I'm a beginner and before this, have knitted a scarf. That's it. I taught myself to knit from the internet and a book my mom got, and any mistakes were helped with here So I decided to tackle this beret for my best friends birthday and finished it JUST in time.
It was surprisingly easy for me being a beginner. I did buy the wrong wool, so at first it was too small, and I had to rip it out. Then the pattern was doubled and it's now too big. Also, when the pattern was doubled there was a row of purling that should have been knitting, causing a line to show in the finished hat. Next time I do it, I'll be aware of that and fix it!
Anyway, I'll probably show this to my friend and tell her that I will makeher a better one, it will just be late haha. And i love how soft it is!!