This may be the softest hat ever, made from Shady Grove Alpacas Worsted in colorway Cassidy!
I made the version with the "ear flaps" that make the back longer. It is remarkably more comfortable than a hat with actual ear flaps.
As per usual, the fabric grew some after washing and blocking, especially the garter stitch section, and is now super drapey and pliable. Not that it matters with this pattern, since it sits firmly on one's head.
I'll definitely be knitting a few more of this pattern, and Cassidy worsted is my new favorite to work with!