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Folk Hats 32 Knitting Patterns & Tales from Around the World

This magical collection of international hats is sure to intrigue knitters of every skill level.

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Hats are magical. In the twinkling of an eye, a hat can transport us to another place or another state of mind. Folk Hats is the tour de force of knitted head gear:

Knitters of every skill level are sure to be intrigued by the versatile and imaginative designs in this eclectic collection.

The irresistible, fun photography, trustworthy step-by-step instructions, and clear illustrations will have readers rushing for their knitting needles to try one of the 32 projects:

  • Chilly? Try the seriously warm Russian-inspired Cossack or the toasty Irish Cables.
  • Silly? Check out the more light-hearted Yoruba Bird hat or Lapland's Four Winds.
  • You'll also find felted cowboy hats, smart pillboxes, historic derbies, sporty caps and sassy cloches, and darling baby bonnets from nearly every corner of the planet including Canada, Panama, Nigeria, Italy, China, and Japan.
Grab your knitting needles and join in on all the fun!

Reviews: "Designer Vicki Square has taken traditional folk patterns and engineered them into inventive knitted creations."-Creative Knitting

"Projects range from super simple to challenging and reflect the rich colors and textures of the world."-Fiber Line Magazine

"If you are looking for unusual, “look-at-me’ hats, Vicki Square has just the design for you."-Knitter's Magazine
Table of Contents


Hat Basics
  • The Anatomy of a Hat
  • Types of Hats
  • Measuring Head Circumference
  • Making a Simple Hat Form

The Patterns

North America
  • Canada- Deerstalker Hat
  • United States- Cowboy Hat, Baseball Cap
South America
  • Peru- Hut Hat
  • Bolivia- Derby
  • Ecuador- Panama
  • Congo- Raffia Pillbox
  • Nigeria- Gourd Baby Bonnet, Yoruba Bird
  • Cameroon- Feathered Headdress, Ruffled Dignity
Continental Europe
  • Spain- Cordobes with Scarf
  • Italy- Gondolier's Boater
  • France- Frontire
  • Netherlands- Renaissance Beret
  • Germany- Hunter's Fedora
United Kingdom
  • England- King Edward VI Brimmed Beret
  • Scotland- Glengarry
  • Ireland- Cable Braid
  • Finland- Soft Winter Snowflakes
  • Lapland- Four Winds Hat, Zig-Zag Stocking Hat
Northern and Central Asia
  • Russia- Cossack, Big Cossack
  • Kazakhstan- Velvet Pillbox
  • Afghanistan- Beaded Cloche, Pakul
  • Pakistan- Striped Baby Hat
  • China- Xinjiang Baby Hat, Peasant Hat, Knot-Topped Calotte
  • Thailand- Folded Bloom
  • Japan- Dancer's Hat, Samurai Kabuto
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.

SKU: 05KN1

Author/Speaker/Editor: Vicki Square

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781931499637

Number Of Pages: 144