Go find yourself some sock yarn that stripes, and knit up this fast and easy baby hat in a few hours.
It's easy, and it features a little bit of texture with the half-linen stitch. You'll find it interesting to knit (and will learn another way to use small scraps of yarn).
Now be prepared to hear the "Awwww."
Not critical, but about 5 1/2 to 6 stitches per inch in stockinette. (Are you really going to make a gauge swatch for a baby hat? I didn't think so.)
175 yards of Fingering weight
Cynthia has put her Ph.D. in ed. psych. to work full time in the fiber arts, designing Really Clear patterns that are clear, easy-to-understand, and fun to make! (She thinks hard about how to explain things so that you don't need a Ph.D. to make them!) Her patterns and tutorials are found at www.reallyclear.com. Find her blog at reallyclearinstructions.blogspot.com.