Julie--I love your pattern but I think he wants something that comes to more of a point--of at least dh thinks that's what he wants--I may use your pattern and make him more than one, time permitting.
I like the pattern on knitty but hate icords--and while it looks really good on the hat--I shudder at the thought. I don't like the fair isle pattern but I could easily substitute something else like fish (he loves to fish and does so all winter!).
Thanks for the suggestions guys!