I've been testing in some pretty chilly weather: it's warm, and very comfortable. It was easy to knit in just a couple of evenings, and it really does make the most of stripey yarn without having put me to any particular effort at all. I think it would look great on a guy, and I might even consider making one as a chemo hat, for daytime or sleeptime use, because it's so squishy and soft.
The checkerboard-ish stitch pattern seems to hug my head well, and trap a bit more heat than plain stockinette.
And the ribbing that's folded up inside the bottom of it is not only very snug and just right for over my ears, it gives a purl ridge a chance to be the bottom edge for a change.
And really, how cute are those circles at the top? I don't think I'll ever get tired of that look in a stripey hat.
Twisted Fiber Art Duchess Self-Striping yarn (100% superwash merino wool, 240 yards, 100g), 1 skein
4.0mm 16” circular or double point needles, or size to obtain gauge
20 sts, 28 rows = 4” in stocking stitch, after blocking
S (M, L): 16.5 (18, 19.5)” circumference; 7 (7.25, 7.5)” long once the ribbing is folded inside the hat. Using Duchess, size M fits comfortably on a 22” head.
Level of Difficulty
Easy: stitches include knit, purl, and knit two together.