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The Knitted Hat Book: 20 Knitted Beanies, Tams, Cloches, and More Paperback – September 16, 2016
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Interweave is one of the nation's largest publishers of craft books, magazines, and video content. Founded in 1975 by Linda Ligon, Interweave specializes in the areas of knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, mixed media, beading, jewelry, spinning, weaving, and fiber arts. Interweave ranks as one of the top craft publishers in the United States and its books, magazines, and videos are available worldwide.
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The book is available in soft cover and digital format. I received the soft cover version for review and was pleased with the quality of cover, which is bound with a scored edge, so your book stays open to your pattern page. As usual, with an Interweave publication, the book is printed on high quality paper and easy to read fonts. This is a book their customers will use over and over again, so it’s made to last. Of course, you want to see each project from all the angles before you choose to make it. So, they have provided lots of full color photos, showing front, back, side, and crown. With a few exceptions, there is no guessing what the finished hat should look like.
Most of the hats are a variation on the traditional stocking cap, or watch cap, although they favor calling them beanies. There is a watch cap with the cuffed brim, which can be turned down over the forehead and ears for added warmth. And there are a couple of toques, barely discernible from the ubiquitous beanie. I particularly like the lace tam. For variety, there are also a couple of cloches and a kerchief.
There is some confusion in the naming and describing the hats, One of the pattern descriptions uses three different terms to describe the type of hat. I particularly noticed the word “slouchy” when describing a hat that had no slouch at all. The hats for one of the models all seem to be too small and the focus on one of the hats is not sharp. This is a disadvantage not only to the reader, but unfair to the model and the designer.
Overall, this is a good basic hat book that has something for knitters on all skill levels. It would be a good addition to the hat section for anyone who’s building a knitting library.
My favorites are:
Sunshine Lace Kerchief – This project will make a nice warm weather project for a beginner. It’s a good option over a headband for summer. it looks like a little cap when tied at the back with the little circular center sitting at the base of the neck. It reminds me of the caps that Amish women wear. It has a simple lace pattern that repeats symmetrically. So, if you’ve tried a few patterned knit stitches and are ready to try lace this is a good starter project. The one challenge is that you have to change to double pointed needles (DPNs) for closing the crown. There are no instructions on using DPNs, so do watch a video or refer to a good knitting technique book before you start.
Frolic Paperbag Hat – I recommend this project for young knitters. They will enjoy wearing it with the ponytail coming out of the top. I think I might try that myself. I still like to do fun things with my hair! It is worked flat and seamed into a tube shape during finishing. For a beginner it is a good chance to learn mattress stitch, which will be so important for more advanced projects later on. The ends are whip stitched on the inside, which anyone with a little sewing experience will know how to do. And I-cord is not a necessary skill for making the ties. It’s easy and fun and the possibilities for changing the stripes or even adding your own embellishments are endless.
Sterling Lace Tam – This project is for an intermediate or advanced knitter. If you haven’t knitted lace before, try knitting a swatch from the chart to see if you can manage following it. The pattern starts in the center and increases as you knit outwards, so you will not be able to read your knitting as you go along. The tam shape is quite different from a stocking cap. Instead of a long tube, it is knit as a flat circle until you reach the maximum diameter, much like a doily.
I have rated it a four only because of the nomenclature issues and a few editing problems. Overall, it's a great basic hat book for all knitting levels. Joy Harmon