This has been a learning experience. First thing I learned: make sure there's enough contrast in your yarn colors. Second thing: don't switch knitting styles midstream. I started out knitting the regular way where the yarn gets twisted with each stitch, then I thought I'd try the two-handed fair isle knitting, which I really liked, but the stitch definition just didn't seem to be as crisp as the other way, so I went back to the first way. I can really tell where I changed methods. I was hoping blocking might help, but I don't think it will. I really love this pattern, but if I make it again, I'll use bigger needles (this called for size 0 for the ribbing and size 2 for the rest of the hat) and different colors. I used Knit Picks Palette in Cream and Mist. The hat is a free Ravelry download called Selbu Modern. Anyway, I learned a lot so even if I don't ever wear this, it was worth it. I've got this blocking over a bowl and the ribbing is under the bottom of the bowl.