Well, I finished the hat. The pattern is by Sheila MacDonald. I was inspired to try this by Kathryn whom I 'met' over on Revelry. It is really easy to follow and takes just two skeins of yarn. I did it with some mixed flava DK weight (70/30% acrylic). Now that I know I can't screw this up, I'll try it with the 'good stuff'.
It could have been a wee bit looser.