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Knitted Animal Hats: 35 wild and wonderful hats for babies, kids and the young at heart Paperback – Import, 14 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Fiona Goble is a craft author and knitting blogger who for many years ran a small textile business making woollen bags, cushions and throws. She regularly contributes to a number of craft magazines and teaches sewing classes locally. She is the author of several bestselling knitting books, including Knit Your Own Royal Wedding and Knitivity. Knitted Animal Hats is her first book for CICO.
The author is based in Hertfordshire, UK.
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The hats are all based on the same construction. They're knit flat and sewn up the back. The top decreases are all basically the same for every pattern. In essence, once you've knit one, you can literally knit any of these (with the exception of the dragon, which has a ribbed neck warmer and a different construction).
The embellishments are extremely basic and they're OK, but just not as exciting or adorable as I thought they would be--round, empty looking eyes; and stiff, stilted stripes and markings. The placement of ears and noses doesn't inspire, endear, or generate the "awww[...]" factor that other children's hats I've seen have. The ear flaps appear to be narrow and quite a few are shown curling up, which defeats the purpose of having them. Maybe my expectations were too high, but the idea of an entire book dedicated to animal hats seemed like a great thing for knitting grandmas and moms.
So the onus is on me to adapt, beginning with knitting in the round for speed and a more professional finished look, adapting the ear flaps, changing the animal faces (which is always where I struggle, even with toy knitting) and using this book as an idea starter rather than a plug and play time saver. And so, I am disappointed, which is not to say that this book isn't a good one for someone out there.
The photography is very nice, and the fox pattern is quite nice looking. The author uses easily substitutable yarns in standard weights and the gauge is done over stockinette stitch, which is a great benefit. There are a few matching accessories included--booties, wrist warmers, and such--that may add value for some. For me, they seemed less than inspired, but I haven't written a book, so it's easy enough to stand in judgement of that.
To be fair, if you're a beginner and you're not comfortable with knitting in the round, this may be just the book for you. If you're gifted with personalizing and embellishing, you could really take the basic ideas and run with them. Sadly for myself, the "wow" factor just isn't there and I'll probably never knit even one pattern exactly as written. This is one that I'll give to a young child as they learn to knit or a brand new mom who is just learning.