Having lived in Florida and Georgia for the last 17 years I don't have any hats and scarves so I decided I need to prepare for the move to Minneapolis by making myself some.
I've been looking for books and patterns for hats, scarves, and shawls and have had trouble finding simple patterns to knit or crochet. The ones I found were either ugly or too complicated.
In the last 3 weeks I've found 3 books that I love and in the last 4 days, I finished 2 hats and am halfway through a scarf (hats go SO fast I love making them).
This first hat is not from one of the books but is from a pattern I got at the yarn store and is more of a recipe than a pattern. It shows you how to make several variations of this hat in any size with any yarn.
This is the FIRST knitted hat I've ever made - it's knitted in the round on circular needles and then double pointed needles are used to shape the crown. I'm so PROUD of myself because it turned out great. I've got to go back to the store and get more yarn to make a matching scarf.
Just when I had given up on finding a crochet hat that wasn't ugly and bulky I found the book Crochet a Dozen Hats. This hat is crocheted in Lions Brand Homespun yarn and is cute and warm.
Here are the 3 books I found. I especially love the last book by Carri Hammett - in addition to great patterns she has wonderful *lessons* and tips.
Crochet A Dozen Hats
Big Book of Knit Hats & Scarves for Everyone (Leisure Arts #4484) (Paperback)
Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers: Knitting with Simple Patterns and Amazing Yarns
by Carri Hammett