Hello all. Well I have finished my first hat. Bit of a drama all 'round. Started by using 3.5 mm circular needle and a pattern for a completely ribbed hat, but then the needle broke! That'll teach me to buy cheap plastic needles. Luckily it broke at the point where I could pretend it was meant to just be the ribbing edge so I then changed to 4mm needles and used another pattern. Using the Tapered Staghorn Cable from a pattern on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tapered-staghorn-hat by Mathew Gnagy) and making up the other sides as i went along I managed to complete a (I think) at least half-decent hat. Using fun stitch markers I got on Etsy to remind me where I was on the pattern. All a bit hit and miss but at least it is hat-shaped. A nice warm hat, just in time for Spring! - I didn't really think that one through, did I? Going to walk the dog now, and will wear the hat too.