Hip Knit Hats: 40 Fabulous Designs Hardcover – Oct 1 2005
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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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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.
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.