Sunday, February 20, 2011

Top Hats

Well done guessers - I am indeed making Tetsubou which I fell in love with as soon as I saw the pattern before Christmas. It's such a distinctive hat with that double hem framing the face isn't it? Being so patient before I started work on it was all the justification I needed to splurge on some of the super delicious Fyberspates Scrumptious to make it with. Rachel, you are the randomly selected victor so I hope I used the gift feature correctly on Ravelry!

Tetsubou has reached the end of the knit flat stage but no further so I've got some other pictures of top hats to share today. I was absolutely delighted to be sent a couple of Susan B Anderson books for review from Workman Publishing and I have dallied a little before writing about them so I had time to form a firm opinion of them.

First up is itty-bitty hats. Has it got you at hello?
Seriously cute babies abound in this beautifully styled book. It's got the magic spiral binding which makes knitting a pattern from a book so much easier as it lies flat and doesn't try and close on you. It's a substantial hard back book, heavy paper and absolutely faultless in terms of presentation. 
It begins with a couple of explanatory chapters that make me think this would make a lovely gift for a new knitter. Susan writes with a friendly style and explains the materials needed and covers the basics of knitting through all the techniques needed for the projects in a clear and accessible way. 
 Then come all the super cute and inspiring patterns.
 They're nicely laid out to keep guiding newer knitters and build on experience.
I think baby hats make a great welcome baby gift, slightly more realistic than some of the things I've dreamed of making my pregnant friends. There are plenty to choose from in here and if you wanted to try and convert any mums-to-be into knitting mums-to-be this might be the perfect book to do it. Give them the yarn, needles and book and then you'd have them time to go knit a Tetsubou for yourself :o) 

11 comments:

Rose Red said...

It's an interesting phenomenon, the pregnant woman wanting to learn to knit. I'm so glad I could knit already!

I have her itty bitty toys book, it is gorgeous too.

T. said...

Nothing cuter than babies in silly hats! LOVE that.

Sea said...

I love the Itty Bitty Hats book, and am currently knitting cherry-O

Charity said...

That book looks sweet, it seems there are always babies around needing their heads covered! :o)

I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of the making up part of Tetsobou; I thought it seemed kind of fiddly...

Kyoko said...

Reading the word tetsubou is strange for me because it is a Japanese word for a "metal bar" which kids play, and I used to play tetsubou! ;) ;)
My very good friend in the US just had a baby and I have been struggling to decide what to make for her baby son. Reading your post I am sure I will make the hat for him!
x
Kyoko

Amanda said...

Tetsubou really appeals to me. All those neat pleats - I'm a sucker for a pleat!

t does wool said...

baby hats are the best! great book!

elephantJuice said...

Oh so cute!

raining sheep said...

I love baby hats! so cute. My favorite have stripes.

Rachel said...

I love that I won the pattern...THANK YOU! It's printed and paired with some wound skeins as we speak!

The problem with baby hats is I'd rather make them for me...I'm a sucker for any kind of hat! Is that wrong?

Linda said...

That book looks full of lovely hats!

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