Finally finished more than three months after I started it! Stalled for months because I could not believe I was supposed to sew on a brim with a length equal to a quarter of the beret circumference. But sewing on the brim turned out to be surprisingly easy.
This is by far the largest hook size I have ever used. (Largest I’d used before was H.) Seriously, K is ginormous! I’m lucky I even had one.
The yarn is absolutely gorgeous. There are four different textures: three kinds of black (sparkly, curly, silky) and a varied-thickness colored texture. Very exciting for my first time buying fancy yarn!
Unfortunately, the yarn has ridiculously uneven coloring (or really, is falsely advertised): I was expecting from the photos on the pattern and Red Heart’s website that the yarn would be striped in black and shades of purple. I thought the ball of yarn I bought was black and purple, but the inside was actually brown and red instead of purple. Figuring out how on earth to color my beret was incredibly frustrating! I may have pulled apart the entire skein and rewound it. And re-crocheted most of the beret a couple of times. And eventually gave up on trying to get purple stripes.
All in all, this beret is rather a disappointment. The colors are not what I was hoping for, and turns out I don’t look so great in berets (at least not with my current haircut).