Ava Beret

by Sarah Grieve

» model: Mary » photos: Cheryl MacLennan

Calgary’s fall weather can be beautiful and chilly at the same time. Layering is the answer to the variant temperatures. Donning a hat is the perfect way to stay warm and cute at the same time! I designed this wee beret for little girls. The stitches create a sweet pattern of little hearts checker-boarding around the crown – perfect for every little girl!





Baby [Toddler, Child]
Sample shown in Child’s size.

Finished Measurements

Hat Circumference: 14½ [16½, 18½] inches
Hat Depth: 4½ [5, 5½] inches


Koigu KPPPM [100% Merino Wool; 175 yards/160 meters per 1.75 oz./50 gram ball];

#2239 (MC); 1 ball
Hand Dyed (CC); 1 ball

Recommended needle sizes

US #2.5/3 mm 16 inch circular needle for the brim of hat
US #5/3.75 mm 16 inch for the main body of hat
US #5/3.75mm dpns for the crown.


Stitch Markers
Tapestry Needle
¾ inch button - 1


26 sts and 40 rows = 4 inches on smaller needles in St st.
22 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches on larger size needles in brioche pattern.

Pattern Notes

This cute little beret is knit using a variation of the brioche stitch and has a sweet little picot edging. The beret is knit in the round. The main color is the semi-solid and is used for the edging. After the brim is knit, it is folded up, to the inside, and knit into the main body of the hat. Then the needle size is changed to the largest size and the brioche stitch pattern is started. The hand dyed contrasting color is used for the tiny heart shaped stitches that the brioche creates. Make sure to choose a yarn with a fair amount of contrast to be able to see the hearts easily.

Stitch Guide
K1b – Knit 1 below: Insert right needle into the stitch below the stitch on left needle. Knit the stitch and let stitch on needle drop off. Note: This is not a decrease.

Skills Required

Knitting on dpns, knitting in the round


DetailWith smaller needles and main color, cast on 96 [108, 120] sts. Join to work in the round making sure not to twist stitches. Place marker to indicate beginning of round.
Knit 8 rounds.
Next Round (Picot Edging): *Yo, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round.
Knit 7 rounds.

Join the cast on edge to the next row to create the brim as follows: Fold work at picot edging to the inside. * Knit 1 stitch from the needle with 1 cast on stitch from the edge of the knitting as a k2tog; repeat from * to end of row. Brim should now be neatly joined on the inside. Alternately, this can be sewn once the hat is complete.

Knit 1 round.
Next round (decrease rnd): * K4, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round.  80 [90, 100] sts.
Knit 1 round.

Change to larger needles and begin working in brioche stitch pattern as follows:

Rnd 1: With CC, purl around.
Rnd 2: With MC, * k1, k1b. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 3: With CC, purl around.
Rnd 4: With MC, * k1b, k1. Repeat from * to end of rnd.

Continue in pattern until work measures 3½ [4, 4½] inches from beginning of brioche stitch, or until desired length, ending with Rnd 2.

DetailCrown Shaping
Continue alternating MC and CC as per pattern to create colorwork pattern.
Rnd 1: * P7, p3tog; repeat from * to end of rnd: 64 [72, 80] sts.
Rnd 2: * K1b, k1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 3: Purl around.
Rnd 4: * K1, k1b; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: * P5, p3tog; repeat from * to end of rnd: 48 [54, 60] sts.
Rnd 6: * K1b, k1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 7:  Purl around.
Rnd 8: * K1, k1b; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 9: * P3, p3tog; repeat from * to end of rnd: 32 [36, 40] sts.
Rnd 10: *K1B, k1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 11: Purl around
Rnd 12: * K1, k1b; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 13: * P1, p3tog; repeat from * to end of rnd: 16 [18, 20] sts.
Rnd 14: * K1b, k1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 15: Purl around.
Rnd 16: * K1, k1b; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 17: * K2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd: 8 [9, 10] sts.

Cut yarn; thread tapestry needle with end and weave end through remaining sts, gathering tightly to close.


Weave in all ends and block lightly. If needed, sew brim to the inside of the hat.

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Sarah Grieve has always loved to design things. She learned to knit when she was 4 and enjoys it immensely. She has worked in a yarn store and designed patterns since she was 15. She launched her own line of patterns in 2009 under the name ‘A Sarah Grieve Production’ and can be found on Ravelry and at her website. She loves to teach people to knit and develop their skills. She is a self proclaimed craftaholic and wants to create everything.



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