Grace Lace Beret Revisited

by Craig on March 26, 2013

Several years ago, then-Loop staffer Elizabeth Eisenstein designed a beautiful hat called the Grace Lace Beret. We published the pattern on the blog and it’s since been knit by hundreds of knitters.

Grace Lace Beret

We recently knit the Grace Lace Beret in one of our favorite yarns, Koigu Kersti. The subtle color variations of the Kersti solids beautifully compliment the lace pattern. And Kersti is so soft and bouncy, it feels great on your head.

The original pattern caused some confusion because of its unique use of a provisional cast on to create a decorative edge. To make it easier, we wrote simplified version of the pattern, which you’ll find below.

Grace No-Lace Beret

And because some folks don’t like to knit or to wear lace, but still like the shape of the Grace Lace Beret, we wrote a variation of the pattern, which we’re calling the Grace No-Lace Beret. This pattern is below too. For this, we chose one of Kersti’s gorgeous multi color versions.

Enjoy!

GRACE LACE BERET
SIZE
One size fits most women

YARN
Koigu Kersti [100% merino wool, 114 yds / 50g]: 2 skeins.

NEEDLES + NOTIONS
16-inch size 7 (4.5mm) circular needles,
set of 5 size 7 (4.5mm) DPNs,
16-inch size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles.
stitch marker, darning needle.

GAUGE
5 stitches per inch in Stockinette St on size 7 needles. Take time to swatch and check your gauge.

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

PATTERN
With smaller needles CO 120 stitches. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat to end.
Repeat Round 1 ten times.

Change to larger circular needles and work Rounds 1-10 of chart (see below) 3 times, then work Rounds 1-6 once. [NOTE: Click on the chart for a larger view of it.]

Crown Decreases
Round 1: *k5, DD, k4; rep from * to end. (100 sts)
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *k4, DD, k3; rep from * to end. (80 sts)
Round 4: Knit.
Round 5: *k3, DD, k2; rep from * to end. (60 sts)
Round 6: *k2, DD, k1; rep from * to end. (40 sts)
Round 7: *k1, DD; rep from * to end. (20 sts)
Round 8: K1, *DD, k2; repeat from * to last 4 sts, dd, k1. (12 sts)

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

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GRACE NO-LACE BERET
SIZE
One size fits most women

YARN
Koigu Kersti [100% merino wool, 114 yds / 50g]: 2 skeins.

NEEDLES + NOTIONS
16-inch size 7 (4.5mm) circular needles,
set of 5 size 7 (4.5mm) DPNs,
16-inch size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles.
stitch marker, darning needle.

GAUGE
5 stitches per inch in Stockinette St on size 7 needles. Take time to swatch and check your gauge.

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

PATTERN
With smaller circular needles, CO 120 stitches. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat to end.
Repeat Round 1 ten times.

Change to larger circular needles and knit 36 rounds.

Crown Decreases:
Round 1: *K5, DD, k4; rep from * across all stitches. (100 sts)
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *K4, DD, k3; rep from * across all stitches. (80 sts)
Round 4: Knit.
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 4 sts, dd, k1. (12 sts)

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

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