I don't know about you, but I don't look particularly good in hats. Unfortunately, I live in a climate that requires them for at least six months out of every year.
I have a large head (hey, don't take that and run with it! I mean it in the literal, spatial sense! It's hard to find hats that fit me), and long, fine hair. I usually wear my hair up. Braids look fine with most hats, but it's hard to fit a hat over double buns, and close-fitting hats just look weird over those styles, so much so that I often choose earmuffs. I'm down to one winter hat that I like: a black angora cloche that's cozy, but boring. I want something new. Warm and feminine, but not fussy.
That's why I was totally thrilled to see this Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat pattern, designed by CraftyPants! It's fashionable, and detailed, but not tight or odd-looking. It's made in worsted weight yarn, so you have lots of fiber choices; it would be perfect for a fancy yarn, since it doesn't use much. (Make sure the yarn you choose has some elasticity.) The pattern itself is not difficult, but as with anything that has a detailed stitch and shaping, you need to pay attention to what's going on while you're making it. It looks like it would work up pretty quickly, and be a nice hat for all but the windiest of days.
All these factors mean that it would be a nice gift. But when I make one, I'm keeping it for myself.
(And hey, if you're as unsure about hats as I am, check out Anna Sattler's recent article: Choose the right hat for you!)
[via CraftyCrafty, but it has since also been featured on CRAFT.]