But on the plus side, this hat did not bite the dust, rather it's just finally finished. :) This hat is for a little boy so I wanted to make it more masculine. I also wanted to try my hand at different stitch patterns. So to accomplish those things this is what I did:
Instead of using only garter stitch, stockinette stitch and seed stitch, I used 3-4 new stitch patterns. I really enjoy the look of the horizontal dash pattern. I may knit up a hat using only this pattern and see how it turns out. We'll see. :) My only thought here next time is that if I'm going to incoorporate color changes into the hat, I won't knit the dash at the color change b/c it creates messy lines. I like the look on this hat, but just a note to myself!
Horizontal dash (white); checkered (blue)
I also used a chevron type pattern (I'll have to look up stitch pattern names later), double moss seed stitch (?) and a checkered stitch. Some of the patterns are more easily visible than others, and perhaps if I blocked the hat they would look better, but I kinda like the way it looks now. I did use seed stitch for the last 2 inches at the top. I really liked the texture it gave the top on the Pink Paper Bag hat so I decided to stick with it here.
Instead of a picot trim on the bottom of the hat, I crocheted a single crochet edge. Simple and gave the effect I was looking for.
Single crocheted bottom edge
I still used a picot trim for the top of the hat, though. I considered frogging it back and putting just a single crochet trim on it, but then I decided it was okay.
Crocheted picot top edge
Finally, instead of tying the I-cord in a bow, I laced it through the eyelets and double knotted the I-cord. I then put knots on the resulting strings just to add a little more visual interest. This decision nicely balances the picot trim (I think) and makes it a little more "boy."
Overall, there are a lot of things going on in this hat. Several different patterns, different trims, an I-cord. As I was knitting and looking at the hat, I wasn't sure I'd be pleased with the end result. I contemplated starting over several times. But then when I got the I-cord, cinched the top shut and sat back to observe my work, I was happy with my choices.