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Lisa Gentry, a Louisiana resident who grew up in Germany, is a knit and crochet designer and teacher whose work has appeared in books and magazines nationwide. She was awarded the title of "Fastest Crocheter" by Guinness World Records in 2005. Lisa was also once named America's fastest knitter by the Craft Yarn Council of America. In addition to her designs on LeisureArts.com, Lisa's creations can be seen on her Web site, HookandNeedle.com, and on Ravelry.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc. (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609000935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609000936
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've used the crochet edition of this book, and couldn't be happier with it. I've made five of the designs (sometimes in multiples) as well-received gifts, as well as for myself. So I had really high hopes for this knitting book on the same topic, by the same designer.

By sight, everything looks wonderful and beautiful--like hats you would buy from a high-end store, if only you could both afford and find them! But there was something that shocked me right from the beginning as I tried to do one of the patterns. The author left where the increases went, and keeping them in the stitch pattern, up to the knitter. Surprised, I went through the rest of the book and noticed that only one hat pattern (Truly Purple) has the increases already figured out for you. The back of the booklet provides a math equation to figure it out somewhat, but with purchased, professional patterns, I expect the designer to have figured this all out.

After I finally got the increases figured out, I noticed a mistake in the pattern I was following (Fun Stripes). As per the illustration, there's one variant stripe about mid-hat that is made up of two, instead of the normal three, rows. But not if you follow the pattern repeat exactly as stated--it's five that way--rounds 13 and 14 are the contrast color, then you repeat the contrast color for three more rows. I checked for corrections on the official website (something all of us crafters need to diligently do--I'm seeing more and more mistakes in craft books lately), but couldn't find any. This isn't a big mistake, but it's a mistake nonetheless, and because it's a relatively obvious one, it makes me worried about trying other patterns.

It's also important to note that the hats are made on circular and double-pointed needles.
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This pattern book is so much fun! I made the brown cover hat for my nephew in dark navy and he really likes it. I used the same pattern to make a modified black hat for myself. (Instead of knitting to 8.5", I stopped at 5.5" and then worked the crown.) It's perfect to pop on and dash out to do errands when the weather is chilly or if I'm having a bad hair day. I've received many compliments on it. The fit is so nice that I decided to see if my mother would want one. It looked good on her - so she kept my hat! I started knitting another one for myself. It's an easy and fun 2 night project.
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I've already made two of the hats and plan to remake them in other colors. Very nice! Very happy to have found style in these well-written patterns. I made the Cabled Classic in 100% cotton in black and the Truly Purple in a wool/silk blend. Will definitely remake both when I find just the right yarn in a cashmere blend. These are not your run-of-the-mill hat designs. Fun to watch the designs develop as you progress through the patterns. This booklet is a must-have for me!
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This book has very stylish, modern patterns and they're very easy to create. This would make an excellent gift for a young knitters. I wish my instructor would have given me this instead of those clunky old sweater patterns.
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I've knitted many, many hats but love the slouchy style featured in this little book. Every one is different, stylish, and best of all EASY to make!

Instead of searching out different slouch hat patterns from a variety of sources, I now have a great selection in one place. I plan on making each one the book features.
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Fun patterns which have my friends and family putting in 'orders'. Love the beanies for the children, they are inspiring. I have had to knit tension squares as Australian wool is sold in ply, not in weight. For example, most beanies would be in 8ply, which could be an American 3 in some wools or a 4 in others. I am learning to negotiate the recommended wool and convert it into Australian wools.
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Really good as a guild line, but the gauge on these is WAY off. I always have to do a test band to make sure it's small enough for a head. Their "women" sizes that are supposedly 20" end up being around 25. One of my favorite patterns that I've made several hats from says that the small (which should fit me) has a starting cast on of 90 stitches! I make it with 60 instead and just manipulate the pattern as needed.

So overall, it's a great book if you're an intermediate knitter and willing to take the time to make a few samples and do some math. But if not, I'd find a higher quality book elsewhere.
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I was looking for some easy hat patterns to do..these are perfect..easy enough for me as a beginner knitter. My 18 yr old granddaughter has already picked 2 out she wants me to knit. My 9 yr old has also picked one out..and I want one..so guess I will be busy
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