i used the bernat "mosaic" for the variegated, and a red heart yarn for the solid. the pattern is written to knit flat, but i converted it to in the round.
i knitted all day saturday. literally. after i got home from getting the yarn (for which i had coupons) (it's a $6 hat!), i knitted knitted and knitted. i was still knitting just before midnight.
sunday morning, i got up and made my pompom, sewed it on and steam blocked the top section of the hat. i didn't want the steam anywhere near the ribbing.
this hat was all about the pompom. i really just wanted a hat with a pompom!