I'm pretty sure I'm going to start the hat all over again in worsted-weight yarn and larger circular hooks. That is, when I get time to go get some bigger ones! Beginners are just better off using larger hooks and yarn, just like when learning to crochet. Duh, Pam. I'm hoping I'll be able to pick some up while we're gone. I could use more practice casting on anyway just to be sure I have it down. I may not get back to it in earnest until we get back the beginning of November.