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Grace Lace Beret

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.

127 thoughts on “Grace Lace Beret

  1. Yes, to both. Sounds like you’ve got it.

  2. On the first few rows, when it says “slip with yarn in front”, is it understood to slip the yarn purlwise?

  3. Yes. I always slip purlwise unless the pattern says otherwise.

  4. My GD wanted a purple hat and picked this pattern. It worked up quickly and was a fun pattern to make. The pic is at

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

  6. Hi,
    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!

  7. I meant to write “wondering”, not “wandering”, even if I do wander sometimes 🙂

  8. Hi!
    I just made 2 of them as Christmas gifts:

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. Yes, we blocked it flat on a plate.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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?

  15. 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?

  16. […] found this pattern for a beret a while ago and would quite like to use the yarn  stipulated (Louisa Harding  Grace) […]

  17. […] stick to my one-at-a-time craft for now ta. I’m sure I’ll get around to knitting my Grace Lace Beret at some point, but for now it won’t even make it to UFO status because my mind is amigurumi […]

  18. 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).

  19. 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?


  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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??

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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!!!

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

  28. 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?

  29. […] made the beret first. The Grace Lace Beret pattern starts out with a modified tubular cast-on. I was dubious at first, but it makes a really […]

  30. […] made the beret first. The Grace Lace Beret pattern starts out with a modified tubular cast-on. I was dubious at first, but it makes a really […]

  31. Hi,

    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?


  32. […] all my various shawls and scarves with them. I also got some lovely soft green yarn to make the Grace lace beret to go with my annis shawl. I’m hoping to crochet some lace handwarmers from the left over […]

  33. […] week I whipped up the Grace lace beret. It took me less than four days to knit it. It’s a lovely pattern, really quick and really […]

  34. […] to knit one instead of buying one, and I spent a good hour or so last night browsing the net for the right pattern and then digging through my stash for yarn that would […]

  35. 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?

  36. this is so confusing to me

  37. 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?

  38. […] har jag inte varit så bloggig på sistone. Och inte så pysslig heller. Men jag har iaf stickat en Grace Lace Beret som jag inte har en bild […]

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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?

  43. 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?

  44. 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?

  45. 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?


  46. 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!

  47. 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?

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

  49. Bette,

    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.

  50. ooops, I meant 9 stitches at the end.

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