Thanks for trying to help! When I used bigger needles I got obvious holes on the cross-overs though, like I mentioned (and of course the whole rest if the hat was massive) - any thoughts??Acouple things I've learned about cables:
Using a smaller needle (maybe even a couple sizes smaller, depending) for the ribbing might help with the fit (unless you already tried that and it didn't).
The holes will happen (and honestly, they're hardly noticeable in the picture), but practice helps.
When you do all of the crossing on the same row, it makes the hat so much tighter than if you cross on different rows. For example, I like to cross every other cable on the same row, and then several rows later, I cross the rest of the cables. Does that make sense?
One very important thing I've learned is that blocking cables really makes a difference. Sometimes a hat will feel really snug, and a good blocking will fix it. Plus, it just makes them look that much prettier.