Whizz! Another Christmas present hat flies off the needles!
It took less than two balls of Rowan Cashsoft Aran (bargain from Kemps) on 4.5mm dpns.
This is one of those patterns which you don't really appreciate properly until you knit it. I thought it was basically a girly Koolhaas, but it is actually much cleverer than that, and a lot easier to knit!
I remember struggling with FL's Koolhaas, as all those criss-crosses were "knit through the back of the loop"s. Aeonium achieves the same criss-crossiness with plain knit stitches except when tbls are used to add extra definition as the pattern starts to swirl on top. I was blown away by all the different ways you learn to decrease stitches and keep the swirly criss-cross-iness going! And the travelling stitches helped me avoid the laddering I experienced with the Medici hat, as I could "time" the cross-overs to move with the needle-changes.
Woo hoo! Knitted hat geek-heaven!
P.S. We have Big Snow! It took me 2 hours to drive home last night and it was terrifying as there was sheet ice everywhere and multiple crashes to negotiate. Somehow I made it back safely, but I am not trying it again until the gritters go out.