I fully admit to loving this hat. I've worn it about 50% of the time since it was finished (which is saying something when you have as many hats as I do, haha.) It's knit flat in sport-weight yarn (Louet Gems Sport) and shaped with short rows, with welt detailing that is offset with a smidgen of contrast yarn (Malabrigo Worsted in Frank Ochre, of course.)
And I totally learned something! I was looking for a synonym for "welt" (seeing as my previous welted patterns have already used up the Eudora Welty pun and the Klingon reference) and I found "wale".... which, as it turns out, also refers to the vertical column of stitches in a knit fabric. "Course" is the opposite- the horizontal stitches. Given the welts and the unusual orientation of the wale and course in this pattern, I thought it an appropriate name ;-)
Sidenote: This pattern was featured on the blog KnitHacker before it was even published...and, in fact, before I had even seen this tester's project! Hehe. I feel so fancy!