A lacy beret

One of the first knitted gifts I ever made was a lace scarf for my mum. She loved it and wore it many times over that winter and requested a hat to match. Sadly, within a couple of months of her request we found out she had pancreatic cancer and she died aged 59, just two weeks later.

I am dedicating this pattern in her memory and to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK in the hope that one day a cure can be found for this terrible disease. Pancreatic cancer survival rates are one of the worst in the world. Please consider making a donation on my just giving page to Pancreatic Cancer UK for this pattern. https://www.justgiving.com/Dianthuspattern


To fit newborn (baby (6 months), toddler (12 months), child or teenager, adult, large adult)

To fit head circumference 35.5 (40.5, 45.5, 50.5, 56, 61) cm

To fit head circumference 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24) inches

Designed to fit with 5 cm (2 in) negative ease around the head at the brim.

Sample modelled in size Adult (Nightfall) and Toddler (Cream).


Aran weight yarn.

Artesano Aran: 50% alpaca, 50% wool, 132 m (144 yds) in 100g, colour way Nightfall (adult)

West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran: 75% wool, 25% nylon, 200 m (219 yds) in 100g, colour way cream (toddler)

50 (65, 80, 100, 125, 150) m

55 (70, 90, 110, 135, 165) yards

Needles & Notions:

4.5mm and 5.5mm (US 7 and 9) needles for small diameter circular knitting

1 stitch marker


14 sts x 20 rows in 10 cm x 10 cm (4 in x 4 in) measured over k2, p2 rib

14 sts x 24 rows in 10 cm x 10 cm (4 in x 4 in) measured over Lace pattern

Skills required:

Casting on

Knit and purl stitches

Increasing and decreasing

Knitting in the round.

Pattern information:

Originally published November 2011, updated November 2015.

Current version: Dianthus_v3.0.pdf

PDF file size: 720kb

 Blog post with more information can be found here and here

Model: Sarah Alderson and Jellica Warrington

Tech editor: Gwen Wagner-Adair


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