I finally finished stitching in the ends on both of my Slouchy Mama hats and found a head to model them.
I didn't like the look of the X, but I liked the look of the hat in general.
So I made another one. This time I changed the decrease pattern from *K2tog, k to last two stiches on needle, ssk* to *k2tog, k until middle of needle (start with 6, then decrease by one stitch each row), k2tog, k to end of needle*. This gives the more common "swirly" pattern. I like it much better.
Think I'll keep this one. We'll see where the spare goes.