Talking About Hats

I can't believe a week has magically wrapped itself around again and we are looking at Thursday and it is time to talk about patterns. Somewhere the last week disappeared along with the additional 2,000 km on my car. A trip to Rhinebeck ended up being so much more than just a day at the fair. We started out heading to the States on Thursday, arriving in Corning, NY for a wander of the downtown, dinner and then the Glass Museum the next morning. We left shortly after lunch and headed towards Rhinebeck taking the scenic route driving through the Catskills and wow was it gorgeous. We decided to head into Kingston, NY for dinner that night and talk about a treasure of a city, I was so blown away. We spent a good part of the day at the fair on Saturday and I have to confess I found it very overwhelming, way too many people and quite a frantic environment, after talking to people in the future I would head down earlier in the week, take some classes before the weekend and enjoy the fair on Sunday afternoon. Sunday morning we pushed north and spent the night and a day in Kingston, ON and got home late Monday night. All in all a whirlwind but such a great time! A shockingly I took almost no pictures, I know terrible right?

Through the whole trip I was lamenting the fact that I didn't have a perfect hat, especially when the weather turned very cold on Sunday. So lets talk about hats and the perfect hat. I have a few beanie style hats that I love and fit perfectly, but I am still searching for the perfect elusive stylish slouch. Most hats that I have knit that are billed as a slouch tend to stick up, perhaps my head is larger than average or something? But regardless they don't end up the way I want. This had lead me to believe that I need to focus on tams or berets, over-exaggerating to achieve the desired results. I put this question to the ravelry group and did a bit of poking around in the pattern database as well and these are the final four I am considering. 

Clockwise from top left:
Starcrossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson - image by annakg
Marigold Slouch by Devin Lynch - image by Devin Likes to Knit
Snapdragon Tam by Ysolha Teague - image by ysolda
Ballard Slouch Hat by Felicia Lo - image by sweetgeorgia

So what do you think? Which hat should I knit? Any colour suggestions? Do you have the most perfect hat pattern to recommend?