I really love to knit hats, and this booked seemed like a treasure trove. However, as has been pointed out, the designs on the cover are really cute, but the majority of patterns inside are (to my tastes) rather unattractive. *However*, as the author herself states, play around with the patterns. Embellish them, change or adapt them. It's a wonderful book for experienced hat knitters to toy around with. Many of the patterns could easily be adapted. However, for beginning hat knitters, I would recommend Hats On! by Charlene Schurch.