Armley beret - knitting pattern

A decorative ribbed band feeds into structured cables, creating a striking visual effect. The pattern is worked in the round and bottom up, and features 4 sizes.

Sample shown in BabyLongLegs Mesmerino DK [230yd/210m per 115g; 100% Merino]; shown in size 22in/56cm on model with 21.5in/54.5cm circumference head.

Skills required: knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, specialist cast-on, cables, pompoms.


  • written & charted instructions
  • illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable cast-on for 1x1 & 2x2 rib
  • pompom schematic
  • Sizes to fit 16 [17.5, 19, 20.5, 22] in/40.75 [44.5, 48.25, 52, 56] cm (finished size 14 [15.25, 16.75, 18, 19.5] in/35.5 [38.75, 42.5, 45.75, 49.5] cm)
  • pattern in metric and imperial measurements

Materials you need at home:

  • 125 [155, 184, 221, 254] yd/115 [142, 169, 202, 233] m DK weight, plied yarn (gauge 21 sts x 30 rows to 4in/10cm over St.St.; 23 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm over 2x2 Twisted Rib, lightly stretched)
  • 51yd/46m yarn for the pompom (optional)
  • 38yd/35m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.
  • Set 3.75mm/UK9/US5 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker as necessary
  • Tapestry needle
  • Cable needle
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