Monday, September 07, 2009

Butterfly Beret Pattern - FREE!

Butterfly Beret
By Rachel Iufer

Special thanks to Katie Blackman for modeling!


22 sts to 4 inches, 30 rows to 4 inches in stockinette


Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds) 1 ball. Shown in green (avocado 161) and purple (sigh 148)

US 4 (3.5mm) 16” circular needle
US5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle and double pointed needles

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Knit, purl, increase, decrease, knitting in the round, I-cord, bind off


k2tog: knit two stitches together as one
ssk: slip two stitches knitwise. Insert the left needle into the front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together as one.
M1: Insert the tip of the left needle from front to back into the bar between the stitch that was just knit and the next stitch on the left needle. Knit into the back of the bar to twist and close the hole. 1 stitch increased.
Butterfly stitch: Take the RH needle and scoop up the 5 strands from bottom to top, knit one stitch and with the stitch on the RH needle pull the stitch loop down underneath the 5 strands and over the top creating an elongated stitch that gathers the 5 strands slightly.
Butterfly pattern:
Rows 1,3,5,7,9: *knit 5, bring the yarn to the front and slip 5 stitches purlwise, bring the yarn to the back* rep form
Rows 2,4,6,8: knit all stitches
Row 10: *knit 7, butterfly stitch* rep form
Rows 11,13,15,17,19: *bring the yarn to the front and slip 5 stitches purlwise, bring the yarn to the back, knit 5* rep form
Rows 12,14,16,18: knit all stitches
Row 20: *knit 2, butterfly stitch, knit 7* rep form
wyif: with yarn in front
bytb: bring yarn to back
PM: place marker
sl: slip the stitches purlwise
SM: slip marker


With smaller needles, cast on 92 stitches. Place marker and join in the round.
Work in k1,p1 rib for 1 inch, or approximately 7 rows.

Switch to larger circular needles.
Increase row: *k1, M1* 2 times, [k2, M1] 44 times, *k1, M1* two times. 140 stitches.
Rw 1-60: work butterfly stitch repeat 3 times over the next 60 rows.

Begin decreases (move to double points when needed):
Next Round: *wyif sl5, bytb, k2tog, PM, k1, ssk, wyif sl5, bytb, k5* rep form 7 times (126 sts)
Rnd 2: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 3: *wyif sl 4, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 4, bytb, k5* rep form 7 times (112 sts)
Rnd 4: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 5: *wyif sl 3, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 3, bytb, k5* rep form 7 times (98 sts)
Rnd 6: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 7: *wyif sl 2, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 2, bytb, k5* rep form 7 times (84 sts)
Rnd 8: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 9: *wyif sl 1, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 1, bytb, k5* rep form 7 times (70 sts)
Rnd 10: *butterfly stitch, k1, SM, k2, butterfly stitch, k5* 7 times
Rnd 11:* k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif sl5, bytb* around
Rnd 12: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 13: k1 *SM, K1, SSK, wyif sl 3, bytb, k2tog * at the last stitch k2tog with the first stitch of the next round
Rnd 14: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 15: k *SM, k1, SSK, wyif sl 1, bytb, k2tog around until last k2tog use the first stitch of the next round
Rnd 16: *SM, k2, butterfly stitch the the strands, k1* repeat until the end of the round ending on the butterfly stitch
Rnd 17: K1, *sm, SSK, k2tog* until the end, use the first stitch of the next round for the last k2tog
Rnd 18: knit all stitches and remove all markers
Rnd 19: k2tog around (7sts remain)
Rnd 20-21: k2tog 3 times, k1 (4 sts)
Rnd 21-23: k around (i-cord)
Rnd 24: k2tog, k3tog.
Pull yarn through loops and weave the end in securely.

Weave in all ends.

Blocking makes a difference! I use a plate and the steam of my iron to block my hats. They stretch and get fuzzy with wear (especially if you wear them in the rain. The green hat is a year old and the purple is fresh off the needles)

added note on size:
The original pattern leaves a wide hat brim. If you find it to be too loose, you can cast on only 80 stitches and increase to 140 stitches by increasing as *K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, M1* around.


At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You both look like professional models. Nice to see you post. Ma

At 7:56 PM, Blogger pamela said...

