Of all Jane Richmond's hat patterns, without fail I always turn to Jane when I want to knit a hat as a gift for a friend. Just the right amount of slouch, a great pattern that can be worked up even by beginner knitters, Jane keeps a person surprisingly warm despite the tiny holes the patterning creates across the entirety of the hat.
Thanks to the doubled-over construction of the brim, your ears are kept nice and warm in this gorgeous number. I've worked the hat up in both wools and acrylics in the past, with no noticeable difference in wear for either fiber type.
My favorite part about this hat? You can knit it up for just about everyone on your gift list and/or for charity donations and rest assured it will be loved by anyone at any age. Give it a bit of slouch or knit in a unique color for someone a bit more whimsical, work it up in a neutral color or with less slouch for someone a bit more traditional.
While this is not a free pattern, the pattern pays for itself after just a few uses - at $4.50 it's well worth the purchase.