One pattern that I happen to love for knitting toques is the Purl Bee's Classic Cuffed Hat. I've adapted this one several times this year to make NHL team hats for my cousins.
My Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames versions (knit in Red Heart Super Saver).
But since I have been wanting to experiment more with creating my own patterns, knitting on the fly if you will. I worked up this purple hat for my cousin Julia, in Red Heart Super Saver variegated purple yarn.
The hat has a knit one/purl 2 ribbed cuff, and spiral decreasing through the crown to give it a less square shape than then Classic hat above.
The variegated yarn gives it a fun coloration, and the larger pom pom suits the hat better I think.
I'm knitting up a second one for myself right now, and writing out the pattern as I go, so I'll be sharing the pattern here in a week or so.