I finished another hat this weekend to add to the gift basket! This is the Irish Hiking Hat by Jo Blackhorse. I thought the this pattern would look great in a nice sturdy tweed. I found Harrisville Tweed at my LYS and chose this nice chocolate brown. As it turns out Harrisville Designs is a local NH company, so I also was pretty pleased to be able to shop local, on Small Business Saturday even!
I think that this pattern was more of a guide than an actual pattern and it had several small mistakes. I certainly have knit enough that I was able to navigate my way through though.
It was suggested to knit the body of the hat somewhere between 5.5-7". I stopped just shy of 6". It fits my 15 year old son pretty well, but it's a little short for my husband. One more cable repeat would have been better for him.