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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
All of the hats in this book are super cute and sized for both adults and children. All of the patterns look really easy. The one thing I do not like is that all the hats are knit flat and then sewn up the back. I'd rather knit in the round and skip the seams. I haven't looked at all the patterns in extreme detail, but it seems like for most you could sub in another hat pattern and then just add the animal embellishments. Heavy yarns are used, so these should knit up pretty quickly.

Animals included:
elephant
monkey
pig
frog
cat
fox
penguin
chicken
mouse
cow
panda
rabbit
lion
dog
koala

I'm planning on making hats out of this book for my niece and nephew for Christmas. I'll update my review once I've done that.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
The patterns are well written and easy to follow. Some of the needles required are in very hard to find sizes. Make sure you check your gage though. I went to several shops trying to find the right size needles only to find when I did get them that they were too big and I was able to make do with needles I already had. The most difficult thing about these hats is deciding which one to do first. Every pattern is a winner!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
I had a great time paging through the book when it arrived. I knew that I wanted to make the elephant hat. I was disappointed that there were only 2 sizes for the hats. A hat that fits an 8 year old child would be way to big for a 1 year old. So I used the hat pattern from another source and used the book for the ears, trunk and tusks.
It came out great. I'm waiting to see how my grandsons like there matching elephant hats.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
Let me start by saying that there is no question that the patterns in this book are ADORABLE with a capital A. Like grab yarn and needles 10 min after you flip through it and cast on for the Rabbit hat adorable.

However, after having knit through one of the patterns, I have already come across a few issues that make me glad that I took this book for a library test drive and didn't make the purchase.

1. Sizing is definitely off. With the Rabbit, I used a yarn that was slightly lighter in weight and thus went down one needle size. The child's size hat was still too large for my 8 year old (who has a large-ish head and can wear adult hats, BTW)

2. Photos are most definitely stylized and at least some of the hats are not realistic for wearing. The Rabbit ears are SO heavy all they do is hang backwards and pull the hat off my daughter's head. They certainly don't stand up or flop cutely to one side. They are bulky because they are two combined layers of knitting, thus the weight.

3. The hats as shown in the book could NOT have been knit from the patterns as written - at least not for the Rabbit or any of the ear flap hats.
I added 3 rows to the ear flaps (1. because I was using lighter yarn/smaller needles and 2. because they clearly weren't going to look the same as the ones in the photos). Even with added rows, they are still a good 1/2-1 inch shorter than the appearance of the ear flaps in the book (I know the hats are all shown on adults, but the adult size only has 2 rows more than the child size). I had the same issue with the ears. Long and floppy in the book, the ears as written look nothing like Rabbit ears because they are too short.

4. The patterns as written are fussy. No need to knit a hat flat and seam (ever, really). It was a pretty simple fix to knit it in the round though with a little thought.
The decreases are sloppy looking, so I had to tear it out and change that too.
No need to knit the ear flaps in two pieces and seam, especially since they are to be knit from the same yarn. I also did those in the round and then split the stitches as front and back on 2 DPNs and knit one from each needle together to combine when starting the hat portion.

Overall, the hats are really cute, but will need work to make them look like the samples - work you'll have to figure out on your own. I think the Rabbit is a bust with those ears, and the cat is ugly as shown, but I think could be cute with ear flaps like the others, so at my daughter's request, I will try to make her that one. I also have some burnt orange yarn stashed so I may try the fox as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
I picked this book out just before Christmas to make hats for the kids. So far I knitted the Cat and Fox hats, They work up quickly, the patterns are easy to understand and the finished projects have gotten rave reviews.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
I bought this for the picture on the cover and end ed up making the chicken and 4 cats for a children's theatre production. They were perfect. The kids loved them We could see their faces and they were an audience hit.I will be making more for sure- the lion is next.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
I have only made one hat so far- the cat hat. I used the instructions for the adult size and it still came out very small. Check your guage and you may find that you need to add more stiches, or larger needles, than stated.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
Do you have kids or grandkids with a sense of humor? Like to take photos of yourself or your family members in funny hats? Have a bunch of scrap worsted-weight yarn in weird colors? This is the book for you! Why not walk around with a rabbit on your head, or an elephant, or a lion, or even a chicken? Completely ridiculous & for knitters, irresistible. These are all easy knitting projects that don't require a lot of expensive yarn. The book is well worth its very reasonable price.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
Very cute hats. Unfortunately they are made flat and seamed in the back. The patterns would be much better if made in the round.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
If you like to knit w/ heavier gauge yarns and you don't mind using the same basic pattern over and over, it's fine. I wasn't crazy about it, but it doesn't really suit my needs.
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