I stayed up last night until I had finished the hat for my cousin Brian and wove in the ends after I got to work (hence the photo was done with the clinic camera, rather than my fancy schmancy one). He'll be on leave when I'm in North Carolina next week, so I'll get to give it to him before he ships out for Afghanistan.
The design is my own, but fairly basic & based on a 2 x 1 rib. I did a baby cable in the black, which adds some visual interest and makes a thicker fabric, 'cause it's going to be cold in Afghanistan. The shaping is roughly based on the London Beanie, so it's nice and snug to be able to fit under a helmet. The yarn is Berocco Pure Merino, which is a cabled, worsted weight superwash yarn and very soft. And as with pretty much anything I make, there's a little bit of cat hair thrown in - just for good luck.
I picked the colors because a) they're basic guy colors that I knew Brian would like, and b) they fit the guidelines for the Ships Project.