What I liked most about this pattern was the alternate cable cast-on, which was new to me. It gives lovely stretchy edge which preserves the integrity of the 1x1 rib. And it was so easy. If anyone wants to try it, the instructions can be found here.
As you can see, this rib is a work of art – if I may say so. And the hat itself is a joy to wear as it is so flattering.
So, a big thank you to Woolly Wormhead for both the pattern and the cast-on.