Fortesse Beret by Tasha Moss

Fortesse Beret

November 2022
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
175 - 190 yards (160 - 174 m)
Small/Medium, Medium/Large
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The Fortesse beret is a fun and relatively quick knit in worsted weight, with a bit of texture to keep things interesting.

It features a broken rib stitch brim and coordinating garter stitch stripe pattern up through the crown.

Opt to keep the eyelet round above the brim as purely decorative, or weave in a garter stitch trim—just perfect for a little pop of contrasting color, too!

You’ll love this beret as a companion to the Fortesse pullover. Knit one to match!


Two sizes, adult Small/Medium and Medium/Large. Noted throughout as Size 1 (Size 2).

Size 1 will stretch to fit head circumferences up to approx. 22.5” / 57cm. Also suitable for those who prefer a tighter brim.
-Brim circumference: 17.25” / 44cm
-Body of hat circumference: 26.75” / 68cm

Size 2 will stretch to fit head circumferences up to approx. 24” / 61cm. Also suitable for those who prefer a looser brim.
-Brim circumference: 20” / 51cm
-Body of hat circumference: 28.5” / 72.5cm

Shown in Size 1 on 22.25” / 56.5cm head.

Yarn requirements

175 (195)yds / 160 (180)m worsted weight

If knitting a contrast color garter stitch trim, about 10 – 15 yds / m will be needed.

Recommended yarn

2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Tones (140yds / 128m per 1.75oz / 50g skein)


18 sts / 28 rnds = 4” / 10cm in garter st stripe Stitch Pattern using 4mm (US 6) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Techniques needed

Cast on, icord (explained in pattern), knit, purl, basic increases and decreases, changing needles for smaller diameter crown decrease section as needed.

Hat is worked bottom up from the brim to the crown.

Professionally tech edited by Kephren Knitting Studio.

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Knit the companion Fortesse pullover pattern, and make the perfect vintage-inspired matched set!

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