Hip Knit Hats Review
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The weather’s getting colder, and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to start knitting hats. They’re quick and easy projects that you can make for everyone on your holiday gift list—or to match every outfit in your closet. And if you’re truly a Hat Person (someone who has a hat for every occasion), you’ll be in Hat Heaven when you pick up Cathy Carron’s Hip Knit Hats.

Before diving into the patterns, Carron goes over the basics, as well as a few additional hat-making tips. She gives instructions for special techniques, like felting, knitting with beads, and a special cast-on for top-down hats (which make up the majority of the patterns in the book). She also provides a few patterns for floral embellishments to add to your hat. And she gives suggestions for choosing the perfect hat to compliment the shape of your face.

Then come the patterns. The book features 40 hat designs in four categories: Caps, Berets and Tams, Witty Knits (for a little something different—but nothing too out there), and Fabulous Felted. Carron provides patterns in two sizes for each hat (medium or large, for those with bigger-than-average heads) and gives plenty of variations—different colors, weights of yarn, and embellishments—to add a little character to each hat you make.

If you’re a casual hat knitter, this book isn’t a must-have. You’ll be able to find a good pattern or two in other, more general knitting books. But if you love hats, you’ll want to check it out. You probably won’t like every pattern—but you’ll definitely find something for everyone. There are casual hats and dressy hats and beaded hats and traditional hats (and even hats with, gulp, fun fur). There are hats for the newest knitters and hats for those who are looking for a new challenge. And while some of the patterns look quite similar, there’s still more than enough variety to keep hat lovers happy.

If you’re sick of the same old hat pattern you’ve been using for years, Hip Knit Hats provides plenty of alternatives to make hat-knitting interesting again. And not only are they interesting, but they’re quick to knit, too. Many of the hats in this book are made with bulky (or even super-bulky) yarns—so you’ll have no problem knitting up a bunch in time for the holidays.

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