Now that Christmas is over, I can show you the hat I was knitting on the sly for Pete. Apparently I wasn't sly enough, because he knew something was up. He said it was obvious because I wasn't knitting when he'd walk in. Note to self: Next year, cultivate a decoy project to snatch up.
Ultimate Hat pattern in black Cascade 220 Superwash, using slightly bigger needles than she called for. I also stopped knitting the body of the hat at about 10 inches, then followed her instructions for decreasing, but continued to k2tog until only a couple of stitches remained.)