My current work in progress:

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


Hats, Hats, and More Hats

First up, the winner of my review copy of  Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves: 20 Ideas * 3 Ways is Cathie Jones, who has been emailed.

I’ve got a couple more books waiting to be reviewed. Here’s the next one up:


This is Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Hat Book: History * Technique * Design, another Sixth&Spring book. As you may have cleverly deduced from the title, this is a book about knitting hats. And it is pretty darn comprehensive.

The book starts with a brief history of knitted hats, including an interesting “then and now” mosaic of different hat types:


Many different type of hats and how they are constructed is covered, along with information on fit and measuring, yarn substitutions, blocking, etc.

And then there are 51 patterns for hats.

Some of the patterns have appeared in the pages of Vogue Knitting magazine, but many have not. By my count, 35 of the patterns are new.  I think there must be a pattern for everyone.

Rather than post a few random photos of some of the patterns, here is a link to the book’s page on Ravelry.

My bottom line — awesome book with great patterns! 😀

And now I have some rainbow knitting to do.


And Lucy appears to want her dinner.


“Feed me, dammit!”

ETA: I am not doing a giveaway for this book. It’s a large hard cover that does not fit into a flat rate priority envelope so it would be rather expensive for me to mail out!


  1. Marie R. says:

    That book looks cool, I’m hat person I don’t leave the house with out one. I know that face that Lucy has, but I get it doubled and that can be scary.

  2. Thank you Wendy and Random Number Generator! ♥
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  3. Kitties and Rainbow Knitting. Some sort of paradise! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sounds like a great hat book! Rainbow knitting…love it!
    Stephanie S´s last blog post ..Downton Pullover weekend update

  5. My grown-up daughter is always so happy and grateful for knitted hats. Makes me want to knit more!
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  6. I’ve been eyeing this book. I wear a lot of hats and like variety.

  7. Judith Smith says:

    Cool book.

  8. SallyM says:

    Oh my! Hats 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! You so rock.

  9. Debbie H says:

    The book looks great! I love hats. Are you giving this one away, by chance????

  10. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Hats! Love!

  11. This book looks great. Is it up for your random number generator also?

  12. Suzie Picciano says:

    Oh my, you got me now, I’m hat crazy. ALmost as bad as my yarn stash.

  13. What a great way to knit down the stash! Count me in. Looking forward to seeing the Rainbow Revealed.
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  14. Would love to win this book.

  15. Thanks for the info. The hat book looks great.

  16. I love knitting hats. They are fun easy quick and easy to play with the patterns.

  17. Katie Lynn says:

    I am in a constant struggle to knit a hat that fits my gigantic head. I have both a large head AND a lot of hair. This is definitely going on my wish list, and I absolutely adore the cloche on the clover!

  18. Libba Hicks says:

    This looks like a great book. I’ll have to watch for it. Thanks for the review!

  19. i thought i had the only cat in the world who used bad language now and then!

  20. Debbie says:

    Anything Vogue does is the best. I like knitting hats to give away. I would love to call that book mine

  21. If you are giving the book away I would love it Thanks

  22. They are persistent about feeding…even when they are not hungry….Love the hats!

  23. Awesome book!!

  24. Hats are my favorite knitting projects – would love to have this book.!

  25. The book looks wonderful and I hope you fed Lucy…she looks hungry!

  26. Don’t you think hats are just wonderful? Can’t have too many of them!

  27. NanaDeb says:

    Am grateful to have the opportunity to win this book!
    Love that rainbow!
    Lucy, you are just the best 😉

  28. Thanks for reviewing the book. I love the cover hat, but would modify that band with a button on a little overlap instead of the tie.

  29. Sansarya says:

    Well, the Ravelry link you posted for the book is no longer working. Here’s the link:

    I’m considering buying the book, even though I look terrible in hats, lol. My daughter is a hat person and looks great in them. Thanks for letting us know about the book, even without a giveaway.

  30. Carol Brookover says:

    I’m a milliner as well as a knitter so new knitted hat books are always a great find!

  31. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’ve always loved Deborah Newton’s funky hats.
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  32. FYI to commenters: Vogue Knitting & Sixth and Spring Books have this book in their Mother’s Day Book Sale, at 30% off the regular price. My older kitteh has decided she’s too fine to stand on the floor to eat, and must jump onto the food bin and eat out of my hand….yes, I am well trained.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Blgger fail

  33. The book looks great – and I”m glad you’re keeping some of your samples! I understand it could be overwhelming to keep them all – and we appreciate what you share!

  34. I’m not especially interested in this one anyway, but at book rate it wouldn’t need a flat rate envelope.

  35. Kristine M. says:

    The rainbow knitting is beautiful. And I know that kitty look so very well!

  36. I just love your kitty. The book look interesting. I bet there are a lot of different styles in it.
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  37. KathyR says:

    I would love to win this book. I want to knit chemo caps for my sister-in-law

  38. Elaine Stiller says:

    Thank you Wendy!!

  39. As if I have to even ask as I am sure you did – please tell us you fed that poor, starving child, whittling away before your very eyes… Yes, I get that look too!!! Love the cover of that book. Thanks Wendy for making me want something I don’t know I wanted!! haha

  40. And I know you are not doing a give away, it was just a comment!! 🙂

  41. Charlene Paulus says:

    I think you should keep the book but Media mail (books, DVD’s,etc.) can be mailed very cheaply. It’s a special rate from the post office.


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