For January the pattern is a basic cabled hat made from bulky yarn. It is written for three sizes and has a simple 6-stitch repeat great for practicing the basics of cabling. You can even knit a band 3-4 inches wide and then bind off in pattern for an ear warmer and not worry about cabling and shaping the crown of the hat at the same time! Make two and substitute all the C2F (cable 2 front or cable 2 left) with C2B (cable 2 back or cable 2 right) to practice both directions of cabling.
The sample above and one display at the shop is knit from Noro Transitions, but you should be able to substitute Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky or Lana Loft Bulky or for extra warm and softness Mist Alpaca’s Chunky would be wonderful.