Book Review: Modish Crochet Hats

Earlier this month a fellow crocheter asked us if we had a good hat pattern for a little boy. Other than our Garden of Fedoras pattern, we really don't, since we tend to design patterns for our family, which does not include little boys at the moment. I believe our crochet friend ended up making a Minion hat for the little boy in question, but I do wish I had seen Modish Crochet Hats, a new book from Annie's, at the time of our conversation.

At first glance, the hats in this book don't look like anything special, but then it occurred to me that all 8 styles are classics that most crocheters seek to make at least once during their crochet careers. What's more, most of the patterns are sized from child to adult, which makes this a great reference book to have on hand for standard hat styles.

Modish Crochet Hats

Fiber Lesson: Wool

Our house is sometimes affectionately known as the Lion's Den, because all three humans in residence happen to be Leos--and they also happen to be summer people. Summer is the time when their creative juices start flowing and they produce some of their best works of art. They are probably some of the few people who are saddened to see the influx of pumpkin-spice-everything every October, because it means the long, warm days of creative energy are coming to an end.

On the other hand, the end of summer also means the start of crochet season. Yes, we hardcore crochet enthusiasts crochet year round, but autumn is the time when we all start thinking about cozy hats and scarves and all the wonderful things we might crochet for loved ones for the holidays. This is evidenced by the fact that we've seen quite an uptick in yarn sales at Crochet Kitten's Bazaar in the last month. And since we're all thinking about cuddling up with a nice warm ball of yarn, I thought now would be a good time to continue our fiber series with a lesson on wool.

Little Lovely and her friend greeting a wool-producer in June.