I love all the big pompoms around at the moment, and I thought a contrasting colour would be good.
It was between grey and burgundy.... I went for grey.
I've only ever done a basic, one twist, kind of cable stitch before. So I enjoyed this different style, a bit of a challenge for me. It's an aran yarn though, on 5mm needles so it didn't take too long at all, a couple of evenings really! It's so cosy, it's amazing how much warmer you are with a hat on. I like the style, as you can fold up the ribbing for a tighter fit, or have it unfolded for a slouchy hat.
It does need blocking after knitting (at least mine did) otherwise it can be a bit tight. Here's the finished hat:
Keeping me warm....
The pattern is easy to follow and I love the hat. I've been wearing it every day!