Ok, so they don't call it that, but because of the yarn I was using and the little point it made on top, I thought it looked like a little elf hat.
I really liked this pattern because it's knit from the top down, so you just knit until the hat fits. That's been a problem for me in the past because I guess I have a smaller-than-usual head.
The yarn I used was some lovely wool I bought in Paris in December. It's Plassard Versatile in a color called Bain, which I think is somewhat descriptive, even though it started reminding me of a mysterious swamp.
I made a few modifications to the pattern, like adjusting needle size for my yarn and changing the earflap design. They tell you to do the earflaps in garter stitch, which I thought was ugly. I used a proportional amount of stitches and made a 2 stitch wide garter stitch border and left the middle as stockinette. I think the earflaps might need a bit of blocking so that they don't curl under quite so much.
I didn't like the idea of doing i-cord with my precious thick/thin yarn (or in general) so I just doubled up the yarn and braided it.
Also, instead of making a pompom on top, I secured the cast on tail and pulled it through the center hole. haha.. My hat has a tail ! I think it's whimsical.http://www.electro-k.org/mar06/100_3960.jpghttp://www.electro-k.org/mar06/100_3969.jpg
It really is hard to take photos of yourself wearing hats or something without it looking like a crappy myspace photo.
I heart mon petit chapeau !