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Heart Vines Hat ~ A Free Knitting Pattern

heart vines hat

Swatching through Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury one day, I was struck by the subtle heart shape inherent in the un-blocked vine stripe pattern and instantly began to think about a special way to use it. To me, one of the most exciting moments in knitting is when your imagination goes wild with ideas and your hands can only follow one stitch at a time. Heart Vines reminds me that good knitting—like good living—needs imagination and heart.

Knit in the round from the bottom up, this lace beret is a simple instant-gratification knit! If you’ve ever struggled with lace, the easy-to-follow pattern will help you break through the barrier. There’s a bonus lace chart at the bottom made by a wonderful reader!



Skills Used
Knitting in the round
Increasing & decreasing
Binding off
Using double-pointed needles


One-Size: to fit the average adult head up to 24″

Finished Measurements
Height: 8 inches
Brim circumference, unstretched: 15 inches (38 cm)
Will comfortably fit head up to 24 inches (61 cm)

Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool Fiber: 55% bamboo, 45% wool; 87 yd/80 m per 50 g ball Color: Twilight; #3845 2 balls

Use Worsted Weight yarn for substitutions.

1 16-inch US #8/5mm circular needle
1 16-inch US #9/5.5mm circular needle
1 set US #8/5mm double-pointed needles

stitch marker
yarn needle

16 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool
16 sts/22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, Patons Angora Bamboo (discontinued)

Hat Brim
Using larger circular needle, CO 76 sts. Do not join. Slip cast-on sts to smaller circular needle. Pm and join for working in the round. Round 1: *Knit 2, purl 2; rep from * around, slipping marker as you come to it. Repeat Round 1, 8 times more.

Hat Body
Change to larger circular needle. Increase Round: *K2, m1, k3, m1; rep from * around to last 3 sts, k3…105 sts.

Begin lace pattern (see chart for assistance):
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: * K3, (yo, k1) twice, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: * (K3, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 5: Knit.
Round 6: * K3, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl 1 – k2tog – psso, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 7: Knit.
Round 8: *K1, ssk, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k3, p2; rep from * around.
Round 9: Knit.
Round 10: *K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 (yo, k3) twice, p2; rep from * around.
Round 11: Knit.
Round 12: *K1, k3tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3, p2; rep from * around.

Rep rounds 1-12 twice more.

Crown Decreases
Note: Switch to double-pointed needles when you have too few sts to fit around the circular needle.

Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1…53 sts.
Rep rounds 1-2 twice more…14sts.
Round 3: *K2tog; rep from * around…7 sts.
Round 4: Knit.

Break yarn, leaving a 6-inch (15 cm) tail. Thread yarn through remaining live sts and pull tight to close up center. Weave in yarn ends. Block lightly if desired. Gentle steam blocking over a dinner plate will enhance beret’s slouchiness!

CO – cast on k – knit p – purl rep – repeat Sl – slip yo – yarn over
ssk – slip, slip, knit k2tog – knit 2 together K3tog – knit 3 together psso – pass slipped stitch over pm – place marker


Heart Vines Chart

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3 thoughts on “Heart Vines Hat ~ A Free Knitting Pattern

    1. Believe it or not, it’s not a cable! Just a raised ridge texture from knit and purl with lace pattern! 😀

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