Hope you were wearing your seatbelt.
As mentioned in my original post, using Knit Picks Decadenceand smaller needles than suggested for a more firm fabric (US7s got me 4sts=1″), I CO8 (with a provisional CO) then – Kfb around, K around, *Kfb, K1* around, K around, *Kfb, K2* around, K around, etc., until Kfb, K20. Then continued to knit around even for a few inches.
Um. Next I ripped out those few inches of even knitting and started the “sides” of the beret again. There was just way too much fabric (44 inches in circumference – yikes!).
So, a more reasonable approach:CO8 provisionally Kfb around K around *Kfb, K1* around K around *Kfb, K2* around K around (continue as established, increasing 8 sts every other round) *Kfb, K20* around (176 sts) K *K2tog, K20* around (168 sts) K 2 rounds *K2tog, K19* (162 sts) k 2 rounds
blah, blah, until there are 112sts or 28 inches in circumference (I think…I’m not there yet).
Anyway, I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone playing along at home. Should have a finished pattern this weekend.
Cheers, and always wear a seatbelt.