45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit Paperback – Dec 31 1999
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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.
From Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
-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!
Most recent customer reviews
Enjoy colour and I'll be well served. Lots of fun knitting these hats.Published 14 months ago by Sylvie Verville
These hats are good looking and warm at the same time especially when it's windy.
They are perfect for Canadian weather.
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 morePublished on June 14 2004
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 morePublished on June 13 2003 by Peggy Vincent
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by Joanna D.