I could not have been more delighted to be asked to Review the new Woolly Worm Hat Painted Toppers collection. To be honest I have a tiny designers crush Woolly and her amazing work for a long time.
Woolly Wormhead is a true artist and designer, if you follow her Instagram account you get a glimpse into the world of art and creativity in which she lives. An artistic community challenging the boundaries of art and suburban life, and you can see this evident in her work. She embraces the challenge of functional hat design with creativity and often totally out of the box thinking on shape and construction. Yet the piece are always wearable and often a wardrobe statement all on their own.
I have admired how she stayed true to her area of design and has become the hat expert, she knows hats and while many of use think of different designs to put on standard shapes and constructions, Woolly is always challenging this and doing things with hats that leave you thinking ” Genius” Her new collection is no different.
This time she solves the problem that may of us knitters have in that hand painted Indie dyed skeins of yarn that look amazing in the skein can be unpredicatble to knit and we don’t always know what to do with them.
“Painted Woolly Toppers features 10 Hats designed especially for hand-dyed and variegated yarns. There were two main ideas behind the book – firstly, to create designs for those oh so beautiful yet tricky to knit with hand dyed skeins that we all get seduced by; and secondly to support indie dyers.
Each of the Hats has an element of garter stitch – a great bedfellow to variegated yarns – and a strong structure to support the designs. Technique, as always with my patterns, is a key feature, which allows knitters to stretch their skills and provides resources for tutors and yarn shops.”
The book is beautifully laid out, clean and clear which I love in a pattern layout. The book includes a fantastic picture tutorial section so not only can you try new techniques but you have a picture resource if they are new to you. The pictures are clear and helpful and I am hoping with this Rachel will be able to tackle some of these hats.
I can’t wait to get some of these on my needles. I am hoping to use some of my handspun that has kindly been gifted to me.
A quick run through the designs. Which one is your favourite?