This may have actually been my third hat... Well, I'm pretty sure it WAS my third hat, but I made these first few all around the same time, anyway.
I just started to really figure out stitches--for some reason, on my first piece, it didn't really dawn on me that, "WOAH, I can knit to the FRONT or the BACK, and get different looks by doing so?"
So with this one I wanted to play around with the textures of stockinette front-to-back, and the way alternating makes pieces puff out. Oh, and the vertical stripped band versus the horizontal striped body of the hat.
It's so simple, but I really, really love it. Though it KIND OF looks like a ribbed condom or something when it puffs out. Just sayin'. I think it kind of adds to the charm, though.
Knitted in-the-round with Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn in Cream, I think. And size 8 needles. You'll soon see how insanely in love with these needles I am.