When I first started the class I was like meh... I want to get to that beautiful cowl! So I thought of the hat and fingerless mitts as chores to get through so that I would have the skills for the cowl. I have to admit, I am really enjoying this hat and may make more of them in two colors to see how that looks while I'm waiting for my cowl yarn to arrive! As usual, you have written a great pattern and provided excellent instruction in working it so that it looks professionally knit-- even though I'm clearly a novice. Thank you!