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Knitting Pattern: Tuileries Beret

Elevate your winter headgear collection with the Tuileries Beret, a beret knit in a fun bouclé yarn. The bright pink color is a pick-me-up for the coldest winter days, reminding you of the promise of spring. It’s a color you might see in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens in Paris. (Prounounce it “twee-luh-REE”.)

The hat is knit in the round from the top down using double-pointed and circular needles, or the Magic Loop method. And if you prefer to use a smoother yarn, it will look great in that, also!

Woman wearing a bright pink knitted beret

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bright pink beret on a hat stand, with a black draped background

The Yarn and Needles

Fine Weight Yarn-2 Craft Yarn Council
skein of bright pink boucle yarn - Bubbly Boucle from Knitpicks

The luxurious curly yarn adds texture and depth, as well as warmth.

I used Bubbly Bouclé from KnitPicks and WeCrochet in color Popping Candy.

This sport-weight yarn is a blend of 82% superfine alpaca, 13% merino wool, and 5% nylon. It has 328 yards in each 100 gram skein, so there’s plenty of yarn to make two berets – one for yourself and one to gift. You can twin with your bestie!

16-inch circular needles with metal tips and a red cable - Chiagoo circular needles

Bouclé yarn can be challenging to work with, but it’s worth the effort to create a unique fabric!

I found that using metal needles with a relatively sharp tip helped me to avoid splitting the yarn or grabbing a yarn “curl” instead of the entire strand. I used 16-inch {40 cm] Chiagoo brand needles (picutured), along with my grandmother’s double-pointed needles similar to these Hiya Hiya Sharp Knitting Needles. You could also use a long circular needle for the Magic Loop method, if you prefer.

I used US size 6 [4 mm] to get gauge, but of course you will use whatever size you need to match my gauge.

You’ll also need some stitch markers, one in a unique color. And a 10-12″[25.5-20.5 cm] dinner plate for blocking!

The Pattern

image of cover page of Tuileries Beret knitting pattern

The Tuileries Beret knitting pattern has been test knit and professionally tech-edited. It includes a video tutorial demonstrating how to steam block the hat.

The design is sized for adults. The fabric is stockinette stitch throughout, with a 1×1 rib. The knitting is easy enough for beginners, although the use of bouclé yarn bumps the skill level up a bit. Beginning knitters might want to try it first with a smooth yarn (always an option) before moving on to the more challenging curly yarn.

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