I had every intention of blocking this, but then it briefly got quite cold, and this cozy hat was the first thing I grabbed. I wore it on my bicycle, I wore it while I worked, and then I stopped caring whether it was blocked. Maybe in the spring.
I’ve knit myself a lot of hats, but I can never seem to knit one that I like on my own head. But this one — I like it. I skipped the pom pom, because I’ve realized that, while I like poms, they make it harder to stuff hats in coat pockets and overstuffed bags. I also skipped the twisted rib, because I was feeling lazy and I had already done a non-twisted tubular cast on. (I actually think twisted rib looks a lot nicer than regular rib.)
Really, you don’t need a pattern to knit something like this, but knowing a number of stitches to cast on using which needles and what weight of yarn is useful. And I appreciate that Stephen West is giving this information out for free.