I got the pattern from knitty, here
But I was afraid of picking up stitches (but not cables or short rows... I'm a strange one) So I made the brim and the top of the hat separately, then joined them together with the sideways knit cables.
I liked not having to pick up 100 or so stitches, but I think the top of the hat is less stretch because of it. It wasn't a bad experiment, and the receiver loved it, so its a success. I think I'd do it differently next time though.
C&C, thoughts, and suggestions always welcome,