Sure, it looks like a finished hat. But, looks can be deceiving. The problem is that it barely fits Ellery. It's not supposed to fit Ellery. It's supposed to fit a three year old. It's really no big surprise that it's too small. I changed just about everything in the pattern- the yarn weight, the needle size, the number of pattern repeats. So, I'm going to try again. No big deal. I've got plenty of yarn left. And thanks to a couple of techniques- magic loop and cabling without a cable needle- it's really not as difficult to knit as it seems.
That leaves one problem. What to do with the too small hat? Well, I'm going to give it away. I'm guessing it's pretty perfectly sized for a 6 month to 18 month old. It's knit in a cotton blend so it shouldn't be too hot for late summer/fall wearing. First person to reply that they want it- gets it. One catch, you have to have a specific baby in mind to give it to. Doesn't have to be yours. I just want the hat to get used. Let the games begin.