It was fun to make, I used a very easy and simple pattern that is modifiable with stitch designs of your choice. I made some modifications to the pattern, as it is for a 9 month old baby and I wanted it to fit a 30 year old (almost!) woman. Yes, the intended recipient does spend a lot of time out in the woods, during hunting season!
The hat took about 3 hours to complete, total.
I used size 7 US needles and cast on 82 stitches to start. I knit in ribbing stitch for 3.5" instead of 2.5" as called for. I should have knit the body of the hat an inch or two longer, not the 4.5 " the pattern calls for. It does fit, but is a little short when the ribbing is folded.
I have made this with a seed stitch for the body, instead of the block pattern it calls for, and I have also done it in a rib all the way up to the decrease section.
Cozy? Yes! Blindingly bright? Oh yes!