I used Danny Ouellete's Easy Head Hugger Pattern.
Not sure I'd call it easy, but it was clearly written, and not hard to follow.
I'd be happy to work another pattern of his, should one catch my interest. I kind of like his Acorn Toque, and the upcoming Cabled Hat Scarf is intriguing, too.
Anyway, It took me longer to finish the hat than I thought it would, but it was a lovely knit. The Noro Cashmere island is quite soft, and the colors are rich and wonderful.
I will be making a pair of matching wrist / pulse warmers for the recipient, but haven't decided on a pattern.... although I have a hunch I'll just work up something new. I find I'm addicted to designing.