Ada has already outgrown her ear flap hat and I found a super cute pattern for a hood type hat. I made two of them. One for me and one for her. I used different yarn so they don't match but I don't think I'm the type to get all matchy matchy with my kids. I LOVE this pattern. It is easy easy peasy and would be a great beginner pattern to try for those intimidated by hats or knitting in the round. The majority of the hat is knit on straight needles and the back joins in the round with simple decreases. The pattern, called Capucine, is available here free for download via Ravelry.
This hat is easily knit in a few hours. Give it a shot!