A bit of knitting then , a few minutes mid day and some rows during a wait in the evening and it was done. If I had to guess, under 90 minutes of knitting and I'm not all that speedy.
I was thrilled with it, I had a cool button that matched, I put it on.
Owing to my ethnic inheritance, most headwraps that look cool on others scream BABUSHKA on me. And not in that good waify gypsy way .
My 13 yo son upon seeing it said " No...no. That's really not good. You look like a...uhhhm...look in the mirror. Don't even bother finishing that hat." When I told him it was finished, and would he take a few photos of me wearing it so I could see, he agreed. As long as we did it in the backyard, away from humanity.
Me? I like it as a v1. I'm thinking maybe a colorway other than "Violent Spring" (just kidding, its Key Lime) would be a better choice for me, with less short rows so it was narrower. This being a heavy worsted yarn, and my head being smallish, I followed the experience of others , casting 8o stitches on size 8 needles and cut back my repeats to 8 short rows of decreasing and 8 growing back, about half of those on the pattern.
Its a potato chip of a knit. Tomorrow all the yarn stores around here have super bowl sales, and I'm thinking Noro, on size 7 needles, something subtler in tones and smaller in size. Meanwhile, avert your eyes if you're 13 and see me coming.