I finished my Knit for Victory project – the brambles beret! I loved the pattern, it’s just the right level of interest without requiring *that* much concentration. The yarn was probably not the ideal choice, if I made this again I would pick a single colour so you can see the lovely cabling detail better. The multicolouredness also means that it really doesn’t look 1940s in the the slightest.
The one thing that didn’t go so well is the making it actually look like a beret. I made the medium length which is blocked over a plate, but I didn’t have anything that was quite the right size for what I wanted. For my first attempt I used a saucepan lid that was slightly too small so it basically didn’t end up looking like a beret at all. Then I blocked it again, over a plate which I had originally thought was too big, but was probably fine actually. Except that with blocking it twice, it had really stretched out and wasn’t holding its shape any more, so it still looks more like a slouchy hat than the lovely proper beret in the official photos. That being said, almost all the examples on ravelry that are shown on a person look equally slouchy/like a normal hat (though some may be the shortest length, which is meant to look like a hat), so I’m not sure how the designer got it to hold a nice beret shape. Possibly going down a needle size would do the trick?
Anyway, I do really like it and it’s my new every day hat!