I was telling the other knitters about this at my last monthly knit night. One of the older and clearly wiser knitters pointed something out to me: that I had been paid quite a compliment! A hand knit hat wouldn't likely be the first choice for a keepsake for most teenage boys. She also very rightly pointed out that the influx of hat requests from his friends is also a compliment. Sometime it is very useful to have a different perspective on things. Thanks, Joan!
My "go to" hat pattern has become this one. I have never made it as written and have never used the original skull, but I have used the basic hat part MANY times.