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45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit [Paperback]

Anna Zilboorg
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Anna Zilboorg is the kind of artist and craftswoman who comes along only rarely. Her previous book, Fancy Feet, integrated a unique color creativity with traditional fiber folk traditions of Turkey. In 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats to Knit, she presents nine basic hat shapes, from a fairly standard (but colorfully interpreted) beret to amazing geometric structures such as an onion dome and a six-pointed star (knitted in two layers). Enjoy breaking the constraints of knitting "normal" hats and set yourself free. For those who really want to follow directions, Zilboorg's charts are unusually clear and her directions are brief and uncomplicated.

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Zilboorg's earlier Fancy Feet: Knitting Patterns of Turkey (Lark, 1994) was notable for its lack of "fluff"?just gorgeous patterns, simply presented. Now Zilborg uses the same approach with knitted hats. All manner of exotic, richly patterned woolen caps are included, among them toques, berets, Egyptian hats, and onion domes. Basic instructions for each type of hat; full-color, one-page photographs; and charts for each design variation fill the book. Highly recommended for those knitting collections catering to the experienced knitter.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, Cheerful Inspiration Feb. 21 2001
By Lilinah
If you like knitting in the round or making small portable projects, this is an excellent book. I'm a beginning knitter - I have only been knitting 6 months and am completely self-taught - and I've made several hats from this book, adapting head bands from one, body patterns from another, and shapes from a third, in my own colors. While there may be nine basic shapes, the permutations are much greater than the 45 in the title.
The charts are clear and helpful (I gather there are minor problems with some, but I haven't had any trouble deciphering them). Zilboorg gives clear directions for various types of beginnings and finishings. As a neophyte, I found them easy to follow.
Each hat took a couple evenings and was quite enjoyable to do. The shapes and colors are uplifting and lots of fun to knit and to wear. I've been recommmending this book to people who have admired my knitting. And wearing one of these hats is a great way to brighten your day and keep you head warm at the same time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Hats, little instruction Jan. 30 2001
By A Customer
I kept my copy, because the hats are prettty to look at and someday I might try one (maybe not now that I've read about the errors here on Amazon) but I can understand why someone would be frustrated enough to return this. You don't buy a cookbook without recipes. The point of having patterns/recipes is so that you can replicate something you like. It is not a crime, really, no matter what people who read the Zimmerman books might say.
Not everybody likes charts. I am sorry, but it's the truth. It would not kill these authors to write things out, at least ONCE and please do not whine that it would add to the cost of the book. It doesn't have to, and hey, we have computers now, it's not like you're scribing these books on parchment with a quill pen by candlelight.
There, now that that's out of my system, I would still say to buy the book (though it is somewhat overpriced considering you get such little guidance and that there really are only 9 hats with variations), but it is NOT for beginners, and NOT for those who have better things to do than figure out badly written charts/instructions, even if they DO know how.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste of My Time June 24 2000
This book does not have 45 hats in it, it has 9 hats (berets, toques, cones, stars, Egyptian hats, onion domes, stacked hats, Angela hats - like toques with long rectangular straps hanging from the crown, and pentagons) interpreted in several different color designs each. Although the cost of this book was many times the price of a single pattern, I bought the book because I couldn't find a single onion dome pattern. Well, the "patterns" are really just color charts for the designs she used. Sample instructions for the onion dome hat (instructions are the same for all 5 onion dome hats): "Cast on the number of stitches indicated on the chart using a 16" circular needle....Work the desired band....Follow the chart for the bottom of the hat. Repeat the band. Work the top chart...when you finish the chart, change to the color you want for the ball [pompom or tassel]...then make the ball as instructed on page 11." This is not what I consider a knitting pattern and I'm sending it back to Amazon.com in Monday's mail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE This Book! Jan. 17 2004
This is one of my very favorite knitting books! The colors and designs are gorgeous, the format is pleasing, and I just love to look at the pictures for color inspiration. I am a somewhat experienced knitter, I love knitting in the round (no seams to sew after the project is finished!) and I love to make colorful hats, which I sell at crafts fairs, so for me it's a perfect book. All the designs use worsted weight yarn and #7 or 8 needles, so the hats knit up fast.
I agree however that it's not ideal for knitting beginners, although with hands-on help from a more experienced knitter it should be possible. I have come across some minor errors - another reason it's more appropriate for non-beginners.
But otherwise I highly recommend it to anyone looking for fun, colorful, fast knitting projects. I make them for my friends, who love them. As Anna says in her introduction, you're doing the world a favor when you make these hats, because they make people smile!
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I love this hat book above all the others I own. The shapes are really special--everything from a simple beret, to a domed tam-o-shanter, a pentagonal tam and a wild and silly eared model that is inspired by those goofy polar fleece ski hats.
Anna Zilboorg loves the colors and patterns of Turkish knitting, where positive and negative shapes intermingle in an eye-teasing way. Her color sense is wonderful--she knows how to take the richest shades and create stunning results. Her use of bobbles to add texture can be employed for other types of knitting, so this book is instructive for anyone who designs their own sweaters, mittens, gloves or even afghans.
I never get tired of looking at this book, and the hats make some of the best gifts you can imagine. A must-have for hat knitters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended if... May 28 2003
-You love to work in the round in multiple colors
-if you are looking to practice your fairisle technique on small
-are comfortable working entirely from a chart
-are happy to choose your own colors without any specific
These hats are sized to fit a medium adult woman, made on a
circular size 7 or so needle with worsted weight yarn. Size
adjustments are recommended by changing the size of yarn and/or
needles or for extremely large, adding repeats. The techniques
required aren't overly difficult- two color work, simple increases and
decreases. If you like Anna Zilboorg's other works, for example
Simply Socks, do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good hats for Canadian weather
These hats are good looking and warm at the same time especially when it's windy.
They are perfect for Canadian weather.
Published 5 months ago by ute zell
2.0 out of 5 stars You'd better like fair isle knitting...
I bought this book for its variety of hat shapes and was hoping to knit them in solid blocks of colour rather than in stranded fair isle. Read more
Published on June 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, and not too hard, even for me
I used to knit a lot, but then I quit. Now I've just picked up knitting needles for the first time in 30 years. Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Peggy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Good instructions for me !
It is a good hat knitting book for me . Because it provides clearly instructions , and the pattens are really beautiful .
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by "chris_cheung"
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual hats, gorgeous colors
Well, this isn't a standard hat book. And not every hat will work for everyone (I found the Toque too small, the onion too big, but gauges vary. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2001 by Joanna Daneman
3.0 out of 5 stars ***OUT OF THIS WORLD***
Published on Oct. 11 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a real WINNER!
When I'm not using this book to knit one of Anna's delightfulhats, I'm using it for inspiration, or for just the sheer pleasure Iget from looking at the pictures over and over... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 1998
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