Eventually I have got it right. The earflap hat! On the pattern there are 3 versions. I was making the man' version, and wondering why it was working out wrong. Wrong yarn/needles combo. It is always experimental changing USA patterns to UK ones.
However, I have got the size right!!!!!! Yay!!!!
The only thing missing now is a BIG pompom on the top, as Oliver says it HAS to have one.