This hat was a test knit for Susanna Winter and to be honest I wasn’t very happy with it when it was complete. What I felt was the stitch definition was not good and I suspect this was down to my choice of yarn. I used an alpaca yarn that is very soft and has a halo so it was never going to give a good definition. I was also comparing my hat to other test knitters and that was a bad idea. I suspect that part of the reason designers have test knitters is to see how different knitters interpret their pattern.
Sitting back how looking at the hat I am a lot happier. I love softness of the colours and the softness the yarn gives the garter stitch and lace contrast. I knit the large size and it is comfortable. The original hat had a pom-pom and I felt the hat didn’t need it. So here it is – Wild Sage http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wild-sage-hat
A very nice pattern – with or without pom-pom.