This is a hat I made for myself for Christmas. Which is to say I made it specifically to match the outfit I was wearing on Christmas, using a totally gorgeous wooden crochet hook that I was given for Christmas. Unfortunately I didn't finish it until two days later, but oh well.
I used this hat as an excuse to 1)try out a bunch of new stitches that I has just learnt from my 500 stitch book, and 2) practice seamless color integration. You'd think that transitioning between colors without cutting off and tying on would have been one of the first things I learnt, but no- five years in I'm finally working out how you do that. Not that hard a concept after all, but thanks for telling me about it, needlecraft encyclopedia from the 90s!
For my fellow crochet nerds: this is stitched in the round, first SC, then DC, then puffs in two sizes, then Crossed Stitch (I do not recommend doing this stitch with three colors like I did here, it was a pain), then picots in various sizes, then back to singles. I used four yarns, concealing three at a time. I honestly think it would have been a more attractive hat if I had been less fussy with it, but it was a good learning experience.
As you can tell I'm finally brushing up on my crochet theory. Mastering the basics will make my amigurumi work even better!