Sunday, October 07, 2012

The Classics by Woolly Wormhead

Hi, Knitters,
I didn't close out the Super Fall Birthday Giveaway yet so it is still going and keep right on entering! I'll pick a winner in a couple of days.

Note: All photos for this post are from the Classic Woolly Toppers book.

So now for the matter at hand, I have been asked to join in the blog tour for a brand new hat book by one of my favorites, Woolly Wormhead. Today is my assigned day. Therefore, I am jumping in with both feet because I am so happy to be included in the blog tour for this fantastic new collection.

Woolly Wormhead is an incredible sculptural hat designer. Her designs are interesting, thorough, thoughtful and frankly, ingenious. She takes knit hat design to a whole new inventive level, but at the same time keeps them doable and wearable. That is no small feat.  I just listened to a very well-done interview with Woolly that offers a lot of insight into her design process and background. Click here to listen to this fun interview!

Woolly Wormhead is adding to her top-notch hat collection with this new book, Classic Woolly Toppers, which I highly recommend.  However, let's not forget that Woolly has an extensive number of hat designs already under her belt. (Click here to look at all of her impressive hat designs.) She's almost to 200 original hat designs now. This is one experienced and knowledgeable hat designer! This makes her work all the more appealing because she is a seasoned hat designer.

Click here for Woolly Wormhead's website and blog.

Click here for the Classic Woolly Toppers website. (Purchasing information is here.)

Click here to see all of the patterns in the Classic Woolly Toppers book on Ravelry!

You can purchase all of the patterns individually or the entire the ebook on Ravelry, and you can order the print copy of the book through the website for the book (linked above).

Here is a description of the book from Woolly:

Classic Woolly Toppers features 10 timeless Hat styles, redesigned for the modern knitter.
Relevant techniques are included, and where appropriate, patterns are provided in charted as well as written format. Schematics are also provided for unsual construction techniques. And like all other Woolly Wormhead patterns, each design includes a range of sizes.
More details are available from the books’ webpage.
Available in both print and eBook formats.

This is one of my favorite designs from the book.  I love the clean simple lines and the fit of this hat. It is called, Alternato and it looks like a fun knit.

The Knit Girlls did a wonderful and thorough video review of this book. Both Laura and Leslie have knit hats to show from Woolly's designs and from this current release. It is fun to see the hats knit up and to see them try the hats on. Once you see this video review, you will want to get this book immediately!

Click here to see The Knit Girllls review of Classic Woolly Toppers!

I love the interesting brim construction of this hat, Ravine. 

The Camden Cap is the most popular hat in the book so far. The unique brim construction and cast on have people talking! I love this sporty cap.

Woolly always includes a wide range of sizes in all of her patterns. She has written instructions and charts when needed. She offers clear technique descriptions and schematics. All of the care and effort put into her patterns makes the best experience possible for the knitters. Woolly is so earnest and hardworking, you can really tell she cares about her designs and the knitters making them.

Anyway, hop over and look at her patterns and hopefully buy this exciting new collection that will never go out of style. These really are classic hats by a modern-day hat architect.

I feel like we are all so fortunate to have such a wide variety of designers out there to choose from. Woolly is a good one! I got to meet Woolly briefly at TNNA in 2011 and it was so great to meet her and put a face with all of her amazing hats.

Let me know what you think!

Here are the rest of the blog tour dates:

11th October 2012  Dull Roar Blog hosted by Alex Tinsley
15th October 2012  rock+purl Blog hosted by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
19th October 2012  Sheep to Shawl Blog hosted by Donna Druchanas
23rd October 2012  do stuff! leethal Blog hosted by Lee Meredith
27th October 2012  Bricoleur Knits blog hosted by Cirilia Rose
31st October 2012  Just call me Ruby Blog hosted by Susan Crawford
best, susie