When I made Rikke and Kat for my mom and my sister for Christmas, I threatened to make them for myself at some point.
This is sooner than I thought I'd manage, but here's the problem--much as I love my Ripley, it doesn't really cover my ears and so is more of a Fall or Spring hat and not so much of the deargodit'ssnowingagain kind of hat that I require this winter.
I recognize that I could, you know, wear one of my many other thousands of hats, but that's not how a knitter solves problems, now is it?
This Rikke differs from my sister's in just about every way possible and still be a Rikke. It's knit in worsted weight yarn--super soft Dream in Color Classy with cashmere--and I cast on only 96 stitches. I went up two needle sizes, and knit two inches shorter than the original before starting the crown decreases.
I find it more comfortable than the original. Hannah's was a little heavy and a little loose on me, and this stays on better while still not squishing my head. On the other hand, I like the color of hers better, though this green goes better with my scarves and shawls, and I like how many more wonderful ridges she has. It's a trade-off.