I am one of those people who is unsure of the whole hat thing (though I do love a baseball cap on sunny days--I am nothing if not practical). I never know what to do with them, to be honest. My head is really large and my hair, if I bother to make it look presentable, prefers to be left uncovered. If I try and cover it with, for instance, a hat, the resulting reaction is either hat-head or some unfortunate frizziness that most would label "a bad hair day." That being said, I thought it would be fun to knit a beret.
Also, I just like saying the word "beret," and said it repeatedly while knitting my little project--to anyone who would listen, really. "Oh what am I knitting? It's a beret. From the "Beret Gaufre" pattern. It's a pretty easy beret to knit..." and so on and so forth. The reasons I picked Véronik Avery's Beret Gaufre pattern were threefold: it was free, the circumference looked like it would accomodate my large noggin; and, the fabric looked good.
I think the beret is great. I just don't like it on me. I have no idea how to wear it.
If worn the wrong way, one could look like a Guevaran revolutionary reject (viva!). I do not thing Che would approve of the suburban revolutionary vibe I have going on here.
I will keep the beret around since it might come in handy on a weekend during the winter when I am shoveling snow; but, in general, it won't get a lot of wear, if we are being honest here. Oh, well. Notes in the gallery and on ravelry.