itty-bitty hats by Susan B. Anderson has got to be one of the best little knitting books I have ever used. I recently got a copy as a door prize at a Knitting in Kingwood meeting and have been using it the past week or so to complete my Olympic challenge for myself. That challenge was to knit a hat a night for the Head Start kids in Humble and this book has helped me accomplish that goal...at least so far.
This is a beginner book with nothing a beginner could not accomplish but with enough interest for the intermediate knitter. About 80% of the hats are based on a simple beanie pattern and, although tedious to the experienced, every pattern repeats all the instructions for the basic construction. No flipping pages to refresh your memory on how many stitches to cast on or how to make the crown shaping. It is all there in every pattern.
It is spiral bound so it lays flat, the type face is clear, the pictures are adorable and there is enough inspiration to keep you going for a very long time. There are about fifty pages in basic knitting instructions with lots of clear illustrations...perfect for those who want to get into knitting in the round without committing to a lot of different yarns and needles. One of the patterns is for a hat that looks like a frosted birthday cake that sent me off to a spiral variation that turned out very well.
All the yarn used is of the same weight so you can just go to your KYS and pick up a bunch of coordinating yarns and you are off to the races. I made about ten hats from three balls of Plymouth Encore and here is how a couple turned out...
The one on the right is the basic hat with a little i-cord topping while the one on the left is a variation from the book. The one on the left is not to designed to cover a child's ears so you need to add some rows if you want that feature. There is a bonnet style hat shown in the book that I have not tried but I can't believe it will be harder than the other styles.
I don't know if I will meet the challenge of a hat a day during the Olympics, now that the emphasis has moved onto the Track and Field, but this book is one I will keep using for many years to come as a jumping off point for many more itty-bitty hats.
And just for some comic relief...and since he rarely looks at this blog....here is a picture of a very shaggy Paul walking Alex.