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the keziah beret

She Who Only Knits Garments has finally knitted another accessory. Meet the Keziah Beret, a fun lacy hat just in time for gifting season. It’s actually a revamped version of a beret I designed for Fyberspates years ago; I realised I still love the pattern so it was silly to not release it myself! This time around I used my own yarn – Lily Kate Makes AXIS Worsted – which worked out just perfectly. With a few tweaks to the pattern and a new yarn it felt like a fresh design, and the crown decreases were just as satisfying to knit as I remember.

When purchasing via Ravelry, hat patterns are £3 individually or £5 for any 2 purchased together. See my Ravelry store for other hat knitting patterns.

I finished knitting the beret whilst in Aberdovey for a few days earlier this month, hence the idyllic beach town backdrops. We had the bluest November sky I’ve ever seen! Perfect for my bright new hat (and walks on the beach and all that, but mainly the hat…)

As for the name… naming patterns is hard! Anything relating to its poinsettia-like appearance or the fractal nature of the pattern has been used millions of times already. So I headed to my old faithful family tree in search of nice names, and named the beret after a family member generations ago.


I’m pretty sure berets work for everyone and hopefully these test knitter photos back up my point. Don’t they all look SO GOOD? Thank you so much to my wonderful group of test knitters for being so helpful, spotting even the tiniest errors, and showing off my pattern so well.


YARN: either DK or worsted weight yarn (see Sizing notes).

DK: 169 (187) metres / 183 (203) yards.
Worsted: 170 (189) metres / 185 (206) yards.

Sample shown in Lily Kate Makes AXIS Worsted in shade Caldera. If using this yarn, you will need 2 skeins.

GAUGE: 1 pattern repeat at widest point measures 3.5 inches / 9 cm, after blocking.

For brim: 16” / 40 cm needle in size 3.5mm (DK) or 4mm (worsted)
For main hat: 16” / 40 cm needle in size 4mm (DK) or 4.5mm (worsted)
For crown shaping: needles of your preferred length for working small circumferences in the round (ie. DPNs, long circulars for magic loop), 4mm (DK) or 4.5mm (worsted)
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

2 yarn weights and 2 stitch counts make for 4 options:

  • Smaller stitch count + DK weight = kids size
  • Smaller stitch count + worsted weight = average adult size
  • Greater stitch count + DK weight = average adult size
  • Greater stitch count + worsted weight = larger adult size

Sample shown in worsted weight yarn with smaller stitch count, which comfortably fits an adult head of circumference 22.5” / 57 cm.

CHOOSING YARN: the lace stitch pattern relies heavily on blocking to open up and reveal the detail. For this reason, I would recommend using yarns with majority animal fibre content such as wool and alpaca. Synthetic fibres such as acrylic will not open up during blocking or hold their shape, so the resultant beret will remain lumpy and won’t show the stitch pattern.

CONSTRUCTION: the entire hat is worked from the inside out, to create a reverse stocking stitch fabric without much purling.

PATTERN SUPPORT: for queries please EMAIL lilykate@jolihouse.com rather than sending an Instagram DM.

The Keziah Beret knitting pattern is also available via Ravelry and Etsy.

Lily Kate x

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