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.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

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.

Georgia March 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

I’m also confused about the waste yarn. Wouldn’t that leave live stitches?

Craig March 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Normally yes, but in this case it won’t.

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