I am so over this hat. :rollseyes:
Made it the "right" size this time, and though it technically fits, it doesn't come down over their heads enough. My boys just have big craniums, I guess. It also turns out that I really should've been knittting with a size 6 needle instead of size 7, as the Manos was not the exactly perfect substitution for the Mission Falls cotton that I thought it was. The gauge is slightly smaller, meaning on the size 7 needles the knit is a little looser than I'd like.
Not to mention that it was probably stupid for me to go with cotton for winter hats in Michigan anyway.
So I'm done with this for now. This pattern (which I've now done 4 times trying to get it just the way I want it - twice with i-cord, twice with stripe but too small) has taught me a lot about making hats and doing stripes, so for that I'm grateful. But I'm moving on. Once Mission Falls starts producing their cotton again, I may try it out for a baby hat, but for my boys I'm going to move on to wool. I'll save the Manos cotton (which I love) to make spring sweaters for them.
Now I'm moving on to my first mittens - also with stripes!