The pattern is Peaches by Kim Hargreaves and is in the book entitled Breeze.
The beret took less than 3 hours to make and used just over one 50g ball of DK yarn. It's actually inside-out because I liked the reverse of the fabric better - it shows up the bobbles much clearer.
It was a great pattern to do and I'd like to do this one again in a variety of different colours. It's very easy to wear and now that my hair is getting longer I'm starting to wear hats more (anything to keep out the cold!).
As far as my other crochet project is concerned, the crocheted cropped cardi, I'm afraid it's bitten the dust. I couldn't get the sizing right - I actually almost completed it twice. I love the idea of making a crochet cardi or top but I don't think they look as good as knitted garments. I think I should leave the crocheting for hats, toys and novelties - and concentrate on knitting for wearables.
The yarn that was going to be the crocheted cropped cardi is now already being reused to make a KNITTED cropped cardi. The pattern is called Marigold. It's from one of the Rowan magazines and designed by Marie Wallin. Pictures will follow at a later date when I've made more progress.