A little over a year ago I picked up the Jan/Feb 09 issue of Crochet Today because I absolutely HAD to HAVE the lumberjack hat. Immediately. I needed it right then and there. And then things happened and time got away from me, and finally, a year later I had yarn and time (two days) to stitch it up.
This is a great hat for me because, not only is it warm as all get out, it suits my totally bizarre need for hats - that is, I cannot STAND having any kind of natural fiber touching the top of my face. I don't know why I would be so sensitive in that domain and not others - I could probably wear a scarf made of burlap, for example. Obvs slouchy hats made of wool are fine since they're on my hair, not my face. But if I'm going to wear a snug hat that's going to touch my forehead it needs to be 100% synthetic. Usually when it's really cold I wear a fleece hat, which is fine, but kind of tragic, given that I'm a knitter/crocheter.
As for my lumberjack hat, the outside is oh-so-warm and oh-so-scratchy brown sheep lamb's pride worsted. The floofy lining, however, is red heart moon & stars and it is 100% soft, floofy, and man-made. The pattern is very simple, considering the fact that you're making a multi-layered hat. The construction is top-down, and you crochet all of the brown outer hat first, then pick up stitches along the straight bottom edge with the lining yarn. The only modifications I made to the pattern were to make the front flap and ear flaps slightly shorter than called for, and to line the inside of the forehead section with the red heart.
Now, at long last, I have a ridiculously warm hat made by my own hand. No more crappy store-bought fleece hats for me.