Every month I send my brother, whose is currently stationed in Iraq, a care package. In each package I include at least one small hand made item.
This month's package will include a hat in desert camo colors. I tried two new things with this hat out of curiosity. I created a 1X1 band at the bottom then switched to stockinette stitch until it was the right length. I imagine this would look dull with a solid color, but I thought it might be OK with a striping yarn.
I also decreased by marking every tenth stitch then k2g before each marker. This created a seemed look at the top. It was interesting, but I think I like my usual 2X2 ribbed hats and old decrease method better. I was thinking a simpler pattern would be more appropriate for him where he's at right now.