As a gesture of kindness and friendship,I offered to knit something for a friend who's mother died last month. She has requested a "beret". Can any of you men point me in the right direction for finding knitted beret or tam-o'shanter patterns. It seems to me that berets lend themselves more naturally to crochet technique, but I don't crochet, and am not inclined to learn at this time.



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There are a couple of them on this page



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Here are a few ideas. As usual, these patterns are geared for women so have kind of a chunky look, but I don't see why you couldn't adapt one of them for a guy by using a finer needle and less syrupy colors. I'm thinking fingering weight tweeds, etc. [NB: When you read this, expand your window so that the full URL addy's appear in toto. One of them is quite long.]

Anyway, check out:

This could be interesting done in a tweed. Check out Cascade's selections.

This one might do the trick sans pompom. No one needs to willingly invite trouble.

Which is more of a tam.

This one warrents a look. Again, done in a tweed on finer weapons than done here could be kinda choice.

~Mike in Tampa
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Sorry, Jack. I just noticed that I missed a pronoun in your post and assumed this was for a guy. So, ignore my masc. references. Look at the patterns cited "as is" since they are all for women.

~Mike in Tampa (who hates being a blond . . .)

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Berets are a great easy project.

I made a couple of berets last year using the pattern generator on this site:


I added a double hem for the brim -- this creates a tube in the brim where you can insert an elastic.
This makes the brims a bit more snug than you can get them with knitted ribbing.

I started out by practicing with some felted berets. The nice thing about felting is that it will hide any holes or mistakes you make in the knitting prcocess.

Ann Budd's "Knitter's handy book of patterns" has a tam pattern written for any size, any gauge. hope this helps......