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Cute, but patterns and samples don't match
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.