I like hats to be on the looser side if I’m wearing them in a casual, around-the-town kind of way. However, we went camping at Courtright Reservoir last November, and my hat just wouldn’t stay on while I slept. There was a chilly wind that just zapped my head heat, so I decided that I needed to make a tighter-fitting hat before we go up to Yosemite in April. I found this pretty stitch pattern and worked it up at a tighter gauge than the instructions called for, adding an additional repeat of the body rows so it would fit my weirdly large head. (All my brains need room to whirr about in there, I suppose.) It came out just right.