I really love this hat pattern. Unfortunately, it was a little too large for my head. It also didn't fit the other person in my family who had potential to wear it, so it went to live with my mother-in-law. Ysolda's patterns are so, so easy to follow. I would not say this is a pattern for beginners, but anyone who has knit in the round and can do cabels without a needle should do just fine. In fact, I finally learned how to cable without a needle following these great instructions from Grumperina. Next up from Ysolda is the Verity hat. If all goes well, that one will stay with me!