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The Knit Hat Book: 25 Hats from Basic Shapes [Paperback]

Nicky Epstein , Marcus Tullis
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Sept. 5 1997
This is the perfect small-project book for all knitters. Popular knitwear designer Nicky Epstein gives knitters a wide variety of fanciful and stylish hat projects to choose from. There are 25 patterns in all and tips to help readers design their own hats.

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OK everybody, wave your circular needles and raise a cheer for The Knit Hat Book! Nicky Epstein's guide to knitting stylish headgear is perfect for knitters who love shaped knitting and who prefer clear written instructions to graphic charts. Epstein's hat styles are typically classic, and her applique hats, adorned with leaves, flowers and other shapes, are unique and fun.

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Epstein has designed for Threads, Vogue Knitting, Knitter's Magazine, and numerous other publications.

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2.0 out of 5 stars You really can't tell this book by its cover. Dec 28 1999
By A Customer
If you're looking for patterns for hats with a tone similar to those on the cover, this might not be the book for you. A preponderance of the styles inside have quite a different look than those on the cover of the book and are quite fanciful; some have big, craftsy embellishments, for example. Not exactly what I have in mind for wearing to work or even for a hike in the woods. On the other hand, many of the patterns would lend themselves well to leaving off the embellishments or toning down bright colors to produce less playful hats, and the basic shapes of a lot of the hats are very attractive. It would be easy to modify these patterns to a more understated look. For me, the patterns for the two lovely, reasonable hats on the cover were worth the price of the book (considering that you can spend just about the price of this book for only a few single-page hat patterns at a yarn shop).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone! Feb. 20 2001
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I liked this book, although I think is a tad overpriced for it's size--I don't like to see so much empty space in a book. It is a Taunton Press thing, I guess. The instructions are very clear, and I thought the inside designs for the most part (the flower basket hat--yuck--but the flower embellishments would be nice alternatives to pompoms!) were nicer than the cover designs, unlike a previous reviewer. Depending on the yarn used, you could dress up or dress down the hats.
Epstein sprinkles a lot of tips throughout, some in ways that you don't even notice until you look and say "yes, that really does work better that way". This is a good book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven selection of hats. June 11 2004
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The selection of hats is uneven, to say the least. Some hats are very conservative (I would say boring, like the standard watch cap pattern you can get from any book or for free from the internet) but others are quite fanciful, for example, the hat with knitted acorns attached to the top with i-cord, and the pillbox hat that looks like a flower basket. Most are softly shaped as opposed to firmly structured.
I myself prefer highly structured novelty hats with interesting shapes in primary colours (think Anna Zilboorg with colour blocks instead of fair isle), and for me there is not one hat in here that I care to knit. I returned the book the next day.
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