The Adventures of a Desi Knitter blog is offering this pretty, pretty free knitting hat pattern in downloadable PDF format.
It’s called the Cabled Rangoli Hat, uses only 1.5 skeins of yarn, and looks like the perfect thing for chilly Spring nights. Desi writes:
This hat was inspired by an 8-point lotus-shaped ‘rangoli’ design my mother makes, one of the many rice-powder free-hand designs drawn outside many South Indian homes everyday (with more ornate ones filled with colour for festivals). This is my first attempt at adapting these designs to cabled knits. This is a relatively simple knit, with the same pattern repeated 8 times throughout. The hat begins at the brim and is knit to the crown in the round.