Pattern: Simple Hat (braided cables) from Cables Untangled by Melissa Leapman
Yarn: White Dog Woolies handpainted worsted 100% alpaca, colorway "Trout." I picked this up at Knit Knot Studio in Portland during my trip to Oregon last spring.
Comments: Simple is right--this would be a great introduction to cabling for a novice, but it's sufficiently interesting for someone with more experience. A great pattern that complements the yarn I chose--the subtle variegation doesn't obscure the cable pattern at all (and the colors go great with my orange coat, which you might be able to glimpse in a corner of the photo above). Such a pleasure to knit.