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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (Oct. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579906443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579906443
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 1.7 x 26.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Turner on May 2 2013
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I really like the simplicity of the instruction. It is great to have a book that is so easy to follow. The hats are marvellous and every time I wear one, I receive lots of compliments. If you want a cool book of fun hats this is it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee on Feb. 4 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a book with felted knit hats and this book has several such patterns, along with many other hats. Excellent instructions and I was very pleased with the hats that I made.
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269 of 278 people found the following review helpful
Hip Knit Hats Feb. 26 2007
By Stephanie J. Clubb - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because the hats were so cute. I have made the "Bobbi" hat three times and ripped it apart three times because the bobbles did not line up. I finally decided to look online to see if anyone else had problems with this pattern. I found that the author, Cathy Carron, has posted corrections to 15 of the 40 patterns on her website. Unbelievable. So I now have the corrections and can make the hat successfuly. Also unbelievable is that this is the 4th edition of this book. I will never buy another book by this author again until I read a review assuring me that it is error free.
83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Cute, wearable hats--great instructions--an excellent resource! Nov. 3 2005
By Sharilyn Miller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The knit hats and patterns in this new book really are hip and cool! And that's saying something; most hat patterns I've seen are either dull and uninspiring, or so wildly "out-there" that only a space alien would wear one. Hip Knit Hats manages to avoid either extreme, offering 40 fun patterns for knit hats and caps that are creative, fashionable and flattering.

Excellent tutorials on hat construction and knitting techniques (knitting in the round, casting on with variations, finishing, felting and fulling) lead to unusual embellishment options and then, finally, the hats!

Cute, simple caps are followed by hats with wide upturned brims, caps for guys, a head-hugging cloche, a pillbox hat with darling bobbles, seed-stitch pillboxes, and various berets. I love the "Fabulous Felted" chapter and embroidery techniques offered as well.
60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Love it... Dec 12 2005
By anon-new-yorker - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The great thing about this book is that every project is shown in different gauges and colors. So, if you want to know what a chunky-weight single-color hat looks like in bulky weight yarn and two colors, in many cases you can just turn the page. There are pillboxes, berets, felted hats with felted flowers, hats with ribbing at the bottom, furry eyelash yarn hats, etc. Hats for men and hats for women that are truly wearable! My only critique is that some of the hats are too similar. The hats that are really unique (ex: the bobble hat and the topknot hat) stand out so much that I wanted to see more of them.
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Errors in patterns Jan. 27 2006
By Luna - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The hats in this book are wonderful designs. However, the patterns are riddled with mistakes and it is absolutely necessary to go to the authors Web site to download corrected versions of a number of patterns. I wasted several hours of knitting time before I called the editor and found out about the eratta page. Now I must tear out two rows of knitting and, even worse, an entire row of hard-to-make "babbles" to correct the mistake. I see that the author herself says as much (about the mistakes in the patterns) in the first message on this site. Unfortunately, I didn't see that until it was too late.

If I had known about the mistakes in the beginning, I would have still bought this book because the designs are so inventive and so pleasing. I was also pleased that the author acknowledges the fact that many hat patterns are too small because they are made for an "average" head size of 21" and that she gives instructions for making all of her hats larger. I have knit hats for three people so far and each one has a head size of 22" or 23", so having the larger pattern size has been important.

Again, do buy this book if you're looking for really interesting and lovely knit hat designs. But, if you get the first edition, beware of the many pattern arrors before you begin anything. These will probably be corrected in the second edition.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
The Worst! Nov. 9 2007
By E. LeFebvre - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Without a doubt, this is one of the worst knitting books available
currently (outside of K. Bartholemew, who does not provide the yardage
you need for a pattern for the "common people"-apparently, the task would be too pedestrian).
For example, the instructions for each hat states that you should cast on 12 stitches. Reasonable. Then for row two, you K1, make one, which will result in 18 stitches. What?!!!! If you knit one, make one
with 12 stitches you end up with 24. Horrible directions. She talks
about doing some kind of wrapping of needles that is so confusing you
wonder where her head was when she wrote the directions. This
book has wonderful hats. The directions are deplorable. Her directions
are not sensible and overall, terrible. Buy this book if you
want to become completely frustrated OR encouraged. This book is a
testiment that anyone without sense or experience can publish.
I have tried repeatedly to contact the author to ask for clarity. She
never responded. I tried the publisher and her personal email. She doesn't have to care as she is making money - shame on me for being dumb enough to purchase her book.