froggmamma sent me an awesome package that included a crochet hook, yarn, and the book I Taught Myself to Crochet. In retrospect, I probably should have picked an easier project to start out with, like a dishcloth, or a scarf, but I didn't want a dishcloth or a scarf! I wanted a hat!
To be honest, I started out to make a completely different hat with instructions here on craftster, but I then realized I had no idea what I was doing and went with whatever came out.
It's all half double crochet (which still makes no sense to me as a name, by the way) because that's what the original pattern called for, with some increasing and some decreasing and much ripping out of rounds.
Thanks for looking!