My new favorite hat:
Pattern: Rikke Hat
Yarn: Black and white 100% alpaca from a local farm. I bought the yarn at Six Loose Ladies yarn shop in Proctorsville, VT.
Needles: US 5, US 7
Notes: One of the most prevalent comments I read on Ravelry from people who knit this pattern is "WHY did I wait so long to knit this?!?" I, too, am wondering. This hat is awesome and will probably get the most wear this winter. It's perfectly sized and perfectly slouchy. The dk-weight 100% alpaca that I used was made for this pattern.
And the hat is inexplicably flattering on. I know- it doesn't look like much or all that special but I think I might make 5 more just like it.