I used Simply Caron on for the beanie and the gauge turned out fine. I used Red Heart super saver solids for the hair. I had a hard time with the hair and had to exchange a few messages with the author. I ended up doing 10 ch, sk 9, instead of the recommended ch 8 and sk 7 for the bangs and increasing by one ch when going back to the left. This made it a little less bulky and bunched. I also did ch 9 for the hair instead of ch 8 and went with the ch 9 all around the head, so there was no designated back and my recipient could place the bangs where ever she wanted.