My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



I recently got on the review list for books and booklets from Annie’s (formerly Annie’s Attic) and received a booklet this week.

This is More Than a Dozen Hats & Beanies by Carri Hammett, a 48-page booklet with patterns for 15 hats. There are hats for men, women, and children. Here’s the thumbnail index:

The hats are all knit from either DK, worsted, or bulky weight yarn, and the models are all knit with popular, readily available yarns. The designs are cute, and the patterns seem clear and easy to follow.

There is a section in the front with basic techniques for knitting hats, and in the back, more basic knitting information:

Do you have hat knitting on your agenda for this autumn/winter? This booklet has patterns that will cover a lot of heads.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to receive this booklet, please leave a comment on this post by Sunday, September 2, 2012, at 11:00am Eastern Time. I’ll draw a name at random from the comments left.

Meanwhile, I am working on the left side front of my denim jacket.

Have you noticed a trend? Poncho, Felted Coat, Denim Jacket. I am knitting all outerwear items.

Since I haven’t worn a sweater indoors in years, I figured I’d start knitting things I might actually have a chance of wearing: jackets and coats for autumn and winter.

I’m in the planning stage for my project for after I finish the denim jacket. More outerwear!

Here’s my little princess, contemplating the need for outerwear.



  1. Oooh, I like your denim coat.

    Thanks for the chance to win the book.
    Hev´s last blog post ..Can’t Decide…Help?

  2. I’m definitely going to be working up a few hats this fall, so some patterns would be nifty!

  3. I’d love to get your copy, thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Mary Peterson says:

    How can you go wrong with a hat? Even when it’s 90 degrees there are kids flying by on skateboards wearing them…

  5. Hats are what I knit the most. I’m kind of known for it in my knitting circle. I have a basket full of beanies just waiting for the right head.

  6. Hats are a good thing. I’m guessing Lucy can manage outerwear all by herself.

  7. Gretcheng says:

    I’d love to win your review copy, so thanks for offering a drawing!

    I like your outerwear projects a lot, and they look perfect for DC weather. I don’t think they’d get me through the VT winter, but maybe I should try one for autumn–if I start now it might be ready for spring! I do wear sweaters all year round, so I’ve been concentrating on cardigans lately–easy on, easy off. Hmm, easy enough to use thicker yarn and make a cardigan into a jacket…

  8. Lucy is thinking, “Those unfortunate humans have to knit their own coats! I grow my own beautiful coat without even trying!”

  9. I love to knit hats for charity. I’d love to win the book so is have some new patterns in the rotation!

  10. Look at that gorgeous tail! Looks like a handy hat book to have; a real go-to guide.

  11. Ready to knit some hats! Thanks for a chance!

  12. Cool book! I am especially intrigued by #13, which makes me think of a sheepskin coat…
    Robin V´s last blog post ..11/22/63

  13. Hats are also a great way to use your handspun or art yarns. Sometimes I just put a stripe of some special yarn in, when I know I don’t have enough to make an entire project.

  14. I love knitting hats, so I’d like to be in the drawing. Thanks.

  15. Ooh I prefer to knit outerwear. Mainly sweaters are not practical in offices at times- mainly due to the heating systems.

    This looks like a cute hat book.


  16. Barbara Rude says:

    I’d love a copy as I have been into hats lately. Thanks.

  17. Shelly D. says:

    I have become obsessed with hats without even realizing it. Have knit 5 this year between other projects. Need some new patterns!

  18. I think it’s a great idea to make outerwear! Your denim jacket already looks lovely. It’ll be great to see the finished product.

    As for hats, I love knitting hats, I haven’t made nearly enough of them, and beanies are great because I can use them to hold down my hair in the cold months.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..FO – Simple Socks

  19. Your outerwear is looking phenomenal! Hats are always important to knit – I appreciate being entered into the drawing for the book!

