This is the snail hat from the book "The Opinionated Knitter" by Elizabeth Zimmermann (another one for Zimmermania). I LOVE this hat! It's supposed to be knit with sheepsdown with the gauge of 7 1/2 sts over 3 inches!!! I've never had such a bulky yarn nor seen it. So I've held together three strands of Berroco's Ultra Alpaca (three different colors - charcoal, grey and pea green) and knit with 8mm needles (the largest I had). It could have been looser with larger needles. It fits me - just. But the folds get stretched out, even with the dummy's head. It doesn't matter, as long as I can put it on. I'd like to make another one soon, which hopefully will fit better, but for that I either need to find a super bulky yarn or get larger needles or both.
I've got a set going on here. I just might make a scarf to make it complete. We'll see. I'm also seeing the end of David's Log Cabin Blanket approaching. Another couple of weeks to go maybe a bit more, with other knits being worked on, but now that I can see the finish line, I'm more motivated.