Other than the fact my son was born in February, I really dislike the month. It may be our shortest in length, but it seems to just go on forever. The days are short and the skies are gray. I actually finished this hat over a week ago but I've been waiting for a sunny day in order to take a picture.
The pattern, Durango, is available for free from Catherine Lindsey. I used almost a full skein of Berroco Comfort yarn in Wild Raspberry Heather (purple) with a bit of Chalk Comfort for the band. The hat is crocheted with a size I hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet, double crochet, front post double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet decrease and slip stitch. I've never crocheted a hat from the brim up so this was a new experience for me. Both the fpdc and dec stitches were new and took some time learning. The original flower I made came out HUGE. It took about as long to make as the hat itself, but was much to overpowering. I started over and like these results much better. I used Comfort, again, in Goldenrod for the center and Pimpernel for the petals. I will most definitely be making this hat again.