  20. Hats are a good thing! From covering cold heads to covering up bad hair days!

  21. I must have this book! And it would be great to get it free…Love your blog!

  22. Now that looks like a useful book. Would love to have it.

  23. Have never made a hat ,but it is time to start since it will be winter soon. Thanks

  24. Oh, I’m happy to see your current outerwear projects

  25. I love making hats,and always can use a new book!

  26. If I could just incorporate all the animal shedding(the collie and the kitty, I’m looking at you guys) into something useful, that hat booklet would be very helpful.

  27. My daughter would like a different hat for everyday of the year. Looks like there’s a fan and feather that would be fun to add to her collection.

  28. I love making hats!

  29. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you for the chance! Whoo HOOO.

  30. Oh my I love making hats…I’d love to have this booklet…..Lucy as always you are so beautiful..thanks for the chance to win the book

  31. My daughters love hats and they are great gifts, for that surprise person who had nowhere else to go at Christmas so my girls bring them here.

  32. I’ve got to learn how to make hats, and the right size, the only one I tried was way too small, but the child I gave it to appreciated that I had made that mistake!

  33. You make such beautiful items, I ejnoy looking at them. I am a hat person and would love to win the book. I enjoy your emails.

  34. I’d love to knit a hat….I have lots of yarn that would look great!

  35. I sure would like the booklet! I remember ordering from Annie’s Attic a loooong time ago.

    I’m always cold and like wearing hats. Lucky Lucy doesn’t have to worry about the cold.

  36. I would love to have a book with new hat patterns. I love making these for Cancer women.


  37. Thanks for chance to win, important to keep our heads warm in the winter!

  38. amber milburn says:

    I would love to have the booklet!! thanks for the opportunity.

  39. I’d love some more patterns for hats. I am part of a knit group that knits hats for various charities.

  40. Love to knit hats — thanks for the offer

  41. I like to knit hats for gifts, more hat patterns are always a plus.

  42. I was just thinking of making a hat for all my Portland and Seattle family. These are cute and I would love the book. Thanks!

  43. I’d love to win your review copy. Always on the lookout for hat patterns for the HATS FOR SAILORS project!

  44. I would love to win a book about hats. Especially since it’s going to start getting cold soon. 🙂

  45. Hats are great projects for my handspun yarn and patterns would help me use the yarn.

  46. Denny Stein says:

    Wendy – I think you might knit something waterproof very quickly before hurricane season hits the DC area (my hometown).

  47. I’ve just finished 3 hats. I seem to be on a roll. Would love this booklet — especially while I’m in this mood.

  48. Hi, Wendy, I’d like knit more hats this winter and the patterns would help inspire me. thanks for offering!

  49. I do like knitting hats, and both my boys (who have big heads) need hats for next winter
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..A Wonderful Weekend!

  50. I knit a lot of hats for charity. I have the yarn so could use some different patterns. Thanks for sharing your copy.

  51. Lucy is looking particularly gorgeous today. And thanks for the chance to win the booklet – it would come in handy.

  52. I love wearing hats and discovered when we moved to Iowa they don’t stay on your head! Unless they are knitted so … I need a bunch. To go with each outfit,mood,etc this looks like a great booklet tword that end .Its going on my wish list .

  53. Looks like a great book! I love to knit hats.

  54. Can’t go working with hat patterns for sure!! Count me in, please. So envious of your outerwear!!! Beautiful

  55. Your denium jacket is looking lovely! I cannot wait to see it finished. I would love the book! I am making hats a lot to give to the local cancer center and I need to make some different styles.

    Thanks for sharing!

  56. Sarah Fuller says:

    Would love this one!

  57. I need to make hats for my coworkers!

  58. Yes I would love to have a chance to win this booklet. Thank you

  59. Nothing like a hat project to make your knitting heart sing! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Cindy in FL´s last blog post ..Finishing Up!

  60. It is always good to have inspiration for new hats to give! Thanks for the chance.

  61. Hi. I’d love to make some great hats, this fall. Put my name in, please

  62. I Live in winter cold ebery year and have been making hats for the up coming cold weather. This book would so help me with some new patterns. I have people of al ages, men and women to make hats for Boy I need this book

  63. Pam Gardner says:

    you know I must be really dumb-never knew I could comment…oh well, I would love to win the hat book.

