The tiny handful of you who have been reading my blog since last June will recall that I posted a call for entries for a book compiled and edited by Annie Modesitt, called 1000 Fabulous Knit Hats (Ravelry link). Of course, I couldn’t hear a call like that go out without heeding it myself, so I submitted a few of my own hats — and then I thought no more about it.
Then, out of the blue, I got an e-mail saying that the book had been published, and since several other #uptownknitmobbers had also submitted hats, we put together a group order. Mandy kindly delivered them all on Thursday, but I didn’t have time to take photos or blog until more recently.
I am thrilled: the book is here!
In all, I entered a slightly-ridiculous 13 hats. I didn’t intend to — I think I only entered three at first. But then Annie kept calling for more entries, and I kept finding more images of hats I’d made, so I submitted two or three more batches of hats.
To be clear: this is not a book of hat patterns. There are 10, selected from the ‘original design’ entries, at the back of the book; they are lovely, but they’re not really the point. This is a book about inspiration, rather than instruction.
And as inspiration, it’s a goldmine.
With 1000 hats, mostly modeled, you’re sure to find a hat that will look good on a particular face-shape, a colour that suits a particular skin-tone to a tee, or a unique construction technique that you would never have considered before. Sure, there are multiples of some hat-types included — but the variety even within those genres of hats is mind-boggling. It’s much like searching ‘projects’ > ‘hats’ on Ravelry. You’ll find a bunch of simple, rib-knit toques, but they’ll be in hand-dyed yarns, varied scales, and so on — and, in this case, they’ve been edited, and the photographs carefully selected and arranged, for your viewing pleasure.
The hats are loosely grouped by colour, page by page; babies’ and children’s hats are separated out, but the remainder are a happy set of contrasts, colourwork and cables and lace all mixed together on the page. Speaking of the pages, the book is very nice quality, with one of those slightly waxy-feeling soft covers, and heavy, glossy-but-not-too-glossy paper. It’s roughly square, and almost an inch thick — and chock full of hats. The contributors are listed alphabetically in the back of the book, with the numbered hats listed alongside each name.
You can order your own copy at Amazon (using that link benefits Ravelry) or encourage your LYS to bring it in.
Speaking of LYSes, one of mine (Shall We Knit?) has tentatively arranged a book signing featuring the locals included in this book. I’ll post more when the details are out!
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A few other contributors to the book have blogged about it so far — with many more to come, I expect! I’ve tracked down the following, which is by no means an exhaustive list:
- Torirot’s Stitches
- Woolly Wormhead (Note: the preview cover she shows on her page is not the final release cover, which is sad, because it featured my dad!)
- Knit Knot Purl
- Peargirl Knits
- Two Sticks and a Sheep