Classic Woolly Toppers blog tour & giveaway

Over the summer my eldest son began knitting again. This was primarily prompted by his love for hats so it seemed a fairly natural extension that he would love Woolly Wormhead’s designs. In fact it was only a few weeks ago that I blogged about Aeonium that he had just knit for a friend!

During August he was looking around at hat patterns online and came across the Camden Cap and loved it. Then, almost as though it was meant to be, I got an invitation to the Classic Woolly Toppers blog tour. Blogging about my son’s hat knitting progress seemed like a perfect blog tour stop for us – I even got him to write his own thoughts on the knitting progress.

(c) Woolly Wormhead

Before I start talking about specifics of the Camden Cap I’d like to tell you a little about the book. Classic Woolly Toppers is a book of classic hats  with a Wormhead twist! There are 44 pages with 10 designs and the start of the book also includes multiple pages of illustrated tutorials for techniques you may not have previously used.

(c) Woolly Wormhead

Woolly is really a designer after my own heart, she likes to design hats that are just a little quirky, with elements that make sense from a construction point of view. It is an interesting process working through a pattern with my son. We found some Cushendale DK wool in my stash that he liked the colour of and got started.  He hasn’t come across a lot of the techniques before but I’m just teaching him each one as we reach it. We’ve now done the provisional cast on, short rows, picking up wraps and undoing the provisional cast on. We’re currently working on the blocking and moving on to the joining of the hem. The patterns are all so well written that once the technique has been explained he’s well able to go from there to working through the remainder of the hat.  I’m afraid thanks to the imposition of school he hasn’t finished the hat yet but that will be another blog post :-)

Now here, in Caelen’s own words was his experience knitting Camden:

“I discovered this hat when investigating the website of wooly wormhead. I was intrigued by the peak of this hat, as I had never encountered such a design in a piece of knitware before. After expressing this interest to my Mum, I discovered how it worked. As the blog tour of C.W.T. was taking place, I decided to give it a go and show my results. The hat has a very interesting design, I have just moved on from the peak to the brim, and should finish it soon. Knitting together two pieces of wool around a piece of constantly slipping plastic was a first for me, I can confidently say. This hat is by far one of the more challenging knits I’ve done, and I’ve enjoyed and learned a lot knitting it so far. I look forward to seeing how it turns out!”

Knitting in the plastic
Close up of plastic in peek
Finished peek
Starting the brim in the round

For any of you out there who would like to join my son knitting Camden it’s actually Woolly Wormhead’s September KAL!

If you want to check out some of the blog tour stops before me, Subway Knits was the previous stop and the next stop on the tour will be on the 21st of September with Tot Toppers.

And now for the giveaway!! If you’d like a chance to get your hands on a digital copy of this book just put your ravelry name in the comments below with your favourite hat from the book.  I’ll pick a winner on Saturday 22nd of September so get your comment in by then!

Book details:

Classic Woolly Toppers is authored and published by Woolly Wormhead Published July 2012
Print edition:44 pages, full colour, 7.75in x 7.75in, 120g ISBN/EAN13: 1477610952 / 9781477610954 RRP: £12/$17/€15
Digital edition:PDF: 46 pages, full colour, 150DPI, 5MB Product no.: WW204BClassicWoollyToppers RRP: £9/$15/€12