Twenty To Make Series
30 July 2012 (US 5 October 2012)/ ISBN 9781844487073
by Rachel A Hyde
Now the weather
is getting colder it is time to think about some warm clothes. These
twenty patterns for knitted beanie hats are great wardrobe extenders
or presents and are sure to make the wearer look good on those chilly
days and nights ahead.
Not only all that but they are suitable for comparative beginners
too. There are beanies for everybody in here; men, women, boys,
girls and babies and most only take a couple of balls of wool. Choose
from traditional, plain, pretty or cute styles to suit the wearer
from beret types to flower adorned confections, a monster, a panda,
stripes, pompoms, knitted plaits, bows and a rainbow. This is not
a book that teaches knitting to the beginner but it does teach Swiss
darning and explain various making-up methods and adornments such
as pompoms, although not with diagrams for the latter. It also mentions
in words how to work certain stitches, as well as what yarn to buy.
Each project is split over two pages; one featuring a full-page
photo of the item being worn and the other with the materials list
and pattern. I was glad to see that it also gives tension, what
needles to get and what sort of person for which it is sized, e.g.
an adult woman, child aged 3-6, etc. Patterns are in word form not
charted and do not, in keeping with the rest of this series, feature
staged diagrams. As long as you can knit basic stitches, read a
pattern and knows the basics you ought to find the projects in here
possible. Many can use up oddments from other projects and make
up quickly for surprise presents, stocking fillers or what I call
“makeweight” gifts for when the main item, whatever
it costs, is not very big! Come to think of it, this book might
also be one of those if you can bear to part with it--better buy
two and be on the safe side.