I love the beret. It's so nice to see you here. Hope you come to knit night one of these days!

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

I have been waiting for this pattern for a long time. Your original was so pretty! I can't wait to make my own!

At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the pattern! I've loved this hat since the first time you posted a picture of it.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Kara said...

Yay! I always love a good beret pattern. Thank you!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Crafty Tuesday said...

I am chuffed to see your pattern for this. I stumbled across your blog about a year ago now and, well, everyone who loves knitting knows, it's fun to read about other people who love knitting too! So I saw the butterfly beret and attempted one myself, alas with absolutely no success. Thanks for posting the pattern :-)

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous tiennie said...

Beautiful berets! Nice to se you 'round these parts. :)

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Ginger said...

Yay for Rachel's blog!

At 11:05 PM, Blogger mama dialogues said...

Oh my, I am so thrown off with the butterfly stitch pattern. Is there a tutorial anywhere because I don't understand how to pass the one loop over the five slipped stitches. They are slipped, right? And RH does mean right hand needle, right?

Thank in advance!

At 11:08 PM, Blogger mama dialogues said...

I found a tutorial and figured it out!

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

wow those are so pretty! thanks for the awesome pattern!

At 1:05 AM, Blogger Wernicke Margit said...

Thankyou for the pattern.
take care margit

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Lovely models with lovely hats! How pretty! I do have a question. I recently stopped by Michael's and the only length of needles I could find was 29". Is it possible to make the hat on needles with cables that long?

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Sarah P said...

This is beautiful! Our church has a fundraiser coming up...would you give us permission to knit and sell a few of these? Amazing!

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Ginger said...

This looks really cool, but I don't understand a lot of it.

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I just picked up some lightweight yarn today, and this is exactly what I want to make with it! Hopefully I'll be able to finish it it time for Summer, haha...

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Katherine said...

hi, I really want to make this beret but i'm not sure what you mean by 'repeat 3 times over next 60 sts'. Also, you have explained what the butterfly pattern is, but then only refer to the butterfly stitch in the pattern.

Please help!

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Pepper Spray Pizza said...

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At 11:43 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

at "begin decrease" it SHOULD say:
Begin decreases (move to double points when needed):
Next Round: *wyif s5, bytb, k2tog, PM, k1, ssk, wyif s5, bytb, k5* rep form 7 times (126 sts)

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

WOW! This is fantastic, thank you so much for posting this! Can't wait to give it a go. I love your patterns, and I love your bog.Very refreshing and super inspiring. Thanks!

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a little confused on the butterfly row (row 10), it says knit 7 and then do butterfly stitch and repeat but after a butterfly stitch and knit 7 you do not reach the middle section of the butterfly stitch area you are a few stitches away from it so it makes it very slanted, is this correct, anyone that can help with assistance it would be greatly appreciated,

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this pattern. I've been intimidated by the butterfly stitch for about a month, but finally decided to take it on. This site helped a lot: The hat turned out great and is now one of my favorites. Regarding Row 10, yes, I think there is an error. I think it should be *K7, butterfly, K2*

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Corrine D. Walters Pierce said...

This is absolutely beautiful. That said, I am at the point where I am making the decreases and it is not working out right. For starters I am starting another butterfly right on top of another butterfly and then when I get to the 3rd row stitches just don't seem to line up properly. Am I doing something wrong? Please help! I am really excited about finishing this.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I ran into the same problem when decreasing (putting a butterfly pattern on top of a butterfly pattern). I cheated a bit by doing a K5 and moving my start of round marker after the K5 before starting row 1 of the decrease. Then I began the decreasing, and everything lined up. May not be the best solution, but it was not noticeable in the end. I'm now making another one, and this time I'm starting with rows 11-20, then rows 1-10 when doing the butterfly pattern.

At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Leena said...

I love you hat;)
Thanks for the pattern!

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these berets I haven't been knitting very long (a crocheter) but I'm thinking of giving it a try. Btw I have a daughter also named Rachel and a Gemini. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely pattern with us.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger hypotenuse u said...

beautiful beret!

At 5:56 AM, Anonymous anyammis said...

Thank you so much for this pattern! It looks beautiful. Can't wait to make mine! :D

At 12:37 PM, Blogger twelvedaysold said...

