Jessica, I didn't realize that hat was worked on straight needles! That's the nicest basic beginner hat I've seen. I'm going to put a link to the pattern on the pattern page. Thanks!
Connied, I agree with these suggestions. Also, if you are feeling a bit daring to learn an intermediate skill, being able to knit in the round on Double Pointed Needles is a great skill, and will open up a ton of possibilities to you, including the rest of the hats on the free hat patterns page.