I had a plan, a good plan. I would use one of my favourite beanie hat patterns and make it for one of my friends. I got a yarn that seemed like the Cascade Eco-Cloud in a burgundy colour and I was off. Except that what seemed to be, was not. And the colour was lovely, the yarn was in fact like 'a thick or thin', and I thought it was going to snap throughout the whole knit - not the best knitting experience.
I made this version in Cascade Eco-Cloud
Yarn: Schachenmayr Aventica Supreme in colour 00035
Needles: Circular and DPNs 5.5mm
Modification: Added a pompom as the first time (tutorial here), and made it bigger as my friend as frizzy hair.
Result: It is amazing how much the yarn changes the look of a beanie. It is not making the most of the wide brim pattern but it does add interest to the body,
so not as bad as I thought, just different.