Going to vote and getting an "I Voted!" sticker reminded me of a woman I used to work with. Whenever she'd vote, she'd wear her "I Voted!" sticker for at least two days. It could be that it was because she only wore black or white at any given time and she was just happening to repeat a black cashmere sweater or something, but my guess is she was far too picky to ever wear the same thing two days in a row. Come to think of it, she only allowed white flowers in her apartment, or so she said. She also claimed she had a third eye.
But that is beside the point, except to say I hope that what follows will be precise enough. I know I said I'd write out the beret pattern, but I am too busy to make a special pdf version with all the bells and whistles. So if I write out "sm" just know I mean "slip marker." Also, please know that when I write out "pm," I mean "place marker." I can't tell you how many emails I get from people asking me what those abbreviations mean. Sometimes I want to shout: "TRY GOOGLE!" but I don't have the guts. So there you go. Know what I mean when I say "sm" or "pm."
The Not Too-Too Beret
1 16-inch US Size 11 circular needle
1 set Size 11 double-point needles
1 ball Rowan Spray
6 stitch markers
The gauge is approximately 2.5 sts per inch
CO 44 sts. Pm for beginning of rnd, knowing what I mean about "pm." Work in 1x1 rib for 4 rnds. Next rnd, *k2, m1; rep from * around. (66 sts). Work in St st (knit all rnds) until beret measures 4.5" from CO edge to needles (if you have a big hairdo, work another half inch or so). Count sts and place 5 add'l markers evenly spaced so that there are 10 sts between each marker. Begin decreasing: *K2tog, work to 2 sts before next marker, ssk, sm (knowing what I mean by "sm"); rep from * to end. (54 sts remain). Continue decreasing 12 sts every other rnd, changing to double-points when needed, until you have 12 sts left (or just throw caution to the wind and if you have a few more or less, take a deep breath and forget about it. That's what I do), then K2tog around. You should have about 6 sts left, give or take. Leave a 10" tail and thread it through the remaining sts, pull tight and fasten down to the inside of the beret. The finished brim circumference is around 16" but it'll fit a medium sized female head. (My head measures about 21-22" at its widest circumference, but these berets sit lower, so no worries.)