I did it! I knitted in the round and used a second color of yarn to make a stripe, thanks to the patient and generous help of my lovely friend Libellula.
This project should turn into the the Gryffindor Beret shown blow, which is for the Charmed Knits charity knit-along. All of the knit-along hats will be sent to Warm Woolies a charity that donates warm knitted items to poverty-stricken children.
I hope to complete this beret soon so I can make a beanie in the Hufflepuff House colors. Maybe I should read the Harry Potter books so I understand who or what Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs are.