Last week I also knitted up a hat to go with my daughter's sunburst coat. I was a bit short on yarn and just barely managed it. However it turned out nice and goes well with the coat.
I finally weaved in the ends on the pullover I was knitting for my daughter. I restarted a project a couple of times to get the design right. Initially I was trying bottom up but later settled for top-down knitting, starting with the turleneck. In the end, it turned out to be a perfect fit and I am very happy with it. I might be writing down the pattern for it.