I did a pony tail hat for my daughter. No pattern- just cast on 80 stitches and knit the ribbing solid before I began the stripes. She liked it.
I decreased at the top, leaving a pretty big hole for the pony tail, and then added an inch of ribbing and it was done. Now I am casting on for another. Just two colors, fo her husband.
I did use more than two colors and it is a bit jog-gy. but I like the results. the next one is just two colors.
I found a few 9ahem0 zauerballz in my stash, otherwise known as my house, and may try the mits next, Although we will be digging out from a few feet of snow soon so I may need mittens instead.