I cast 96 stitches on US 7 needles, and did a double rib all the way up.
I'm very pleased with the way it came out, and I hope he likes it when he gets it. Now, on to the scarf he wants.
This is the hat with the bottom folded up.
This is the hat unfolded.
I really like the way the yarn self-stripes, from dark to light. Gives it some depth and texture.