Reading Room: Mittens & Hats for Yarn Lovers

With winter still in full-force, why not change up your wooly wardrobe with some quick knit hats and mittens? They’re easy to make, they take very little yarn and offer many skill-building opportunities. If you’re new to knitting in the round, or even if are an old pro, you’ll find Mittens & Hats for Yarn Lovers, by Carri Hammett a go-to resource for circular knitting. Experienced knitters will value the hat and mitten patterns for many gauges and sizes. Yarn lovers will enjoy the many designer projects using high-quality yarns found at their local yarn shop. Finally, anyone with a baby in their life will be delighted by the baby section.

Carri Hammett clearly explains how to use this book, provides the proper list of tools, common terms and techniques used in knitting and a variety of circular knitting methods such as:

  • How to cast on and work on a circular needle.
  • How to use, arrange and manage double-point needles.
  • Learning the useful Magic Loop method, which incorporates the use of one long circular needle.

In Mittens & Hats for Yarn Lovers, Carri teaches important knitting skills, such as decreasing and picking up stitches, while knitters work on their projects. “After years of experience as a yarn shop owner I understand what confuses knitters and what questions often bring them back to the shop for help. My goal is to write books that give knitters all the information they might need to make what is shown in the book. An independent knitter feels smart and empowered and that’s exactly who yarn shop owners want as customers,” says Carri.

What I love best about this book is how Carri sends you on a “pictorial journey” through your chosen project. She really takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what, in words, can sometimes be confusing. She shows you how to make a mitten and a hat using the Magic Loop method, as shown in the partial example below. The technique is so easy to understand, it literally feels as if she’s personally guiding you through the process.


Looks are deceiving, because you get more than just 12 patterns in this clever book. The basic patterns for hats and mittens are worked in multiple gauges for each size listed. So if, for example, you’re looking to make a lightweight hat for the warmer months ahead, you can opt for using a lighter-gauge yarn. Then, all you need to do is change your needle size and cast on more or less stitches. That’s it!

In addition to circular knitting techniques, this book also packs a punch with these additional techniques:

  • How to work cables
  • Slip-stitch patterns
  • Color stranded knitting
  • Felting

With this book as your guide, knitters of all skill levels will be able to knit an endless variety of mittens and hats for everyone in their families!

(Creative Publishing International/January 2011/$24.99 PLC/144 pages)

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4 Responses to Reading Room: Mittens & Hats for Yarn Lovers

  1. Nancy says:

    Looks like a great book with lots of patterns I would use!

  2. Julie says:

    What a great resource for my library!

  3. Kathi Camire says:

    Facebook says to visit the site and enter to win a book on hats and mittens. Where do you enter?

    • Kara says:

      I have to apologize to everyone! A misprint was placed on our Facebook page about this contest. The good news is, it’s starting tomorrow! Make sure you come on back to find out how you can enter to win a copy of the book!

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