Finished! It is in the Etsy shop here. I'm very pleased with the revamped pattern that I tweaked for knitting instead of crochet. It is much more compact. I can also make this hat as not a skullcap.
I'm experimenting with different hat sizes so I can figure out exactly how many stitches I need for what. I gained enough xp to level my knitting up to 12. Unfortunately at level 12 I don't unlock any new skills. Soon I'll be able to make a cable scarf. That's the end of my knit rambling.