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for hat lovers, or those who knit a lot of hats for hat lovers
on November 4, 2009
Wow at first sight.
First, it's for hat lovers, or those who knit a lot of hats for hat lovers.
And, if you're new to knitting (or hat knitting), it may overwhelm...
Not saying these are difficult, as they're not - but I wouldn't knit my first hat from this book. (Although, it could provide inspiration to get you knitting a couple of basic hats, and motivate you to try cables, and a few stitch patterns.)
OK, the cover says it all - every hat on the cover is in the book - 40 in all (the cover shows 42 photos, but 2 are repeats).
2 of these are very wide headbands that don't quite cover the crown, but fun and interesting and worthwhile, and on my list.
And there is 1 that is more of a lightweight, triangular scarf that's tied in back (kerchief), but the rest are hats (cap, beret, cloche, bonnet, earmuff, beanie, toque, pillbox, helmet, tam).
Lots of eye-candy and even more inspiration.
For instance, "haughty" has you knitting a tube at the crown (rather than binding off), and then it's threaded thru a buckle and sewn to the hat - wear it with that detail on either side, or front or back - that's up to you.
"theatrical" is an asymmetrical beret that uses size 9 needles - and "aloof" is another beret, but a different pattern, that uses size 2 needles to achieve a softer, floppier look which is less structured than "theatrical".
2 of the patterns are felted (fulled) - "idealistic" and "joyful" - but otherwise completely different from each other.
"SKEPTICAL" is a cap with a visor, and an interesting stitch pattern...
Well, most of these hats are knitted with interesting stitch patterns and/or interesting yarns (meaning weight and texture and colors) to achieve the various looks.
"flirtatious" uses "paillettes with large holes", but it could be altered for beads or buttons.
"high-spirited" is an interesting cap knitted in seed stitch, with an opening in the back for a ponytail.
Yes, I love those hats and more.
No, not every hat in this book is for me (or anyone I currently knit for - like "rebellious" and "austere" - altho it's possible that one of my nieces may feel differently...).
But, those that I don't plan on knitting are, maybe... 8 to 10, at most...
Well, that still leaves at least 30 that I plan to have fun with !
One thing that you may find relevant - I am not a knitter who has to have the yarn that is given in the pattern. I use yarns that I choose... so, it may change the appearance, but that's my choice... I pick a hat that I like and then adjust gauge/pattern accordingly.
But, the yarns and their details and gauges are given (classic elite, plymouth, patons, tahki-stacey charles, blue sky, berroco, rowan, lion brand, etc) - fairly standard, and therefore should be easily obtainable (in my opinion - of course we know that yarns and colors etc are always changing).
I have several hat books, but this is the first one to really excite me - the first one to have so many choices and so much inspiration !
I hope my take on this book helps you make your decision (frankly, if you're a hat person, and don't like this book, I look forward to hearing why...).
(And, I have no affiliation with this, or any other book - just my opinions.)