Inside: Free needle knit Beehive Beret pattern including written instructions for 5 sizes from Baby to Adult, chart and fully- captioned tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters.
So, what’s the one thing you almost ALWAYS do when knitting a hat?
You knit the brim with a smaller needle size than the rest of the hat. This cinches up the brim just a bit giving the hat a perfect snug fit.
That doesn’t always work out as planned as I found out when I knit my Beehive Waffle Hat. When I finished the hat and tried it on, much to my surprise the body of the hat was huge!
I made one of the classic blunders. The first, as we all know, is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well known is this: know the stitch pattern you’re working with!
I’d already knit up the flat panel of the beehive waffle stitch so I knew that it was VERY stretchy, but I didn’t take into account how that stretchiness would affect a pattern in the round. We’ll be chalking that up to a lesson learned the hard way.
But, as it often happens, my mistake became a happy accident!
Now you can choose which of the beehive waffle stitch hats you like best: Beanie or Beret?
The Beehive Beret is simply a roomier version of my Beehive Waffle Knit Hat. This textured stitch pattern has loads of stretch making it an easy transition to a beret. This knit hat features a ribbed brim, beehive waffle stitch body and decreased crown for a smooth top. I love both sides so I use mine as a reversible hat.
Pattern includes written instructions for 5 hat sizes from Baby to Adult Large, chart and links to fully captioned tutorial videos to help you make this hat.
Needle Knit Beehive Beret
By Kristen MangusA downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:
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Medium (#4) weight yarn
Caron Simply Soft Tweeds (5 oz/140 g; 250 yds/228 m) in color
Off White used in sample.
US 8 (5.00 mm) – 5 DPNs or circular needle AND
US 10 (6.00 mm) – 5 DPNs or circular needle
Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Interchangeable circular needle and Knitter’s Pride Karbonz DPNs used in sample.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
8 Stitch markers
Approx = approximately
Beg = Beginning
Cont = Continue
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit two stitches together
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
Rnd = Round
St(s) = Stitch(es)
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15 sts x 40 rows in 4” (10 cm) in beehive waffle st
SKILL LEVEL Easy+
Baby (Toddler, Small, Medium, Large)
Circumference 12.75 (15, 17, 19, 21) inches and [32.5 (38, 43, 48, 53.5) cm and 6.5 (7.5, 8.5, 8.75, 9) inches [16.5 (19, 21.5, 22.5, 23) cm] in height.
The beehive waffle stitch pattern is a multiple of 2. See stitch pattern chart below.
Reversible stitch pattern:
Cast on 48 (56, 64, 72, 80) sts and join in the round. Place marker to mark beginning of round.
Rnd 1: *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 for 1.5 (1.5, 1.5, 2, 2) inches [4 (4, 4, 5, 5) cm] or until desired length.
Rnd 2: Knit all.
Rep Rnd 2 once more and switch to larger needles.
Beehive Waffle Stitch:
Rnd 3: Purl all.
Rnd 4: *K1below. K1. Rep from * to end of Rnd.
Rnd 5: Purl all.
Rnd 6: *K1, K1below. Rep from * to end of Rnd.
Rep Rnds 3-6 in Beehive Waffle st until work from beg measures approx 4.5 (5, 5.5, 6, 6) inches [11.5 (13, 14, 15.3, 15.3) cm].
Starting at the beginning of the round, place a stitch marker every 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts.
Rnd 1: *Knit 4 (5, 6, 7, 8), K2tog. Rep from * around. 40 (48, 56, 64, 72) sts.
Rnd 2 and alt rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: *Knit 3 (4, 5, 6, 7), K2tog. Rep from * around. 32 (40, 48, 56, 64) sts.
Rnd 5: *Knit 2 (3, 4, 5, 6), K2tog. Rep from * around. 24 (32, 40, 48, 56) sts.
Rnd 7: *Knit 1 (2, 3, 4, 5), K2tog. Rep from * around. 16 (24, 32, 40, 48) sts.
Rnd 9: *Knit 0 (1, 2, 3, 4), K2tog. Rep from * around. 8 (16, 24, 32, 40) sts. [Baby Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]
Rnd 11: *Knit X (0, 1, 2, 3), K2tog. Rep from * around. X (8, 16, 24, 32) sts. [Toddler Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]
Rnd 13: *Knit X (X, 0, 1, 2), K2tog. Rep from * around. X (X, 8, 16, 24) sts. [Small Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]
Rnd 15: *Knit X (X, X, 0, 1), K2tog. Rep from * around. X (X, X, 8, 16) sts. [Medium Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]
Rnd 17: *Knit X (X, X, X, 0), K2tog. Rep from * around. X (X, X, X, 8) sts. [Large Size break yarn leaving a long tail and continue with FINISHING below.]
Thread end through rem sts and draw up tightly. Fasten securely. Weave in tails.
The following chart shows the Beehive Waffle stitch pattern in the round.
Needle Knit Beehive Beret Video Tutorials
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The following video tutorials show you how to knit the beehive waffle stitch in the round including how to find and fix mistakes.