If you are going to jump into the north Atlantic ocean on New Year's Day, at the very least wear a warm hat.
It's the Jacques Cousteau hat. A free pattern, oui!
I lack bright orange yarn, but it did take the exact amount that was leftover from my Eastlake sweater, which was a full skein and a half. I looove not having leftover yarn from a sweater, and I'm really forcing myself to use up all the odds and ends that I keep accumulating from all this sweater knitting.
The ribbing went on pretty much forever. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm still knitting the ribbing on this hat even though it's completed.
It's simple and classy and not too fussy. The fact that it's made from a merino/silk blend means it's supersoft and warm as well.
I made the woman's size and it still came out a wee bit big. This isn't exactly a pin-headed man either. I mean, it fits, but it's not cozy-tight around your ears, which is something that is nice in a winter hat. Ah well. Here's to guessing at gauge, and failing just a little bit. I used US size 3 needles, and about 180 yards of Berocco Inca Gold in the Verde Oliva colorway.