I love making hats. I just do. My winter hat got a bit frayed this year, so I decided to make a new one for next year. I wanted it to be a little lighter, mostly because Portland winter is non-existent compared to Chicago death-snow. I made the hat in large, but because I used 100% cotton yarn, I wish I had gone down a size. It is just a bit loose. I gently steam blocked it to open up the stitches a bit, but may try cold blocking it to improve the shape. I really love the feel of this cotton, but I think I'd recommend using a less substantial yarn to show off the stitches more. They get a bit lost in the thickness. All in all, I'm happy with the outcome.
yarn: approx. 100 yards Blue Sky Cotton in #622 pumpkin
needles: size 8 circular, 16 inch
pattern: Beaufort by Angela Hahn
time: one evening watching Lost and a few hours the next morning