I guess you can't really see it in that picture, but the thing is positively baggy on my poor dh (who is so obliging about my blogging - and knitting - weirdnesses).
Here's the second one:
Fits better around, but too long.
I followed the pattern on length. Really. Dh insists it is fine, but I think he just wanted me to stop griping about the hat.
I am, however, very pleased with the herringbone braids I used to finish them: