After a couple of miscues on the pattern (my fault not the authors) I powered through the remaining flat portions of the pattern.
I found the brim portion to be a bid fiddly but I persevered. All I have left is to seam the back, knit the ribbed side face panels, and finally sew down the brim. I cannot wait to finish this one, both so I can give this to the recipient and so I can finally be rid of this knit!! I hope to have some later tonight to officially put this one in the FO column!
Oh and weave in all those pesky ends, of which there are a lot. Oh so close but yet so far…..