It's a Fair Isle Beret, if you didn't know. We've been having a lovely time together doing autumnal hat-like things, like riding Adelaide in the park and having afternoon tea.
I am really pleased how it turned out. The colors ended up working really well together and it was addictive to knit. Producing a new pattern row would just spur me on to knit another. I loved seeing all the different color combinations and patterns come together. The thing that was interesting, however, is the fact that you knit the beret flat and then seam it up. I don't love my seaming job, it is definitely a bit flawed. If I did this again, I would probably adjust the pattern to knit it in the round. I see no reason why it couldn't be.
The only thing that gives me pause is I might have erred on the side of making it too big. A little too floppy. But you know that's my own fault. Instead of knitting the body on size 3 needles like the pattern said, I knit it on 4s for two reasons: I didn't have a pair of 3s handy and I was worried it was going to be too small (it was hard to judge the real size from the pattern picture).
When I told Erin about my size issue, she asked me if I knit a swatch to test gauge. Funny thing, she knows full well that I hate knitting swatches and refuse to do so. (I just want to jump in and start the project!) It is kinda like when the dentist asks if you flossed everyday. You know that they know that you don't, but they are asking anyway just to make a point.
Despite the floppiness, I kinda sorta love it a lot.
Here are the all-important stats:
Pattern: Fair Isle Beret
Source: Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 2010
Ravelry Link: Here
Yarn: Hodgepodge of Classic Elite Yarn Fresco/Reynolds Soft Sea Wool/Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift (See Ravelry link for more details on which is which)
Made for: Me, of course!
Needle size: US 2/US 4 straight needles
Date started: October 5, 2010
Date completed: October 12, 2010
And we are off! In search of some cider, no doubt.