Hemlock Ridge Beret by Melissa Burke

Hemlock Ridge Beret

February 2014
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch, unblocked
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
105 - 110 yards (96 - 101 m)
Beret fits an adult head size of approx 21” - 23” (53 cm – 58 cm). Blocked beret circumference approximately 31” (79 cm).
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With a lace pattern inspired by the pine cones that adorn the boughs of our graceful evergreen trees, the Hemlock Ridge Beret will keep you warm and cozy on any midwinter stroll through a piney woods.

This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.


The Hemlock Ridge Beret is knit in the round from the bottom up.


  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Knit in the round
  • Cable cast on
  • Increase and decrease stitches - yo, k2tog, ssk, sl 1 k2tog psso
  • Twisted stitches - Ktbl


The pattern is charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern.

Blocking is especially essential for a successful finished project with this pattern. The lace will really open up when blocked and the finished circumference/dimensions will be significantly larger than before blocking.


A bulky weight yarn with good stitch definition and little to no halo is recommended. Slight tonals will work, but variegated yarn will distract from the lace pattern.

I see that a few projects have come out a bit large for knitters, so I hope this additional note will help:

Although classified as bulky, DIC Groovy is actually on the lighter side of bulky, so if your selected “bulky” yarn is of the heftier variety, you may want to consider dropping in needle size and carefully checking your gauge (BOTH st and row) so that your hat does not come out too large. If the resultant fabric is then too rigid, I suggest looking for a slightly lighter weight “bulky” yarn choice. You may be surprised at the variation in thickness between various yarns classified as a certain weight - there is lots!


You will also need:
Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
Stitch marker