It's an all-over cabled hat- the cables spread out as you get closer to the crown, forming a cool pattern. And there are pompoms. We must have pompoms on hats.
Living in California is hard as a knitter, because it's ungodly hot here up until about November. Once September rolls around, all I want to do is knit for winter, but it's too hot. Today, in mid-September, the high is 100. UGH. Anyway. A hat is a great way to ease into winter knitting, because then you don't have a big wool sweater in your lap.
Out in the Woods Hat: $4 on Ravelry (no account required)
Size: Adult S/M (17.5" circumference) and M/L (20" circumference), both sizes 9" tall
Yarn: 200-240 yards of DK weight yarn, shown in Knit Picks Gloss DK in the color Aegean
Needles: US size 6 (4 mm) dpns and a 16" circular
Gauge: 26 sts/30 rows = 4" in cable pattern