I have this goal (like SouleMama) of making a beanie for my hubby every year. He is a man that likes a good beanie. The one I made last year got only moderate use - there were complaints of it not being warm enough so I set out for a super warm hat. It was also suggested that it should cover the ears.
The Christopher hat was perfect - very simple, but double layered for warmth and mostly covering the ears. I had never knit a hat like this. Its basically two hats connected at the lower border. You start at the top of one and knit all the way through until the top of the other - super easy, but now reversible and thicker! I LOOVE Jane Richmond's patterns - she uses affordable yarn so you can easily use what the pattern calls for and the patterns I've used are really easy, but way cute.