Here is another hat I made for Cap Karma. This will go to a local cancer patient.
This is a lavender/purple hat. I love how stretchy this cable pattern is. It makes it very forgiving so that it can fit a number of different head sizes. This hat pattern seems to be a popular one, over 150 of these hats have been made by Ravelry members. The only change I made in this lavender version is that I changed S2TKP in decrease row 4 to SK2TP. I haven't decided which I prefer. Same shiskabob, different texture, I suppose. (I left the S2TKP as is in decrease rows 5 & 6).
There are different ways to change the finished size of this hat or to compensate for differences in yarn/needles/tension. For example:
-- Casting on more/less stitches in multiples of 24.
-- Choosing a needle size appropriate to the yarn you are using, +/- a size.
-- Working the K2P2 ribbing for more rounds.
-- Adding an extra repeat of the Lower Half Cable Pattern and/or the Upper Half Cable Pattern.
I should try knitting this pattern using some lighter weight (sport?) yarn to see how it comes out.