Moss stitch beret

I love this hat. It’s just so scrunchy and comfy and warm. Moss stitch, unlike a rib, is created by alternating knits and purls to create this checkerboard pattern. I’ve written this pattern up as easy as possible, however when it comes to the decreases use your own judgement for the even rows in order to work out which stitches you should be using.

For this pattern you will need:

7mm needles. About 150 yard of any chunky wool in any colour you’d like. Yarn needle.


  • CO = cast on.
  • K = knit.
  • P = purl.
  • k2tog = knit two stitches together.
  • p2tog = purl two stitches together.
  • ** = repeat between.
  • Kfb = knit through front and back of same stitch.

CO 80 stitches using 7mm needles [After some feedback, this hat is sometimes coming out a bit too big, if so cast on 72 stitches, to make it smaller.]

Row 1-6: *K2, P2* repeat to end

(Increase row) Row 7: *K1, P1, Kfb* end up with 106 stitches

Row 8*K1, P1*

Row 9: *P1, K1,*

Repeat rows 8 & 9 until the entire  piece measures 7 inches.

(Decrease rows) Row 1: K1, *P2tog, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, p2tog* After some comments, you may need to do the opposite of this row to make it work in moss stitch. 

Row 2 (and all other even rows): as rows 8 or 9

Row 3: K1, *p2tog, k1, p1, k2tog, p1, k1*

Row 5: K1, *p2tog, p1, k2tog, k1*

Row 7: k2tog across

Row 8: p2tog across.

Cut a long tail and thread onto yarn needle, then thread through remaining stitches, remove needle and pull as tight as possible. Sew side seam. Weave in all ends.

Let me know if you use this pattern! Love to know what you think and if there’s anything that needs changing/improving.


One Response to “Moss stitch beret”

  1. Denise von Poser January 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    you are a true…artist! Thank you for the beautiful pattern!
    Love and Light,

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