Thanks for the pattern! There is some errata though. For the butterfly stitch, the pattern should read to knit 2 or knit 7 (row 10 and 20) and then after picking up all stitches to make the butterfly, knit 9, and pick up the stitches again, not knit 7. I have a couple wonky butterflies at the beginning because I wasn't paying attention.

Thanks again!!

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At 11:54 PM, Blogger Hilde said...

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At 11:54 PM, Blogger Hilde said...

Hi from Norway.
Love your beret and your blog.
Thanks for the pattern.

At 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for making it an easy one!



have a nice day!

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person above. Are you the dumb one? It has butterfly stitches all over it. It's not hard if you look up tutorials. It is free too. So if you don't like it then you should just move right along. Don't be rude. It's adorable.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I just finished it today and I absolutely love it!

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Custom Patches said...

I love the cute berets! They look good on the model wearing them! Thanks also for posting the procedure on how to make one. I love to try it one of these days.

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Sindar said...

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern :) so pretty! i will make one for my own.

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At 7:24 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I totally love it, I just finished mine, and it's the best hat I have ever made....thumb up....

At 11:48 PM, Blogger mangamaniacSA said...

This is my first knitting project ever, but I have a ton of experience with just about every other kind of needlework, so I found this error before went too far down the first decrease round... when starting the decreases the butterflies are in the wrong position, use this instead and it will correct that problem:

Next Round: *k5, wyif sl5, bytb, k2tog, PM, k1, ssk, wyif sl5, bytb* rep form 7 times (126 sts)
Rnd 2: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 3: *k5, wyif sl 4, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 4, bytb* rep form 7 times (112 sts)
Rnd 4: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 5: *k5, wyif sl 3, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 3, bytb* rep form 7 times (98 sts)
Rnd 6: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 7: *k5, wyif sl 2, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 2, bytb* rep form 7 times (84 sts)
Rnd 8: k all stitches slipping all markers
Rnd 9: *k5, wyif sl 1, bytb, k2tog, SM, k1, ssk, wyif, sl 1, bytb* rep form 7 times (70 sts)
Rnd 10: *k5, butterfly stitch, k1, SM, k2, butterfly stitch* 7 times

Basically, this modification takes the k5 from the end of the repeated segment and adds it to the beginning so the butterflies are in the right place. The second set of butterflies (from Rnd 11 on) are good "as is". I know this pattern was posted about 2 years ago, but I figure if I found it others will too, and they'll want to know about this error and how to fix it easily. :)

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At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished mine, not too sure how to go about blocking it however. I don't have an iron. Suggestions?

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just what point should I switch to the Double Pointed needles?

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Diana said...

Love the Butterfly Beret...Had a little difficulty at first...but was able to figure it any experienced knitter can do. Thanks!!

At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 2012-Butterfly Beret just finished in lovely soft Alpaca wool. thanks so much for a wonderfull looking hat, roll on winter in New Zealand :c)

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At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can I print the directions without all the pictures and comments?

At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi and thank you for the lovely pattern. I am looking forward to trying it out!
BTW to the above question, to save on ink I do this all the time when printing patterns
first highlight the text only of the pattern,(if the instructions are separated by a picture do this twice)
then right click, copy and open up word, works, or note pad and right click paste, then you can print without photos!

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This beret is really cute. I just finished it. I'm not certain if I will do another though. I really hate working with double pointed needles. The pattern itself isn't difficult - the online videos make the butterfly stitch really easy to do.

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Hil said...

I had 100gm of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino left over from another project - perfect. Made a great beret. Lovely pattern - worked out beautifully !

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Kiki said...

Saw this beret in Cannon Beach at Coastal Yarns. Can't wait to knit this for my daughter! Adorable. Pattern looks like it is easy to follow.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Monazza Talha said...

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for the lovely pattern. I was wondering if you have this pattern for a pair of stqndard needles instead of circular ones?

Thanks, Monazza.

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Sandy said...

To anonymous above, if you are going to post nonsensical and offensive blather, at least spell it correctly. Just because you can't figure it out is no reason for your disgusting post. I would recommend remedial classes in knitting, and English.

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, I tried this and it turned out perfectly!

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