The stitches weren't as even as I would like.
So, a nice soak and laying out flat to the rescue.
What a difference! I wash the hats that I sell in my Etsy shop, but I usually don't block the sample knit hats that illustrate my patterns.
But I will from now on . . .
By the way, the yarn in this beanie is Premier Yarns Stitch Please, a 100 percent wool chunky yarn. I found it very nice to work with. The colors -- and there are many gorgeous ones to choose -- have cute (punny) names. This camel color is called Thanks a Latte.