Finished the hat today... didn't get a button for the cowl yet, hopefully tomorrow!
I actually like the way the hat looks when I wear it, the cables stretch nicely and don't end up looking 'girly' - I might just have to make one for myself!
For the hat I cast on 96 (although I would probably add 12 to 24 more if I were to make this again) stiches with size 6 needles. Worked in k4, p2 rib for 2 rows. 3rd row I slipped two stitched to the back, knitted the next two, then knitted the two from the needle, then purled the next two stitches. 4th row k4, p2 ribbing. I repeated that 3 more times, then worked in k4, p2 ribbing for 13 rows, added two more cable repeats, worked k4, p2 til the hat was 5 inches.
(all of these are just repeated til the end of the round)
k4, p2, k2tog, k2, p2
k4, p2, k2tog, k1, p2
k4, p2, k2tog, p2
k4, p2, p2 tog, p1
k4, p2, p2tog
k4, p1, p2tog
k2tog, k2, p2
k2tog, k1, p2
break string gather remaining 4 stitches and pull tightly.