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Monday, November 13, 2006

Book review: Hat's off!

I first saw Hip Knit Hats: 40 Fabulous Designs, by Cathy Carron, at a meeting of my local knitting group last April. One woman brought it to show everyone, and during the evening it was passed around. I had flipped through it for all of three seconds before I knew that this book was a must-have for my knitting library. After I wiped my drool off the cover and handed the book back to its owner, I didn't think about it much until recently, though (really--who gives a lot of thought to knitting hats during the summer, right?), when I spied it at my local library. So I brought it home to take another look and make sure that it is as good as I remembered it was.

This book was everything I remember--and more. I didn't even bother putting post-its on here, 'cause I know I will be getting this book soon.

For anyone who says, "I can't wear hats! I look terrible in there!" there is a very useful discussion at the beginning of different face shapes (round, oval, etc.), with hat suggestions for each type. I was also glad to see minimal basic knitting instructions at beginning. (One pet peeve of mine is when pattern books have dozens of pages of basic instructions. Leave that stuff to the beginngers' books and reference books!) Another handy feature is a chart describing how to combine different weights of yarns to get the weight you want. Want to use up some stash yarn, anyone?

There are lots of different types of hats in here: caps, berets, buckets, and more. There is sure to be a hat (or two or three...) for everyone. I am eager to try my hand at several of these patterns. With luck, I'll have them ready for next winter...

N.B. If you get this book, check with the publisher (or in online forums for knitters) about errata. A previous borrower of this book printed out (on a computer) corrections and very carefully taped them in place over what I'm guessing are incorrect directions. There were a number of these "corrections" in place when I looked through the book. I don't know if they are accurate or not, because I didn't try any of those patterns.

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