I also am on a hat project- I intend to burn through my stash having fun with hats, and contribute the results, for good or ill, to a local helping group. This hat has a three inch hemmed brim in 4x4 ribbing folded under and crocheted in place. The pattern is in stranded knitting in Knitpicks Cloud wool and Modadea Sangria wool/silk blend. I used size seven needles for the brim, and 10 1/2 for the colorwork. I decreased in four equidistant paired decreases with ssk and k2tog. I think I spent about 5 hours on it. I should probably do more beanie style hats, as I suspect males will not be inclined to wear slouch hats, though I love the old-timey look of them.