Thursday, July 30, 2009

Book Week Day 3:Hat Heads by Trond Anfinnsen

Book Title: Hat Heads 1 Man +2 Knitting Needles = 50 Fun Hat Designs
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9236-9
Craft: Knitting
Approx. Price: $22.95
Length: 171 Pages
Number of Patterns: 50
Pattern Presentation: Written and Charts
Difficulty of Patterns: Beginner - Advanced Beginner

Hat Heads is a collection of knitted hat patterns by Nordic Designer Trond Anfinnsen AKA KnitKid. Anfinnsen transforms the classic beanie into 50 fun designs for this functional piece. Easy to follow patterns and whimsical designs allow the knitter to quickly knit a personalized classic beanie for any member of the family. Not just a book of patterns, Anfinnsen takes the reader on a mini-journey : describing his need to inspire knitters to knit and create; discussing his collaboration with photographer Klaus Nilsen Skrudland on their "Knitting Project;" explaining his journey of knitting, self discovery and identity as an artist; and exploring a brief history of Norway and knitting.

What I liked about this book:
  • The photography in this book is not just of the finished creations - but also a part of the art itself.
  • Understanding that the basic beanie is a great beginner project, Anfinnsen takes great care to explain to the beginner knitter how to get started himself/herself. He discusses yarn, reading yarn labels, needles and notions, knitting abbreviations, how to knit to size, and even how to decrease evenly atop your beanie to create the perfect spiral.
  • Each hat is the same basic beanie. This gives the beginner knitter the opportunity to explore each one of these patterns without hesitation.
  • The charts created for the designs are large, easy to read, and color-coded. This makes it the perfect book for one who has never knit from charts. - Allowing the newbie the opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with knitting charts.
  • Anfinnsen shares his love of designing by explaining how to go about designing your very own hat.
Overall I enjoyed reviewing this book. The photography is wonderful. The care Anfinnsen takes to write about his creative journey and the people he has designed the hats for is both interesting and delightful. He manages to make the task of knitting your first hat or first hat with design less daunting and more pleasurable.

My favorite patterns from this book: Aslaug, Hege, and Kjersti



  1. See, now this is why I need to learn to knit - hats for the whole family! Great review KPG :)

  2. I ordered this from Amazon and cant wait until it comes!!!


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