I saw this pattern for an unusual beret :
And I was thinking of trying to make it, although I would need to adapt the pattern for the yarn I want to use (Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, aran weight).
So anyway, looking at the pattern, right after the ribbing at the brim, you do an increase round, then knit 2 rounds.
Then there is a whole bunch of short row shaping...
Then you start the decreases right after that, and decrease pretty rapidly.
I am not too sure what the short row shaping is for.
Part of the reason I like the pattern is because of the purl ridges between the ribbing and the pinwheel crown decreases. But, it looks like those are produced by the short rows somehow.
I am not too sure how to reproduce this thing with the yarn I want to use, or if I could do something simpler than the short row shaping they use and achieve the same look. I am not too great at short rows, or wrapping stitches.
Anyone know what the short rows are for, or have any ideas on how I can adapt this pattern for a heavier weight yarn?