Friday, April 18, 2014

Mommy & Me Crocheted Hats – 30 fun & stylish designs for kids of all ages

By Kristi Simpson

By now, if you've been reading my posts, you must know that I believe that one can never have too many books! (And yarn, and hooks, etc.) Well, I came across another book that I know would be a good addition to your crochet library – it has everything in it that you need to know when you crochet – from the beginning info like how to hold your crochet hook, and how to hold your yarn, all the way through to how to fasten off and weave in ends. On the way you'll find out how to change colors, how to do the stitches, how to read directions, etc., etc., etc. You get what I mean? Just about everything you need to know! And, the patterns in this book that you will be working on when you're learning all this are just adorable! They're hats – for kids and adults, boys and girls, men and women, mommy (and daddy) and me. There are 30 separate hat designs, and each hat is worked and written up in different sizes. So you can make these hats for all ages, and both men and women. And while you crochet the hat patterns, you'll also be learning different stitch patterns that you can use in other designs. So you're getting a lot of bang for your buck.
This is the book:
Mommy & Me Crocheted Hats – 30 fun & stylish designs for kids of all ages
By Kristi Simpson

Here are some of the stitches you'll learn from this book:
Puff stitches
Front post and back post stitches
Crochet cables
Basket weave patterns
Bobble stitches

And here are some of the techniques you'll learn:
How to crochet in the back loop only
How to decrease
How to carry the yarn up a row, without ending off, when you change colors at the end of a row
How to change colors
How to crochet in the round to form a circle
How to add a visor to a hat
How to crochet cables
How to crochet a basketweave pattern
How to work hats from the top down, or from the bottom up, or in panels
How to work with yarn that's both thick and thin in different places

You'll learn and practice these skills, stitches, and more while creating these adorable hats for everyone.

These are some of my favorites:
Basketweave Beanie

Gone Huntin' Camo Cap

Downtown Girl Slouchy

Groovy Waves Beanie

You Have My Heart Beanie

Hooded Scarf

Twisted Stitches Beanie

Sweetheart Sunhat

And these fun hats:
Daddy's Bearded Dude Beanie

I'm an Elf! Pixie

Giggle Monster

Ahoy Matey! Pirate Hat

Sock Monkey Twist

Aren't these the cutest hats?
Oh, one other thing – those models? They are real people, not models. So you can see what each hat looks like on real people!
(All these pictures were provided by the publisher - Stackpole Books.)

Have you every crocheted a hat? Did you start at the top and work down, at the bottom and work up, or crochet it in one or more panels? Which of these hats would you like to make first? Leave a comment about which of the hats you like, or how you prefer to crochet hats and why, and you may just win yourself a copy of this book. You'll have until April 24th, 2014, to enter. I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner.
Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
And have fun crocheting hats!
Oh - if you want to, you can purchase a copy of this book right here - Stackpole Books

Disclaimer: My review copy and the giveaway copy of this book were both supplied by Stackpole Books.