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Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps Paperback – November 1, 2006
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"I love Afya's hats. They're like crowns and brims of creativity, of genius, of love--they're soulful, something powerful. You'll gotta know that!" --Common
"Any notion that crochet isn't cool ends right here... Terrific how-to illustrations help first-timers get into the stitching groove while ideas for customizing projects with color, yarn and embellishment are sure to keep you hooked."
"- Crochet Today
""Fashion doesn't have to break the bank: Afya Ibomu shows how a skein of yarn and a crochet hook can inexpensively add spice to your wardrobe. These 20 hats for men and women blend together ethnic style and hip-hop chic while keeping construction a breeze!"
"- Simply Creative Crochet
""Crochet meets fresh, fabulous headwear in this book...no matter what level you are, we won't blame you keep these cool caps all to yourself."
"- Adorn magazine
""Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats and Cool Caps" is a must-have book of patterns for every hat or cap you passed on the street and said to yourself, "I want one of those!" This book includes all kinds of cool hats and caps originally designed by the author, who owns a custom-order, Brooklyn-based crochet business and whose creations have appeared in "Jet" and "Complex" magazines. "Get Your Crochet On!" covers the basic crochet stitches, techniques and tools to get you started. This book hopes to capture and express the fresh and innovative styles of a new generation of crochet artists. --"The Daily Advertiser" - Lafayette, LA
About the Author
Afya Ibomu is a certified holistic health counselor, AADP, and has been a vegetarian since 1990. She previously owned and operated a vegan catering business in Brooklyn, New York, and served as Erykah Badu's nutritionist on tour.
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One comment I've heard on the patterns was "I think I'm the wrong flavor for that" but I'm of the opinion that a closer look and a little time spent on thinking about color and yarn possibilities would open up the possibilities. The granny square cap, for example, done in a solid cream, would be worn by a certain teenager I know who likes to shop at AE, and the soldier style cap would probably have a $50 price tag dangling from it at B*b*. It's easy to choose your own favorite yarns to use with the patterns, which will call for a certain weight of yarn and three colors, without specifying brand or color (she does, in a section in the back of the book, provide information about the yarns she prefers - the easy care, easy to find, inexpensive craft shop standbys like Red Heart, Lion Brand, and Sugar `n Cream). Pattern introductions often include suggestions on how you can make choices to make the pattern your own (how to make the fedora pattern more appealing to the girly-girls, for example), and your own creativity is encouraged. The patterns include a quick, simple bun cover, a standard baseball cap, and styles for those who wear their hair in dreadlocks (like a colorful net tam). The head wrap also has photos showing you how to put it on, and it made me miss having long hair, if only for a minute.
The book includes well-illustrated instructions on the basics of the patterns used (stitches and assembly) and an explanation about gauge. The patterns have written instructions, photos, and some patterns include photos of some of the steps used (like attaching a bill). Instructions on how to add details like earflaps and pom-pons are included. There are no schematics and no symbolcraft is used.
The Kinky Reggae hat pattern is available for free through [...], and if you would like to buy a finished hat, you can do so through [...], which is also a nice way to check out the sorts of hats you can expect to find in the book. The "search inside" feature for this book lets you check out the "getting started" section, covering yarn, hooks, and the basics of crochet.
Little things: hey, Taunton Press, craft books are easier to use if you can lay them out flat! Also, some of the photos weren't very sharp and I think may have been tinkered with, which doesn't really make them sharper, but a little harder to look at.
Overall, an enjoyable book with a friendly, encouraging tone and great patterns. Wrapped up with a couple of skeins of yarn and a hook or two (or the always popular gift card to a yarn shop option), this would make a lovely gift.
A couple cons. Some of the patterns have errors, ones that if you were a beginner crocheter you would be banging your head against the wall. Thank you to ravelry for posting the link to the errata. Adding the elastic is ingenius but was disappointed, yet again, when even this instruction had an error. I fumbled through this step for my first several projects until I joined ravelry. And lastly, it seems some of her patterns don't appear to be what the models are wearing.
If you're looking for a book with funky patterns that will expand your crochet imagination, this book is for you. The patterns and innovativeness make up for the errors.