I have a new pattern out and it's a hat! Meridian Hat is a companion piece to the Meridian Shawl that came out last fall.
Each design features an easy to memorize braid cable that looks complicated but is only four rows! the Meridian hat was knit out of Shalimar Yarns in their Breathless base which is a Merino, Cashmere, & Silk blend. This fingering weight yarn was so nice to knit with! The FO has amazing drape and feels so good but still enough structure that the cables show well and the hat hasn't stretched out.
I would personally choose to knit something like this in a solid or semi-solid. Almost all my test knitters went the opposite direction and chose variegated and they look amazing! You can check out their projects here to take a look at their ideas.
You can pretty much pick any kind of fingering weight yarn and have a great project. I would advise against a full out self patterning or 100% cotton (not enough memory), but have a stash dive and take a look!