First, the facts:
Author: Cecily Glowik Macdonald and Melissa Labarre
Published by: Interweave Press, 2011
Type: Hat Patterns
No specific chapters, just list of the patterns.
Pattern Size Range: Adult-sized hats
The In-Depth Look:
The authors write: “We love knitting hats. They are small, portable projects, great for tucking into your everyday bag and knitting on trains and buses. Hats are the perfect little knits for passing time in waiting rooms or stitching during meetings. Hats provide the opportunity to try new techniques without committing to a bigger project, such as a sweater. They allow us to indulge in luxury yarns that we might not invest in for larger projects. Best of all, hats can be quickly knitted and make great handmade gifts. As designers, we find ourselves casting on for hats when we need a break from that never-ending sweater. We make them as large swatches for a stitch pattern we’ve wanted to try. We cast on again and again, never tiring of the near-instant gratification that knitting a hat provides.”
Well, knit hats crush my curly hair, and don’t always keep my head as warm while walking the dog on a brisk, wintry day as I’d like (all those little gaps between stitches, you know). But I do admire a nice knit hat when I see them, and there’s no arguing this collection is full of them.
Of the 25 patterns in this book, most are of the beanie variety–fairly close-fitting, basic hats–but with an assortment of stitches, textures, and colors to keep them interesting. There are also some berets (better for curly hair, incidentally), cloches and toques (like particularly tall beanies with a gathered top). Some of the hats are quite obviously for women, but I’d say at least a third of them would work equally well for men though only three are actually modelled by men. None are specifically designed for children, but since their heads are proportionately large … well, that’s workable.
Really, this is a great collection of fast hats–well worth the look (which you can do here, at Amazon).
This review copy was kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!