It seems my pattern has been publicly criticized by other knitters. Sigh...I'll try not to take it personally. ;)
Anyway, if you are one of those people who would like to take a look at an alternate Jayne Hat pattern, there is one posted here:
and a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of the two on the site, as well.
The big difference is that it:
* uses a cable cast-on--which I commend in general as a wonderful thing, but wanted this thing to be simple and rustic, so kept the simple cast-on I figured Ma Cobb would use. That being said, a good idea, since no one could really tell you added this little touch.
*has a different decrease and some different lengths where you change color and stuff--relatively minor, but the author says it makes the hat more poofy at the top. I think this is a good idea. It's been bothering me that mine aren't as poofy as they could be. On the other hand, you could always push it up a bit on your forehead, which is what Adam Baldwin seems to be doing.
* suggests switching to double-pointed needles when the hat gets too narrow to use circular.
This last thing is something that has bothered me a bit of late--I see it everywhere, even in new patterns. Has no one else heard of the magic loop method? You can just use one long circular needle for all your circular knitting needs. It's absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out. Changed my life:
In related news, here is a picture of a gorgeously finished hat: