First, my photos suck today (I'm still getting used to my new camera). I dashed out and photographed them against some snow, but by the time I realized the poor image quality the hats were already on their way to SOS.
For a better view of what the hat looks like, check out THE TEXTURED BANDS HAT PATTERN by Lorene Voskinarian published on Craf*te*ra*ti (where you can find the free pattern). (knit with chunky, or doubled worsted yarn on # 10.5 (15.5mm) needles)
I LOVE this pattern for charity knitting. The SAME HAT fit both my teeny tiny toddler-sized head, and my husbands XXL sized head, AND he had room to spare. It would have fit a head many sizes larger, yet still snugged around my tiny head warmly, and securely.
Talk about a perfect hat to knit for someone whose head size you don't know!
Because of the construction, it is good and warm. It is thick and cushy, and able to be pulled snugly around your ears.
If you use high contrast yarns, it would be great for kids or people with color courage, if you use beiges or browns, low contrast yarns or even solids it fits anyone's taste.
It's also a fun knit, as the pattern is easily memorized yet with enough interest to keep you knitting happily.