3 stitches, shouldn’t you repeat until the last four (rather than 3) stitches to dd, k1? And it seems like I would then have 12 stitches left rather than 15?

Erika November 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I LOVE this pattern and have the first section completed. I’m a little confused with the pattern of the lace. I don’t really understand your directions for the arrow in the patter (where you slip 2, knit 1, slip). Would you be able to explain that?


Paula November 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

I absolutely love this hat but I am having a bit of trouble with it. I distributed them over three needles with the fourth needle as my knitting needle. Is this correct? I then k1, yo but I am ending up with only 90 stitches on all my needles. What I am doing wrong? Please help!

Guadalupe December 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Hi I recently found your pattern and decided to try it out even though I’m a beginner.

But I’m confused after removing the waste yarn. Wouldn’t that leave live stitches? Would you continue with stitches that you have been working with or switch to the live stitches?

Guadalupe December 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I believe its the double decrease described at the top of the pattern.
Here is a video that explains it.

Kris December 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm


I was wondering the same thing on the very last row. I looked at the hat, and what was called for, and made the decision to let the previous round dictate my last decreases. I skipped the first K1 on the pattern, and did a DD. Because the next stitch was the “top” of a previous DD, I K1 on that. And so on, around. I ended with a K1, and 10 stitches.

Kris December 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

ooops, I meant 9 stitches at the end.

laura bier December 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

besides the ribbing, the pattern is great! i don’t care about the the cast on being invisible so im just going to do the basic ribbing on p2, k2. thanks for this pattern!

Ashley July 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Okay, I have cast on three times now, and every time I complete my first round I come up about 4 stitches short, sometimes more sometimes less. I do the crochet, have 60, then make 120 out of the 60 and create my band. Then I start the pattern and voila I am short. HELP! I am sure it is 120 stitches that I need to end up with, or have I missed something?


gladys November 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I finished my hat and love it; very easy to follow instructions ..Would anyone know how to adjust the pattern to make matching fingerless gloves?

Patty M November 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

As soon as I pulled out the crochet chain from the cast on (and I did it gently so I didnt stretch it out), the whole band just expanded and lost its shape. The band is huge and when I put it on, it looks like I have just put a large sack on my head. No shape, no drape. Going to have FROG this one as I dont think it can be saved by blocking. The band is about 5 inches too large for my head. I did a guage swatch and started with 60 stiches and increased to 120 for the band just like the pattern indicated. Very disappointed. =(

Craig November 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’m sorry your hat didn’t work out. Without seeing your project, it’s hard to know what happened. I hope you’re not discouraged and will try again. Good luck!

elaine January 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

have just looked at this pattern and read comments. figured out that last row of crown decreases (row 8) is the same as row 7 ie *ki,dd repeat but will end up with 10 stitches, not 15 which makes sense cause all the other rows have gone down in even numbers. that is the way i will do it anyway if i make the hat. just need to look at youtube for cast on cause also thought would end up with live stitches after removing waste yarn, if a prob will cast on usual way.

emily January 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I’m a new knitter, and I’m confused about the beginning of the pattern after you chain 65 stitches. How are you supposed to pick up 60 stitches when you have 65 on the chain? Do you only pick up the first 60 and leave the other 5 alone? There’s probably an obvious answer, but I’m so confused!

sneha February 22, 2013 at 5:01 am

I’m confused after removing the waste yarn. Wouldn’t that leave live stitches? Would you continue with stitches that you have been working with or switch to the live stitches?

Anna-Lena October 31, 2013 at 5:33 am

Dear Elisabeth,

I am German, so it’s not that easy for me to read and understand the instruction.
I really want to knit this delicious hat. But I have tweo questions.
Can I do a normal cast on? If yes, do I have to cast on 60 stiches an increase, so that I have 120 and then starting with K1P1?

Hope to get an answere,



Megan November 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I very much enjoyed knitting this. It was very easy, quick, and beautiful. Thanks!

Kathleen March 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

To Eve December 24, 2009

Eliminate “spikes” by slipping (instead of knitting) the stitch above the double decrease on the even-knit round. Lace will lay flat and open without blocking.

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