Hmm, I made this little hat (another one from pickles) from their kindergarten set. On the one hand it is great: easy and you can use up lots of scraps of dk. I really like pickles. On the other hand, it's a snug fit and the auggles is not a fan of a snug hat. It's not tight, but it's not a loose fit like the soft grey cotton cap. And another hand (a third hand) it does keep his ears warm in the wind. I don't know. This is all merino and alpaca, it's really warm and soft. We save it for the days with an icy wind.