Do I really even have to put crochet in the title anymore? I suppose you can pretty much figure that when I make a hat, it's been crocheted.
I also couldn't get the brim to look right using the pattern I had. I tried 5 different ways of adding the brim, but I ultimately settled on this youtube demonstration by bobwilson. I really like her videos. They are modern designs and she does a really great job of explaining all the steps in all of her demonstrations. I'm still not convinced the brim looks exactly as it should, but it's much better than what I started with. I even had to try this one 3 different times to get it to look like this. I'm not sure if blocking it will give it just the right look or not, but it's worth a try. I will just have to keep working the idea until I find something that makes it look just right.
ps. I just picked up the Holiday 2011 issue of KnitSimple at the library and Vickie Howell is on the cover. In her interview, she explains how her mother tried to teach her to knit when she was younger but she hated it. She says she favored crochet and it wasn't until she was in her twenties that she learned to appreciate knitting. If I just learned to crochet a month ago and favor crochet over knitting now, I should learn to appreciate knitting by the time I'm 50.