so for the past year i've been on this quest to make this hat. its a hybrid of a hat my friend has and hat i made up in my mind (i think). I tried a bunch of times and finally gave up. Then, inspired by our faithful mod's post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147907.msg1460995#msg1460995) i realized what my hat was missing was the front and back post double crochet. so i used this pattern (http://www.hometown.aol.com/tepperleen/page4.html) to learn how to do that. However, that hat turned out HUGE! so i modified the pattern and turned it more into a beanie. that hat was still a little big, so i modified it even more and this is how it turned out. For the bill I used Tiegh's pattern (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88721.0). the bill is still a little too small, so the next one is going to be a little bigger.
so after a year of attempts and more attempts (i have funny looking hats strewn throughout my house, and i keep unloading more on my friends) I have finally created that hat i've been waiting for.
oh, and i used jiffy yarn in caffe with a size J crochet hook, if anyone wants to know.