Yarn: KnitPicks Swish Worsted
Ah, Stephen West. The prolific designer has a ton of great patterns available. I, honestly, cannot say that I am the biggest fan of his stuff... but I will admit that some of his patterns are hip, yet classic at the same time. I personally like his older work better, and this is where we find this hat.
This hat was made for my brother (though, modeled by Bret). He requested a hat for Christmas. I ended up making him two hats, but (of course) I forgot to take any pictures of the other hat. He seemed to like both hats a lot. He wore both of them around while I was there, and his girlfriend made a point of telling me that he loves them. So, I'm pretty happy here!
The pattern is rather straight forward. Simple language, and easy to follow. My only complaint is that the cowl and hat actually have the exact same pattern (CO and everything) until the end. I would think many people would prefer a looser cowl, if only to get it over your head without messing up your hair and everything.