Once I'd mastered the Kitchener it worked out very well. I really enjoyed knitting this hat, but I'm a bit disappointed at how big it turned out. It fits my five year old! I had been worried it might be too little from my nearly two year old. I used the Stella Pixie hat pattern - I guess it gives me an excuse to knit it again in a smaller size. Also I always seem to have trouble getting the button strap to sit nicely. I had this problem with the Aviatrix pattern too.