Yeah, the inside is always a bit ugly. You can turn it into a reversible-type hat where you pick up stitches around the edge (or at the top of any ribbing) and basically knitting another hat that fits inside the owl one.
Or just allow the recipient to appreciate the fact that you knit an owl hat as a gift!
"Trust the pattern!"
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog
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