Item description for Folk Hats: 32 Knitting Patterns & Tales from Around the World (Folk Knitting series) by Vicki Square...
With 30 completely original patterns for fun and functional hats, this globe-trotting collection presents clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions for knitters of all skill levels. History and folklore from the hat's country of origin accompany each project. Included are felted cowboy hats, festive hats from Cameroon and Japan, historic derbies from around Europe, a beaded cloche from Afghanistan, warm cossacks from Russia, and darling baby bonnets from Nigeria and China. Each unique topper is an item of style and of substance. The imaginative and versatile designs and range of yarns and techniques put a new spin on the standard hat pattern and reinterpret these folk classics for modern knitters.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 28, 2005
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 1931499632 ISBN13 9781931499637
Availability 0 units.
More About Vicki Square
Vicki Square is the author of "Folk Bags," "Folk Hats," and the bestselling "The Knitter's Companion" and has taught knitting for more than 10 years at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Folk Hats: 32 Knitting Patterns & Tales from Around the World (Folk Knitting series)?
love this book Jan 31, 2007
loads of wonderful things to knit in this book, just wish it was cold for longer so I can get wear them all
Fun, interesting, and different Sep 22, 2006
I bought this particular book because I wanted guidance in making brimmed hats. I don't expect to be felting much but the patterns will be a place to start. What I liked about Vicki Square's book, as opposed to some other hat books, is that each of the hats is significantly different from the others that I think I'm getting my money's worth. Many of the hats are shapes I wouldn't have thought of myself.
True, I won't knit any of them in the exact colorways or details shown, and I may omit a few of the "finishing" touches. But in the world of "people will put anything on their head (E. Zimmerman)," these are pretty cool. I have a feeling I'm going to have to make a frontier in lace for myself... but then, I run to the exotic.
Point, however: I bought the book for the suggestions and direction and I haven't knitted a pattern as written, and probably never will. Can't offer any guidance about how easily one can follow these patterns.
What's Under the Hat? Jul 6, 2006
Knitting is a new passion for me. History is an older passion. This book contains both. Knitting patterns include easy and fast to advanced techniques. The blurb about the origins of each hat is the surprise under each hat. The only drawback, perhaps, is the expense of some of the recommended yarns.
LOVE IT Dec 12, 2005
Finally a book that has what most of us really want, some funky funny hats. If you are looking for a nice ordinary hat, then stop right there and DON'T get this book. Howevery if you are wanting something EXCITING, different and very creative then grab this book. My 9 year old is a hat wearer and THANK YOU, I was running out of ideas.
Funky Crazy Hats with FELTING Dec 8, 2005
The most useful hats in the book and wearable patterns for the general population will probably the the felted hats.
Unless you live in my neighborhood. (A slightly left leaning younger crazier population who will probably put anything on their heads.)
The cowboy hat, fedora and derby are all felted, lovely and very wearable.
The samurai headdress is something my exboyfriend would have begged and cried for until I knit it for him.
The other projects all have their uses. My Ren Faire friends ooohed and ahhhhed over a couple of the projects. (The Frontière and the Renaissance Beret)
And other projects that look crazy (the Chinese Knot Topped Calotte) looks a little too-too in the hot pink and yellow but would be adorable in a different color scheme.
If you're looking for some different hats, it might be worth a try. If you want to try felting a derby it'd absolutely be worth a try.