gorgeous! the colour is beautiful, your version looks even nicer than the others. how did you modify it, did you make the cables longer?
Thanks! Sorry for the late response!
Basically, after the ribbing, I added on half the amount that was cast on (K2, M1, repeat); so from the original 112 stitches, you get 168. The original repeating owl pattern is 11 stitches (8 for the owl, and 3 purled to separate from next owl); I switched that to 14 stitches (8 for owl, and 6 purled) because I didn't want too many owls. Then, after the owls, I just continued K8, P6 until the hat measured about 6.5 inches. Decreased by K2tog, then K a round, and repeated that until eventually I just kept decreasing to the end.
I kind of wished now that I had purled after the owls to show them off more, then work actual cables afterward, but whatevs! :>