I cast on for the hat with the special top down cast on used in the book. By the way, the cast on recommended is great and I will use it to start center our knitting from now on. I knit on and in a few hours, my hat was almost finished. DS2 came home from work and tried it on and decided the back should be a bit longer than the recommended 2" so I knit a bit further. If you are making this hat, be sure to check the internet for corrections as there are many mistakes in this book - hence the white paper sticking out from the book in the picture. Nevertheless, I love the construction and fit of these hats.
My version of Skye is doubled Red Heart worsted and 10-1/2 needles.
DH wants one after Christmas.
This is now on my list of things to make ahead of time for Chritmas next year. I can picture this in Packer colors (maybe they will be doing better next year) or Harley colors or school team colors.
I am going to start earlier next year. HONEST!