  64. Hats are one of my favorite things to knit right after shawls. Count me in!

  65. A hat book would be great! Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

  66. Marsha C. says:

    Ooooh, hats and beanies — quick knits and practical too! I would love to win your review copy. Thanks!

  67. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    We sure wear knitted hats in WI…….well, not now…….but it’s jus around the corner. Cute patterns. Thanks for the chance. Bet Lucy would like to sit in the hat.
    Gee, isn’t there a book something like that????

  68. Wow! That’s a lot of hats….and me with 6 kids! That would be fantastic!! Thanks for the drawing! : )
    Janelle Serio´s last blog post ..Knitta Hata!

  69. Carole N. says:

    Love the hat patterns! With 4 sons, one daughter and grandchildren I would love to have new patterns to knit this fall and winter! Thank you Wendy for the chance to win!

  70. Would love the cool hat book. I have many heads to cover. Thank you.

  71. The first project i knitted was a hat! Now my sister wants one. This would be nice to knit for my family

  72. Hats! I love hats and would love to win this book.

  73. Debbie Smith says:

    I’d love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  74. Charlotte says:

    I would love the Ats and Beanies book!

  75. smclester says:

    What a nice hat book!! And you are a good girl for sharing 🙂 Like the new jacket too.

  76. KathyM in SE VA says:

    A good hat is what every outer garment needs!

  77. I would love to have the hat book! Hats are great knits!

  78. Deborah Thompson says:

    I LOVE to knit hats and would enjoy a new book! Thank you for the give away!

  79. I’m on a hat kick lately so I’d love the book.

  80. This book looks good. I can see a lot of Christmas gifts and Charity hats.

  81. I am in a group and we are knitting hats for a hospital. Would love more variety.

  82. Pam Chamberlain says:

    I think this book looks great! Love it.

  83. peggy connolly says:

    that booklet looks great for everyone. I can’t wait to look at the patterns.

  84. Ooooh … the booklet looks like a lot of fun!

  85. Margo White says:

    Always looking for new hat patterns!

  86. Would love it!!!!!!!!

  87. I’ve only knit myself one hat, ever. I live in Florida so it’s rarely cool enough for them. I just bought some gorgeous handspun yarn that would make a brilliant hat, so I’m biting the bullet this year.
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday: 08.29.2012

  88. OOH! Me! Me, me, me!!!! I NEEEED this booklet!!!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Super-stitch-ous

  89. The denim is coming along beautifully. The booklet would be awesome.

  90. I would love to have the booklet. I knit hats for our charity project and new patterns would be fun for me and the recipient. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Kim B´s last blog post ..Upated with ribbon info — Grange Fair Entries

  91. Andrea F. says:

    I haven’t got the guts to try a coat…but I do love the denim coat!! It is lovely! I do, however, have guts to knit hats. I would love the book!

  92. I love making hats and can never have enough ideas for new ones.
    Would love to win!
    Deb´s last blog post ..Baby, Oh Baby!

  93. our guild knits hats for charity and it would be fun to try some new patterns for hats!

  94. The outerwear makes a lot of sense. I’m cold almost all the time at work, so I am still doing tons of sweaters. Almost makes me wish I could have hot flashes (not happening for a few years yet)!
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..fe fi FO fum… yeah, I finished something!

  95. Lynne in Florida says:

    Your little princess needs outerwear like a frog needs antlers! I, on the other hand, could really use this booklet.
    Another thing your outerwear seems to have (except for the squares, of course) is cables – and blue yarn. It’s all beautiful, though. I am awaiting the publication of the pattern for that ever so neatso poncho/cape.

  96. Andrea W. says:

    I would love to win this book. I would give it a good home and make many holiday gift hats!
    KnitAweigh on Ravelry

  97. Hats are one of my favorite things to knit, and having all those new patterns to choose from would be fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity to win the booklet.

  98. I hope I win this time. I am a hat knitter all the way!!

  99. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I knit Hats for Sailors and send about 12-15 hats per year to sailors on our ships. This book would be perfect for me.

  100. Hats are a good thing. Thanks for the chance to win the booklet.