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Hip Knit Hats: 40 Fabulous Designs Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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The good news about this book is that it has instructions for some of the cutest hats, caps, and berets ever pulled together for a knitting collection. The not-so-good news is that most of the projects are done in the round on double-pointed needles, which tends to scare off less-experienced knitters. Carron makes a game effort to explain the techniques, and it is possible from the sharp photo illustrations to get the general ideal, but whether a knitter could actually learn how to do this kind of knitting from a book is debatable. Still, these projects are so enticing (and fashionable!) that many will want to try. Special attention is given to a discussion of various types of yarn, and there are also explanations of related techniques such as felting. Unlike many hat instructions, these come in two sizes, medium and large. Ilene Cooper
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My only critiques are the number of printing errors (the author has posted errata at [...]) and the lack of details in the instructions describing the methods of casting on. I would love to do the wrap method, but just can't figure out which end of the yarn goes where and what order to work the needles.
This book, in terms of stylish variety and creative ideas, is one of my favorite knitting pattern books. The other one is Scarf Style (you can find some great scarves to go along with the hats!).
But as an experienced knitter who still has problems following patterns (just what KIND of "make one" did the designer mean??), I found the directions for the two hats I've knitted (VALERY, the one on the cover and DUNCAN) simple and easy to follow. I've made both hats several times. They knit up quickly, they look just as good as the photos in the book, and they fit beautifully. In fact, the first time I tried on my finished "Valery" hat, my daughter exclaimed, "It looks just like the hat in the book!" With these two hats, I found I could almost follow the pattern by looking at the photograph, they were so intuitive.
After a long hiatus from knitting, I needed to make a hat for a friend. I searched high and low for weeks for hat patterns that were simple, quick and beautiful. I was surprised at the dearth of easy-to-follow yet attractive patterns.
This book was the only one that had several simple yet lovely hats, with no silly "things" on them. It features designs that don't rely on a bunch of faddish novelty yarns, yet offers enough variations and color choices to keep me knitting and knitting and knitting. I've already made and given away four of the hats in the book, and every recipient has LOVED them.
I love the simple guide that showed me how to combine various weight yarns to get the gauges noted in the patterns.
I love the variations suggested, in yarns, colors, patterns. I love that the gauge was provided for each yarn, so I didn't have to track down a specific yarn to make a substitution.
I love that the book itself is beautifully photographed, with lots of good images of the finished hat, and images of hats in alternative yarns and colors.
The "Duncan" hat is so simple, and I can't wait to try the designer's suggestion to experiment with different patterns and textures on the brim.
I admit I didn't like how the start of the hat looked with my usual two-strand cast-on--a bit too bulky to lie flat on top. I might still be doing it wrong! I ended up unraveling that first row when I finished, and simply sewing it up with the yarn end. It looks fine this way.
Again, perhaps not a beginner book, with the difficult cast-on and 4-needle technique. But a breath of fresh air for knitters with moderate skills who want something simple yet different AND attractive.
Also, and probably my favorite part of this book, is that they make every hat in two or three different yarns so you can see what the different effects will be. I expect this book to be my new go to book for any hat I want to make. I probably still won't make the ones on the cover.
I would not only recommend this book, I would give it as a present to any avid yarn geek!