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About the Author

TROND ANFINNSEN, also known as “Knitkid,” is a journalist and musician who taught himself to knit in 2006. He has since made more than 200 one-of-a-kind hats for friends, family, and lucky people around the world. You can find him at www.knitkid.no and knitkid.blogspot.com. Trond lives in Stavanger, Norway. This is his first book.

KLAUS NILSEN SKRUDLAND is a freelance photographer, musician, and registered nurse who has no idea how to knit. He lives in Stavanger, Norway, with his dog, a black Labrador named Zanto. You can find him at lapsklaus.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823092364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823092369
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this book last week, from pre-order. I would have bought this book in a B&M store, as any collection with one good pattern is worth the selling price. That being said, that's exactly what this book provides--one good pattern. The author uses only three yarns, two worsted and one which he states is chunky. I have completed one hat in chunky weight and sized in medium. If I use that pattern again, I will make substantial changes to the basic concept, including larger needles, more stitches and spacer rows between the pattern rows. As for the worsted weight patterns, he starts with size 1 (US) needles, casting on 96 stitches for a large hat. In comparison, another hat I have made several times begins with 120 stitches on size 4 needles for a medium. None of the patterns include a cuff long enough to turn up and all have the same rounded unadorned crown. Most of the 50 hats are simple 1:1 ribbing and stockinette; they differ only in the graphic strip.
I have several books of hat patterns and if you want variety without absurd adornments, look at Hip Knit Hats from Lark Books, available here.
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As others have noted, this book offers a variation on one pattern, in three yarns. Most of the patterns are a variation of either solid or striped, with a fair isle motif around the band, or not. Some patterns have k/p spirals, or k/p rib combinations. Don't buy the book if you expect a large variety of hat patterns. Having said that, I rate this as 4 stars because of the non-knittery to knitter journey that is documented on these pages. In a few short years, the author went counter-culture and learned to knit (though he describes the rich knitting history of Norway, he notes that most males don't knit there) and his journey to make hats for everyone in town (practically). I found the anecdotes amusing, the photos rich, and when I passed the book to my husband to pick out a few good beanie patterns that he'd like me to make, he was so taken by the images that he couldn't concentrate on the hats themselves (he says that it was the "viking gene pool" that fascinated him most). Verdict: a nice book to have to look at, and to be inspired by ... I have to admit that I'm thinking of all the hats I should be making for my family and friends now (maybe this year for Christmas ...).
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By E. Murphy on September 10, 2009
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I agree with the two other reviewers... this book is variations on a theme. You really get an accurate representation from the cover so I can't blame anyone but myself for buying it. But I got it for half price used so I guess it's worth that.

So, in short, all the patterns are beanies. It's kind of a diary of "what kind of hat did I knit for each of my friends/family". A person is named and their particular awesome-ness is described. Then there's the pattern for their hat. Pretty much all basic stockinette with some sort of intarsia design. The majority of the hats sport this design in a band around the bottom. A few are ribbed. There are some others that are more complicated but, for the most part, they differ only in sometimes creative use of color; stripes in various directions, etc.

I'd recommend trying to borrow this book from a friend or the library. There will probably only be a handful of patterns you'd actually want to use. This book would be a better blog, with all the patterns available individually. I don't think they're bad patterns, they just don't rate their own book.
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I actually like this book, it does give you a incentive to get creative with knowledge of just a few techniques. There are errors though. I've made 3 hats from this book so far and two of them had errors. I first made the spiral hat that is shown on the cover. Even though I had the correct gauge suggested in the pattern the hat was sized more for a very small child, not a medium adult. I switched my needle from size 4 to 5 which remedied the problem but also the pattern itself asks you to purl when beginning to use the brown color yarn but in fair isle knitting, if you purl in the same line with other color, it will ruin the look of a clean stripe by adding spots of color where they should not be. Of course the easy fix to this is to knit with all the color changes on the first round and then proceed to follow the pattern but I don't think a beginner knitter would figure that out. Also in doing the "mom" hat, the pattern is supposed to create a spiral but alas, it doesn't spiral. Perhaps he left out a step again? I still can't figure it out. I noticed other knitters recommended this book for beginners but I think beginners would be confused by this book. With all the errors, and no explaination of fair isle knitting which is an essential skill in a book like this...I'd say it's good for knitters who can problem solve or are patient enough to problem solve.
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hat heads is one of my favorite knitting books. i love it as much for the gorgeous portraits (of equally gorgeous people) by klaus nilsen skrudland, as for the inspiration found on every page. trond anfinnsen aka "knitkid", learned to knit just four years ago. he shares the knowledge he's learned from knitting over 200 hats. there are many hat designs to choose from and he shows how to chart and design your own personalized patterns, theres a useful decreasing formula and a really cool way to store needles.

this book is filled with much more than patterns and know-how, it's filled with genuine warmth and love.
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