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Folk Hats (Folk Knitting Series) Paperback – 1 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; 1st ed. edition (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499637
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The history and story regarding each design is most interesting." - "Knitting News""Fanciful and playful." - "Bangor Daily News""This eclectic collection of original knitted designs is sure to elicit rubbernecking and about faces." - "CNA Magazine""Projects range from super simple to challenging and reflect the rich colors and textures of the world." - "Fiberline Magazine""Designer Vicki Square has taken traditional folk patterns and engineered them into inventive knitted creations." - "Creative Knitting"

About the Author

Vicki Square is the author of Folk Bags, Folk Hats, and the best-selling The Knitter’s Companion, with more than 200,000 copies sold. She has appeared numerous times on the Do-It-Yourself Network’s hip knitting show, Knitty Gritty, as well as on local television in Denver. Her designs have been both self-published and featured in Spin-Off and Fashion Knitting magazines. She won the 1990 National Knitting Contest sponsored by Fashion Knitting and has shown her pieces in juried art shows in Colorado, Oregon, and Illinois. Vicki has taught knitting for more than 10 years, as well as painting and drawing at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pa Bastin on 23 Sept. 2010
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On the whole, a good book. Some lovely hats from all over the globe, you're bound to find a hat that suits everyone, from Grandma to your snow boarding mates. However, there are some extremes - the knitted samurai helmet is just plain silly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fergus on 26 Mar. 2013
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I was disappointed, lots of hats for the American market, and it uses circular needles. If you can translate American knitting patterns Ok, but if you are a beginner I would not recommend it. Better to go to a proper knitting shop and have a good look through a book before you purchase
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By bigmac on 21 May 2012
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Great fun. Beautiful photographs. Can't wait to get started on a new project to test the clarity of the instructions.
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By Lisa on 9 May 2014
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Great knitted hats from around the world. Fun to make for all ages with vibrant colours and unique designs .
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Funky Crazy Hats with FELTING 8 Dec. 2005
By Maimee - Published on
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The most useful hats in the book and wearable patterns for the general population will probably the the felted hats.

Unless you live in my neighborhood. (A slightly left leaning younger crazier population who will probably put anything on their heads.)

The cowboy hat, fedora and derby are all felted, lovely and very wearable.

The samurai headdress is something my exboyfriend would have begged and cried for until I knit it for him.

The other projects all have their uses. My Ren Faire friends ooohed and ahhhhed over a couple of the projects. (The Frontière and the Renaissance Beret)

And other projects that look crazy (the Chinese Knot Topped Calotte) looks a little too-too in the hot pink and yellow but would be adorable in a different color scheme.

If you're looking for some different hats, it might be worth a try. If you want to try felting a derby it'd absolutely be worth a try.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
LOVE IT 12 Dec. 2005
By CrochetQueen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finally a book that has what most of us really want, some funky funny hats. If you are looking for a nice ordinary hat, then stop right there and DON'T get this book. Howevery if you are wanting something EXCITING, different and very creative then grab this book. My 9 year old is a hat wearer and THANK YOU, I was running out of ideas.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fun, interesting, and different 22 Sept. 2006
By Karen Tiede - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this particular book because I wanted guidance in making brimmed hats. I don't expect to be felting much but the patterns will be a place to start. What I liked about Vicki Square's book, as opposed to some other hat books, is that each of the hats is significantly different from the others that I think I'm getting my money's worth. Many of the hats are shapes I wouldn't have thought of myself.

True, I won't knit any of them in the exact colorways or details shown, and I may omit a few of the "finishing" touches. But in the world of "people will put anything on their head (E. Zimmerman)," these are pretty cool. I have a feeling I'm going to have to make a frontier in lace for myself... but then, I run to the exotic.

Point, however: I bought the book for the suggestions and direction and I haven't knitted a pattern as written, and probably never will. Can't offer any guidance about how easily one can follow these patterns.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What's Under the Hat? 5 July 2006
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Knitting is a new passion for me. History is an older passion. This book contains both. Knitting patterns include easy and fast to advanced techniques. The blurb about the origins of each hat is the surprise under each hat. The only drawback, perhaps, is the expense of some of the recommended yarns.
27 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful knitting, but ugly hats. 7 Nov. 2005
By drariadne - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was cringing for the models wearing those monstrosities. But- if you can look at the one on the cover with the bird and consider wearing that, you certainly won't be put off by any of the rest of the designs.

At least they are original.
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