Yes, yarn harlot did say that this pattern would become an addiction, first because it is so fast and simple, and second, because you can change its appearance by the choice of yarn! She's right!
In a plain colored yarn, the cables would be the attraction!
I might try using two strands of cream MALABRIGO in my stash, and making this hat again! It would take 2 strands of MALABRIGO to come up to the gauge requirement.