I was looking over my 2011 projects on Ravelry and realized how much I like hats. There are a few reasons for this. I have a terrible habit of buying one or two skeins of yarn rather than 10 which limits what you can make. I don't have the sock bug (yet) so that is not an option. And I love how portable a hat is. A simple rolled Brim hat is my go to when I want a really simple project to knit knit knit on at a family event or if I have a long car ride. So I hunted on Ravelry this Spring and found the pattern Countrywool Rolled Brim Hat by Claudia Krisniski. It's a free pattern and its easy and just perfect for what I needed. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/countrywool-rolled-brim-hat
The hat above was knit in Adriafil Knitcol: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/adriafil-knitcol . It's a wonderful self striping yarn which gives you that wonderful Nordic look with no color work skill needed. You just knit knit knit and the pattern appears - love it.
The second and the third hat are both knit from Brown Sheep Worsted. http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/brown-sheep-lambs-pride-worsted
I knit a good length in the starting color to give the roll a single color. Then I just alternated colors every two rounds. I was able to carry the yarns along the back on these so I had very little finish work. (YAY!) I suspect I will get a lot of wear out of these this winter.
And the final one which is actually the first one I made with this pattern was knit from Dream in Color Classy yarn http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/dream-in-color-classy which I really enjoyed working with. I can see why people would love this for socks. It's just a pleasure in the hand as you knit it. The pattern used just over half the skein.