Opinions on this Chunky Beret pattern

I would really like to knit a hat to go with the sweater I’m knitting (and to use the leftover yarn). However, I’m not finding too many hat patterns that call for the super bulky yarn that my sweater is knit in (I’m using Cascade Magnum).

I did find this free pattern on knitlist and while its old (1995) and I’m generally skeptical of free patterns until I know enough to spot any errors, I was wondering how it would knit up.

It looks like a simple stockinette cap knit in the round with ribbing. The pattern doesn’t specify the type of ribbing (1x1 or 2x2) and I’m almost positive this following line is missing an asterisk or two:

Begin to decrease by *k10, k2tog, knit plain row, in the next row
k9,k2tog, continue decreasing in this manner every other row til around 8 or ten stitches remain on the dps you’re now using.

I didn’t think a row would end with a k2tog decrease but with 10 stitches between the decreases it may just end like that.

So, what do you all think? Is this a good pattern to knit a beret from? I don’t necessarily need a free pattern per se but I would like to see the pattern before I buy it.

I think it means on the first decrease row k10, k2tog, knit to end of row. next row, k9, k2tog, knit to end. in other words, leave one less stitchbetween each decrease ,–row 3 would be k8,k2tog.knit to end, row 4 would be k7,k 2 tog, knit to end etc. hope this makes sense. linknit41

oops. i just read the pattern and noticed that there is a row of plain knit between the decrease rows. but still you would have fewer stitches at the decrease-see previous note. hope i haven’t totally confused you! linknit41

For the decreases, it’s assuming you have a multiple of 12 sts, and the first row is k10, k2tog, repeating that all the way around, so you do end with k2tog. Then knit a plain round and k9, k2tog all around. Every other round you knit one less st between the decs. This is almost how every hat pattern is written.

Thanks Sue and linknit. That makes sense. I guess the weaving in the ends is the Kitchener stitch? I have the instructions for that in one of my books.

What kind of ribbing do you think will be best? I’m thinking the 2x2 will be stretchier than the 1x1.

Yes 2x2 is stretchier.