I don't think about what makes a good starter project. I don't test the waters, I just jump in. Think of it this way...maybe your first hat won't be perfect. But the second one will! I love the hat too. Make what you love and you will keep trying until you've got it.
I've yet to do a fair isle project. I've got a plaid pattern that is a must knit for me. So, I'm jumping in...I'll have it figured out before the end of the project.
Remember: It's just knitting. There are no knitting police. Nobody will die if you misread a chart or purl when you should have knit. Yarn can be rescued, projects can be restarted, fit can be altered, all mistakes can be banished. All you have to do is unravel and try again.
Great hat! Me too, love to know where you found the pattern. :D
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"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open."
— Martha Graham