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Whirlwind Romance Beret

Hi Crocheters,

Got something for you!

It’s a ♥ free ♥ pattern for my crocheted French beret, Whirlwind Romance.

Ooh la la!


The Whirlwind Romance Beret is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down in a full-bodied lace–hang on–

I just said ‘full-bodied lace.’

If you make it, I think you’ll know what I mean.


It’s edged with post-stitch ribbing worked on a smaller hook that makes a tidy brim.


You may not know this about me, but I like tidy! I like it very, very much.

The pattern is offered in a single size to fit heads 20-22″ (teen – medium adult), but you can make larger or smaller sizes by following the tips in the pattern notes.

You can whip it up as quickly as a whirlwind romance!

Which is an actual, measurable amount of time.




Imagine wearing it as you stroll down a Parisian boulevard [say it with me: “bool-vahhhhr.”]

There’s a fresh baguette under your arm,

and a twinkle in your eye,

when you look up and spy the love of your life…♥ ♥ ♥




You can also wear it to the grocery store to cover your dark roots like I do.

And I don’t eat wheat so there goes my baguette,

but it was a nice story.

Here’s the pattern!





Intermediate crochet skills, including chain (ch), slip st (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), front post half double crochet (FPhdc), back post half double crochet (BPhdc), and increasing


Sized to fit ladies’ head circumference: 20-22”



Sample A:

Omega Sinfonia, 100% cotton (3.53oz/100g, 218yds/199m skein); #837 Dark Magenta: 1 skein [See Pattern Notes]


Sample B:



Size J-10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook, or size required to obtain desired gauge for hat body

Size G-6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook, or size required to obtain desired gauge for post-stitch ribbing



X shells and X rounds = X in/cm in circumference



Locking stitch marker

Yarn needle



Note that all crochet terminology and abbreviations reflect American crochet terminology.


BPhdc – back post half double crochet

ch – chain

ch-sp – chain space

cm – centimeters

dc – double crochet

FPhdc – front post half double crochet

g – grams

hk – hook

in – inch(es)

oz – ounce(s)

rem – remain(ing)

sc – single crochet

sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)

st(s) – stitch(es)

yd(s) – yard(s)




Extended Turning Loop (ETL) – See Pattern Notes for instructions

Graduated Shell (GS) – Worked as ( 1 sc, 2 dc) in designated location

Graduated Shell Single Crochet (GSSC) – denotes the single crochet stitch within a Graduated Shell



  • Extended Turning Loop (ETL) – Instead of the conventional turning chain, you will simply pull up a loop to reach as high as the stitch you are about to work. In this case, an hdc or FPhdc/BPhdc. Do not yo & pull through, simply work the first stitch as normal. The ETL does not count as a stitch, it squeezes in next to the first stitch and virtually disappears.




With larger hook, make an adjustable ring.


Foundation Ring: Ch 1, work 15 sc into the ring, sl st to join rnd. Pull the ring tight to close.


Rnd 1: Ch 1, *work 1 GS into next sc, skip next 2 sc; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…5 shells made.


Rnd 2: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…10 shells.


Rnd 3: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC, work 1 GS into next GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…15 shells.


Rnd 4: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC, work 1 GS into next 2 GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…20 shells.


Rnd 5: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC, work 1 GS into next 3 GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…25 shells.


Rnd 6: Ch 1, *work 2 GS into next GSSC,work  1 GS into next 4 GSSC; rep from * around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join…30 shells.


Rnds 7-15: Ch 1, work 1 GS into each GSSC around, sl st to 1st GSSC to join.


Rnd 16: With smaller hook, ETL (does not count as hdc), work 1 hdc in same st and each st around, sl st to 1st hdc to join…90 hdc.


Rnds 17-24: Work 1 ETL,* work 1 FPhdc in next st, work 1 BPhdc in next st; rep from * around, sl st to 1st FPhdc to join.


Break yarn and fasten off leaving a 6in/15cm tail. Steam block the hat body lightly to enhance the stitch pattern.


Thanks for visiting me today. If you enjoy using this pattern, please share with others, meet up with me on social media, or let me know in the comments!

♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.

Sara Kay


10 thoughts on “Whirlwind Romance Beret

  1. Beautiful pattern! What weight is the yarn? I have some yarn I’m eager to use, but it is super-bulky… A “5” weight by current yarn labeling… Thanks! 🙂

  2. One looks like a snug beanie and one looks like a loose beret – is there is difference in how you made the two look please?

    1. The blue beret was made with a DK weight yarn, and the purple was made with a sport weight, so the fabric gauges give a different amount of slouch. 🙂

  3. Love the stitch pattern for this hat, but I’ve come to the ribbing and … I do have 90 stitches and it is huge. I even went down a hook size to an F , should there have been a decrease in row 16? Do you know what the circumference at the ribbing should be?

    1. Hi Alida, The hat will gather in to form the stretchy ribbing once you complete the next rows of post-stitch ribbing. No, there is no decrease in Row 16. Thanks for your question!

  4. Mines is just not getting snug at the post stitch…I’m on row 3 should I just keep going and see how it turns out??

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