Pattern: Yes, Checks! by Stephen West
Suggested Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK
Suggested Gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch (for substituting yarns)
Suggested Needles: US 6 / 4.0 mm
This gorgeous hat pattern is available for free download, which I always love in my charity patterns. And as I've yet to meet a Stephen West pattern I don't love, if you're of the same mind, you'll be happy to add this to your charity rotation.
Large checkerboard design (with two square sizes, for every preference) make this hat stretchy and comfy, and without the need for ribbing around the edge to keep ears snug and warm. And the forgiving nature of the pattern means you can substitute just about any DK weight yarn from your stash and have a hat that'll fit perfectly. Made long, this hat is meant to be worn either slouched or folded over for a snug fit, meaning it's got a double layer of ear protection built right in!