The hats I'm making for the AVL kidlets aren't Christmas presents (I don't DO Christmas knitting), so I asked their moms (my DiL and her sister) about styles, colors, etc. This was the winner:
The Harmony Cloche. It is super-cute and super-easy, and I love the pattern. (Except for that k5tog business in worsted, because WTF? That hurt my fingers!)
I hit gauge, and made the larger of the two sizes that covered Supergirl's head size as measured by her mother. Her mom wanted a neutral color and I know Supergirl is all about the softness, so I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in The Bean. Fabulously neutral colors; cream and tans and greige-y gray, soo soft, and the hat is adorable and tres chic. It was a rainy day and there were good movies on the tee-vee, so I've already finished one of the three hats I've promised. The style is stylin', the pattern was easy, but it looks so SMALL. Miss D is going to come over tomorrow to try it on. I have enough left to make another if I need to go a size up, but I'm really curious about how much this will stretch on an actual child's actual head. I am on gauge. I, who on small items will often just wing it and check later if it seems off, hit 4 stitches/inch dead on. We shall see how it fits on an actual child's head - then I can measure Delaney's head and see how far she's off her cousin's measurement. If I have to go up a size, I may have to order another skein. No biggie; the littlest cousin can have this one, and she can have a matching hat with her big cousin. I could get another skein and make a watch cap for the boy cousin, and let their moms go crazy sorting out whose hat is whose every time they get together, but I wasn't really aiming for a theme. I'm already thinking leftovers will be adorable as small crocheted toys.
Supergirl was asked about her own hat color preferences and she wanted something bright, so I also bought a skein of Shepherd Worsted in Island Blue. I'll do a simple cuffed watch cap in that color. She can have two hats, one for fashion, one for keeping her ears warm when the wind blows. I don't know if she has her Namaw's sensitive ears, but I HATE cold ears. I am a total Lorna's Laces groupie, and think the Shepherd yarns are the ultimate for kid knitting - superwash, amazing colors, and soft as buttah.