At last - I knitted a hat for ME!
This is the Ruche Beret by Susan B. Anderson from Weekend Hats.
The pattern calls for DK weight alpaca / merino and I just happened to have 50g of Jamie Harmon handspun naturally-dyed angora / wool mix in the stash. It was a present from CeCe in New York - thank you again Cecelia! It is actually a searingly bright shade of coral. My camera couldn't cope!
This yarn was a pretty good substitute, though I went down a few needle sizes to 3.75mm (from 4.5mm) to get a closer gauge. As a result, my hat is quite a snug fit, and more of a cloche than a beret.
FL took one look at me and said "Straight out of the 1930's!" which I take as a compliment ; )
It was a very quick and easy knit - mostly plain knitting in the round.
When I finished I was a bit "meh" about its plain-ness and fiddled around with buttons and bows, trying to find the perfect embellishment. In the end, I opted to pin on a faux-vintage brooch from Joules. I reckon it adds to the Charleston vibe!
A definite Keeper!