I started knitting with our new Bravo Big Color yarn at the I Love Yarn Day outing last Friday. This is really chunky yarn (200 g skein, $13.95, 6 colors in stock, with a label gauge of 2 st/1 in, 10 mm needles). I chose to knit the Blackcomb hat, pictured here, a free pdf download from the Schachenmayr website (click here). I used 8 mm, 32" circular needles and pulled extra cable out between stitches, a la Magic Loop, so I didn't need to switch to dpns. I have a natural loose tension and used 8 mm in place of recommended 10 mm needles, but I was still ended up with a ribbed band that was 20" around unstretched. I would suggest that you try using a needle at least 1 mm smaller than called for unless you are really tight knitter. To make the band a little more stable, I'd suggest going down another needle size or twisting stitches (knit through the back of the loop) AND doing 6 rounds in ribbing rather than just 5. The pattern calls for 4 repeats of the pattern stitch for the slouchy fit, but you can do 3 repeats and make a more fitted version. Even the slouchy version, as written, uses substantially less than the full ball. The finished hat weighs in at 124 g, with another 15 g for the pompom.Since I was talking and moving around a lot, I lost track of how much time I actually spent knitting, but I'd estimate this is easily a 3-hour project. I made an optional pompom, trimmed it to a rounded shape, and frazzled out the plies.
Fun, fast, and, I think, sure to be a hit this winter...especially with younger fashionistas and fashionistos.