Well, as you can see, the pattern works. The hat is fine. There are changes I will make in future, but it's not a bad start. Next time, I will work more on shaping the top more slowly, giving it more curve. Maybe I'll try one of those patterns, they are adorable.
Several people have asked me to make them hats, and I'm working on it. Hats are great, they work up in a few hours. That's satisfying. My David loves hats, and he is very happy with this one. I think I can make a lot of hats, and it will be a while before he quits wanting to claim them.
I have a weakness for crochet books as well, particularly books like the one here, that have general knowledge, general tips and techniques, and present that info in a way that you can work it into all your projects. I like to 'wing it' on a lot of projects, make things from my own mind, and this kind of book helps me do that.
Y'all have a great day. Happy hooking.