I bought some lovely alpaca/acrylic blend yarn last year. It is produced by Alpaca Select in Coventry and the shade and softness made it jump into my basket the first time I saw it.
I like the appearance of the garter stitch band, but I worry that it may lose elasticity over time. Though it will succeed in keeping the ears warm.
I really love how the decreases work on this pattern. The crown becomes a feature that can be shown off, rather than something that is a necessary evil. The slouch on this hat allowed me to tie up my hair and have it fit inside the slouch. I think it would look equally good with short hair or with hair down.
I've wanted to knit a Woolly Wormhead design for a long time. I love her interesting and quirky designs and I've admired other people's finished projects. I'm pleased that I chose this hat as the first project of hers that I did. I will definitely be knitting more. In fact I may even try this pattern in a different yarn in the future. I think it would work in a straight forward 100% wool very nicely and it would show off the pattern even more clearly than my alpaca mix yarn.
I would like to keep this hat, as it would go beautifully with my Purple Travelling Woman shawl, but alas, it is destined for the Christmas 2010 gift pile. Ah well I'm sure it will be gratefully received.