Review of Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods

Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods: 30 Engaging Designs for Beanies, Tams, Slouches, and More by [Serviss, Diane]


Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods

Diane Serviss

Stackpole Books

October 1, 2018

Blurb: Hats! Hats! Hats! Diane Serviss, co-owner of and design force behind the Pixiebell and Elfinwear brands, never runs out of inspiration for new patterns, styles, textures, and shapes for knitted hats. In this new collection, she includes hoods, beanies, slouches, and tams incorporating a variety of colorwork, texture, pom-poms, and cables. Each of the 30 patterns in this book offers something special to the knitter, and they are all knockouts!


Of all the gifts I’ve knitted, hats are the most welcome and requested so I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to read and review Diane Serviss’ Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods.

The patterns in Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods are very appealing and accessible, and as I was reading through the patterns, I found myself itching to get at least two of the beanies on the needles immediately.

A variety of yarn weights are used, from dk, worsted, and bulky, which means that if you’re planning on gifting a hat, you can probably knit one of these in no time. However, if you have a favorite skein of indie hand-dyed sock yarn, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

My one disappointment is that none of these looked like a true unisex hat. The ones pointed out as unisex might just be a little too fussy for the guys I normally knit for, but frankly, there are lots of unfussy hat patterns out there so that really isn’t a deciding factor on whether you should add this book to your pattern library or not.

A great addition is the fact that there is a picture tutorial at the end that walks the knitter through a couple of different cast-on methods as well as some of the stitches incorporated in the patterns making this so excellent for the beginning knitter.

I have a feeling at least one of the hoods knit with bulky yarn as well as a beanie will be added to my queue very soon. I love the idea of the hood, that covers the head as well as the neck, and will be so welcome in January when Scout needs to be walked. The hood also has the option of having ears so that might just make the day for you or a little one.

Hats, hats, hats! Woot!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-and-a-half

4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


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