This is a great and easy beret. I've been dying for one and I've made this twice, the first time was too heavy a yarn. It took me just over 3 hours for this one in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick 'n Quick. In hindsight I would take it off the needle before the author recommends, I got that poochy look in the back, but mostly removed after blocking. I still love it.
BTW, that's Peanut with me and he's a rescue from PETFINDER.COM!