After all that hesitation, I sucked-it-up (princess) and they ended up being quite simple. Honestly, I don’t know why I become so afraid of these things – they are never as difficult as one anticipates.
Despite having two balls of wool, I once again ran out (ARGH!) and had to rip back almost to the ribbing. Even with re-positioning a couple of times the bobbles looked very much out of proportion with the shorter hat – so I eventually left them off.
I suspect I’ll need three balls to get this hat made to pattern, but I’m moving on to this one. There’s a fair bit of unused 8ply lying about.