Nov 6, 2016

New Patterns in The Knitted Hat Book

It's finally feeling like Autumn here in Brooklyn, so it's the perfect time to talk about some of my latest patterns featured in a new book titled "The Knitted Hat Book", from Interweave Press.

With 20 fresh new hat designs from a long list of great designers, this book has a little something for everyone. Let me tell you about my own designs featured in the book:

The Duality Watch Cap

This striped unisex hat was designed using two strands of Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Fine yarn held together to create an interesting marled texture effect. I like to wear this hat kind of slouchy, but it looks equally cool with the brim folded up. The fabric is fairly dense, making this a great hardwearing winter piece. I made one as a Christmas gift for my brother-in-law who lives in Chicago, and he loved it. This hat actually inspired my Dolo Mitts pattern and coordinates perfectly.

Here I'm wearing one of my favorite outfits this fall, Escher Cardigan, Duality Watch Cap, and Dolo Mitts. I somehow compelled my dear friend and sometimes photographer Erika Rose to get on the other side of the camera for the picture above. She strongly resists that sort of thing but I think she looks super cool in my Frolic Hat!

Frolic Paper Bag Hat

This interesting hat features an exaggerated drawstring closure at the top, making the gathers into a textural design feature. In the book, they photographed it as a hat to wear with a ponytail, which is actually not something I considered when I created this design, but it works. I love this hat as a lightweight transitional accessory that is comfortable to wear inside as a fashion piece, or outside when it's not quite so cold yet. This pattern is pretty easy, and I would recommend it for beginners or as an enjoyable quick project for any skill level. I used Quince & Co. Finch yarn which has a super crisp look, perfect for this design.

Blossom Appliquéd Hat

This show stopping hat is a vintage inspired piece that prominently features a beautiful 3D flowering vine motif. The hat is worked in bulky yarn, making it a super fast knit. The decorative elements are knitted separately, and sewn onto the hat at the end. While you could theoretically work the floral vine elements in a different color, I love how a monotone palette really accentuates the rich textures, and keeps this piece elegantly timeless. I chose The Plucky Knitter Bulky yarn for this design, and it's absolutely divine.

The book features several other hats that I adore. My friend, Annie Rowden, has a couple super-wearable designs in the book, Locality and Squall, that are definitely worth checking out. I also loved Robin Ulrich's Revolve hat design, featured on the cover.

Heres a link with my affiliate code attached. I hope you will pick up a copy! Any of the projects in this book would make a great handmade holiday gift, and though it's hard to believe, it's just about that time again!


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