My latest finished project is the Vermont hat by Shannon M. Simonelli who blogs at Welcome to the Knitosphere. This is a free pattern available free on her blog and as a ravelry download. The pattern is so easy. It's a color work hat that has full written directions, no charts. I can see this as a beginner pattern for first timers. Its a good introduction to two color stranding. It works up fast, has a good fit and uses worsted weight yarn so you can stash dive.
I knit two hats in a few days thanks to a snowy weekend here in Philadelphia. Both used stashed Red Heart Supersaver. The first is a blue and white scheme the second which is my favorite is a tan and teal color way. The hats have a small rib band which I did on 7s and then switched to 9s for the hat body. The top is a simple K2 decrease. The hat fits snug with a small slouch. This hat is cute and fun to knit. It's a quick knit for advanced knitters and good fo beginners wanting to try color work.
Pattern: Vermont Hat or here on Ravelry
Yarn: Red Heart Supersaver
Needles: Size 7 and 9 (16 inch circulars)
What I liked about this pattern: Easy to follow pattern, fast knit, good hat fit, color work kept my interest. I didn't miss a chart at all.
Here is my project on Ravelry