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Hat Heads: 1 Man
+ 2 Knitting Needles = 50 Fun Hat Designs
Trond Anfinnsen, aka KNITKID
Did you add colorwork
to your list of knitting goals for 2011? If you did, this
book is the perfect jumping off point. It gives you a chance
to try a small color project, nothing too daunting. This
is an easy, interesting read – giving you knitting instructions,
history/geography lessons, biographical information, and
a couple hours of enjoyment looking at his beautiful creations.
This is not only a book of patterns, but it is an introduction
to the family, friends, and neighbors who inspired these
beautiful designs. Each hat was designed to match the personality,
warmth, and essence of the recipient.
The book contains chapters
discussing, yarn, sizing, tools, and help techniques. The
designer also included a chapter on designing and another
that explains, in detail, how to decrease the crown using
his formula. The decrease formula is: the number of stitches
minus twelve divided by six equals the number of stitches
between each decrease. Did you get that? The book is also
indexed. The patterns are simply written, each with a chart
and a color picture of the completed project. I was impressed
with the size of the book---large enough to easily read
and see the pictures, but small enough to fit into your
Trond says, “The purpose of this book is to inspire you
to knit one of the hats presented or-even better- to design
one of your own.” He achieved one of his purposes with me.
I immediately got yarn, needles, etc. and began my project.
I decided to try Torunn, page 56. Trond said during his
“knittingmania period”, he admits to knitting three hats
a day. So I decided to see what I could do. I cast on at
1:00 PM. By 5:00 p. m. it was apparent that I was not knitting
at 3-a-day speed, so I took a break. I had done a lot of
knitting, but the small needles did not produce much fabric.
Because our Guild donates
so many hats, I decided this book would be a good resource
for our library; we have one copy. It is especially appropriate
at this time because of our 2011K12K Challenge.
It will provide you with additional ideas for hats and it
will help you to meet your goal of attempting a colorwork
You can view Trond's projects
on Flickr; he's KNITKID.
You can also browse the book on Amazon.com.
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