Taylor Swift Inspired Diamond Slouchy Beret

The pattern is for sale for $4.00 (USD) on Ravelry.com
The pattern is also for sale for $4.20 (USD) on Etsy.com

Last winter, during a family visit, my eldest sister gushed about her love for Taylor Swift. Not much of a country music fan, I knew I had heard some of her music, but didn’t know much about who she was until just recently. While watching an E! True Hollywood Story about Taylor Swift I felt a connection with both her music, as well as herself—one of the reasons why she is so popular.

I also noticed a red beret that she was wearing, during a visit to London. I loved the hat, and I now love her music, it is my guilty pleasure. So, to honor the inspiration she has provided me with, I created a knitting pattern for the hat.

Her Beret looks very slouchy, almost over-sized, so that is how I created this pattern. I have included two sizes, but if you are worried about it being too big, I recommend working the smaller size, as it is easier to stretch the ribbing. Since it is done from the bottom up, you can also work the ribbing, and test it, to see if it is going to fit well, without having to go too far into the pattern.

I originally made the pattern free, however, upon discovering that others were taking the pattern, making and selling item after item for a nice profit, sadly, without a credit or a donation, I have decided to request a very small fee for my pattern work, so that I can continue to come up with new ideas and patterns.

The pattern is for sale for $2.00 (USD) on Ravelry.com
The pattern is also for sale for $2.00 (USD) on Etsy.com

If any Errata are found, or thoughts about the pattern come up, I would love to hear them. Please feel free to respond on my blog, on Ravelry.com (user: projecthallway) or send me an email at projecthallway AT gmail.com.


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I have also added the second hat I made using this pattern to my 12in11 list.

The pattern is for sale for $4.00 (USD) on Ravelry.com
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©2011 Julie Grantz. All Rights Reserved.
Please respect copyright law and Do Not Reproduce in any form. Duplication & distribution of this pattern in any form without express permission of the author is a violation of copyright law: You may not make multiple copies of this pattern, reformat it for commercial use or resale, or sell items made from this pattern. Your respect for coypright law allows me to keep bringing you new and interesting designs. Write with feedback or errata at: projecthallway AT gmail DOT com


13 thoughts on “Taylor Swift Inspired Diamond Slouchy Beret

  1. Wow, this is great. I was just admiring the picture of the hat in your Ravatar, then I looked at your blog, and here’s the pattern! Many thanks — this one’s going in my queue and will be cast on soon.

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  5. Hi – love the pattern, but had a quick question. At the beginning and end of rows 1 and 5, the chart says to knit, and the written directions say purl. Which is it? Many thanks! I’m looking forward to making this.

  6. Hi- This hat is adorable. I crochet but I’d like to give knitting a try. Is this something that I could try for a first knitting attempt or is it too advanced?

    • Hi there. So, I always want people to have fun knitting, because it is supposed to be fun. I think your question is a great one, because I consider the pattern to be fairly easy, but I would strongly suggest that you cut your teeth on a few slightly more simple knitting projects to begin with. Perhaps some things with garder stitch, and stockinette stitch, because I wouldn’t want you to get frustrated with the project. Since you already know how to crochet, maybe a quick knit baby item or two would be a good warm up. To help you better gauge the level of complexity with this project you should know how to:
      Work in the round
      Cast On (using long tail method) A nice tutorial: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on
      Make 1 (stitch) Increase
      Purl 2 Together – Decrease
      Knit 2 Together – Decrease
      And follow cable instructions

      I have had a few folks say this was their first cable-knit pattern, and they had great success.

      I hope this helps give you a better sense of the project. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions 🙂

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  8. Hello, I saw and purchased this pattern through Ravelry. I am a fairly new knitter, so please pardon me if these is are stupid questions.
    In row G of the hem, the pattern says to Make 1. When I look up how to do that, it seems there are a couple of ways to M1, depending on where I look for info. Which kind do you mean: the kind which is a loop over the needle, or the kind where I lift up from the previous row?
    Also, just checking to be sure, row I in Hem directions say to “repeat previous row 1 more time.” Do you mean, repeat row H, or the row previous to that? I’m sure it’s perfectly clear to most people, and probably doesn’t even matter that much. I’m overthinking this, aren’t I?
    sign me,
    Not confident.
    Thanks very much!

    • Hi there,

      Good questions! 🙂

      First, when you M1 (make one), I left it open ended. Some more advanced knitters can figure out how to M1 so that the stitch is a knit or a purl stitch, but to be honest, with this pattern, I really don’t think it makes much difference. I prefer to M1 by knitting front to back (kf/b), which means you knit once into the front of the loop, and then before pulling the stitch off, you knit again into the back of the loop. This is also called a bar increase, and I like this one because the increase doesn’t cause a hole, or gap in the work.

      Secondly, “I. Repeat previous row 1 more time.” Yes! Just repeat row H one more time.

      You are not over thinking things! Knitting patterns are all written differently, because every author sees things a little differently.

      I am going to email this to your personal email, as well. I do hope that is OK, I just want to try to make sure you get the response.

  9. Hello, I am creeping along with your pattern, and enjoying it very much. Learning a lot! Two questions, again (I save them up to save you time). First, there seems to be a discrepancy between the written directions and the chart for rows 10 and 12. The chart seems to be correct for row 10, I haven’t figured out which to use for row 12, because I am stuck on row 11! Which leads to my second question: Do I slip two stitches from the previous bit every time I start the pattern repeat, or only at the beginning of the row? I will keep pondering it on my own. It’s a good way to fall asleep at night, doing math problems in my head.
    Thank you very much in advance.

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