Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weekend Hats Giveaway!

Updated on March 25th, 2012:  The giveaway for Weekend Hats is now closed. No more entries are being taken. There will be another giveaway soon!

Hi Knitters,
I have been given the go-ahead by Interweave to offer you a copy of the delicious book, Weekend Hats, a collaborative hat pattern book curated and authored by Melissa LaBarre and Cecily Glowik-MacDonald.

I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute a hat for this fantastic, diverse hat pattern collection. The designers in the book include Melissa and Cecily, of course, and Jared Flood, Tanis Gray, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Gudrun Johnston, Kirsten Kapur, Cirilia Rose, Carrie Bostick Hoge, Melissa Wehrle, Kristen TenDyke, Courtney Kelley, Connie Chang Chinchio, Natalie Larson, Jennifer Lang, Elisabeth Parker, Anne Kuo Lukito, Laura Irwin, Kate Gagnon Osbourne, and Jocelyn Tunney. I hope I didn't leave anyone out. It is an excellent group of designers and the hats offered are amazing and fun.

Click here to see all of the 25 hat patterns on Ravelry!

As someone who loves to wear and design and knit hats, I simply adore this book and I think you will, too. The personality of each of the designers is really reflected in their individual designs. I love that on many of the hats you can tell who designed which hat just by looking at the photo.

Here are a few of my favorite designs in the book, I really love them all though.

Mary Jane Mucklestone is the colorwork master! Here is her beautiful hat that is signature Mary Jane. It is perfection and I especially love the colorful brim.

Jocelyn Tunney designed this clever cable hat. It's adorable and simple with the interesting cable feature that makes you take a second (or third) glance. Well done!

What is better than a simple striped beret worked in luxurious yarn? Nothing! Courtney Kelley combined beautiful colors to create this winner of a hat.

That Gudrun Johnston is one of my favorite designers. I have the yarn and patterns all set to make both her Kerrara cardigan and the Levenwick cardigan in the near future (I just need to find some time!). I love a fun and fast changing colorwork hat like this. Gorgeous Rowan Tweed is used to create this one.

Here is my design. This is possibly my favorite adult hat design of mine ever. It is not ruched as it is called for some reason, the Ruche Beret, but it is really a pleated hat at the brim. Pleats are more like overlapping folds and ruching is more like a ruffling technique. The hat is knit from the top-down, increased on one side and then pleated on that increased side right before the brim starts.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Ruche Beret!

Click here to see the book on Amazon!

My oldest son took this photo of me in the hat right before I sent it off to Interweave. I use it as my identifying photo on Ravelry and Twitter and Facebook now and I get asked about the pattern all of the time which is fun!

Okay, if you are interested in winning a copy of Weekend Hats please leave only one comment on this blog post. Please leave your Ravelry ID or an email address (whatever you are comfortable with) where I can easily reach you if you win. I will need to gather your mailing address to send off to Interweave so they can send you your book!

Good luck and let the comments begin!
best, susie
p.s. I am teaching only one morning class, from 9-12am, at the Knit Circus Retreat in Madison on this coming April 14th! Click here to see the classes and register! My class isn't listed yet so check back if you are interested, it should be up later today. I am teaching a "knit a toy of your choice" class where I will provide the patterns for the Owl Babies and my unpublished Tiny Lamb pattern (trust me, it's adorable)! It's going to be loads of fun. More later but I just wanted to let you know about it.