I might be going overboard on the Mario stuff, but they are so fun and cute to make!
I found this web page that had great instructions with pictures for carrying multiple colors aka Fair Isle. It made knitting a pattern with multiple colors easier and it looks cleaner. Plus the edges of the design weren't pulling where I had been changing the colors out! I didn't take into account that when using 4 colors it would add more bulk plus I was a little too tight in my technique so the hat kind of pulls in the middle! OPPS! SO while I had intended for this to be given to one of my adult friends, I think I will give it to one of my 4 or 5 year old friends =)
Its still super cute though!
My flash washed out some of the color but you get the idea!