Gina, I went to my LYS tonite and the color IS Encore worsted #999. It's darker than what my hat picture looks like, too. IMO it's a really pretty dark burgundy color. Why don't you PM me your address and I'll send you the little scrap I have so you can see it first hand. I don't need it anymore. This is a big project and you want to buy the right yarn. It's only going to be the cost of a stamp so don't worry about it either.