I bought some Red Heart yarn last year called Team Spirit. This was the Burgundy/Gold combo that made me say "49ers!" when I saw it. Then like most fiber artists I forgot all about it, but when the 49ers made it into the Super Bowl I thought "where's that yarn." Fortunately, it popped right up in my craft room.
My first thought was to try the Beanie on a Bulky pattern now that I have a working ribber or so I hoped. I took my Toyota KS 650 set up down last year as I couldn't figure out why the ribber stopped working. I got a Studio MOD.155 and ribber for a song off Craiglist. The machine has been cleaned, tuned and new sponge bar ready for over 6 months, but just never used the ribber.
Since my last Beanie on a Bulky was a bit big I decided to reduce the number of needles in work to 80 and of course it threw the count off on the instructions I had. I learned a lot doing this pattern a 2nd time. First off my ribber works great. Secondly, using my garter bar for doing the decreases was really hard at first. STEEP learning curve and a bit of what I found out was loud cussing I was able to operate the garter bar for decreases.
Disappointingly the ribbing wasn't stretchy. Could be the stiff Red Heart yarn? Could be that the ribber doesn't do quite as nice ribbing as done by hand. Don't get me wrong we loved the hat and wore it until the end of the Super Bowl and then some. I think my daughter still has it on today as she wouldn't return it to me. I was going to put it away until next football season.
Diana natters on... Short-Rowed Baby Hat. Could doing it on the bulky make it an adult sized hat without having to do many changes to the pattern?
I'm back and powered up. It was Diana's Tam. Not quite the shape I'm looking for at this time, but if you do a search of her site you'll see a lot of fabulous Tams with variegated yarn.