A friend who is pregnant with her first boy wanted a soccer hat as they go to a lot of soccer games (her husband coaches). Turns out soccer hats are HARD. This was the easiest pattern I could find, and it is actually a crochet pattern. I think the final product is cute, but I can't say I'm thrilled with it either.
So I actually made two base hats (you make the base then make the pentagons to stich on). The first was the first size, in my opinion, but it turns out I was doing my single crochet wrong (I don't single much!). So I redid right...and it is huge. But it'll fit him eventually...and I gave her both hats only one just is plain (the little one).