I am not someone that the general population would consider "cool". I've known this for quite sometime in my life, and am pretty comfortable with it. In fact, I embraced my geekiness years ago, and accepted that in the sitcom of life, I might get to be the fringe friend who shows up once in a great while. But now, I've knit this hat, and I've seen hats like it in stores everywhere, and I'm pretty sure that wearing this hat ups my cool quotient considerably. (Of course, since I was taking the pictures myself, and I'm not very good at it, these phots probably diminish that quotient a tad - but I don't care.)
The pattern is here, and I used Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky, which was like knitting with butter. Wearing this hat keeps my head warm, makes me look stylish, and could convince people who don't know me that I go out on Friday nights to hip places with fabulous people. And if you substitue hip place for my living room and fabulous people with entertaining children and a loving husband, they'd be right!