Booklet Review & Giveaway: Math for Hats & Topped for a Year

8/10/2011 UPDATE: This contest is now over, and the winner has been contacted.  Thank you for your interest!
Keep checking back for more great giveaways from lovely designers and companies.

 

Giveaway Rules: One entry per person, and you must be a Craftsy member to win(Click here to become a member.)
Review:

Tot Toppers designer and Crafsty member Kate Oates has outdone herself this time!  She’s created two great booklets that go great together.

The first in the series is called Math for Hats and teaches the knitter exactly how to create great-fitting hats for any family member.

About Math for Hats, Kate says, “Whether you’re a knitter who’d like to know the secrets behind hat sizing to better understand patterns you’re working on, or one who inspires to knit a hat up from scratch, this book will walk you through the aspects to consider.”
Each of the patterns in the booklet is color – coded and matched with a description at the margin, so that you can easily follow along with both the pattern and the instruction.

After you’ve worked your way through Math for Hats, you’re ready to move on and tackle any of the projects in Kate’s book “Topped for a Year: 12 hat patterns.”

This cute, professionally-printed, 12-page booklet is Kate’s first collection of patterns and is adorable!  There’s a baby-or-child hat pattern for each month of the year. The booklet also includes templates for making brims for the hats, which is really clever!  To read more about Kate and to find more of her patterns, here is a link to the Tot Toppers website.

If you’re so new to hat knitting that you’ve maybe never even knit in the round, check out Craftsy’s new online knitting course, Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways.  In this class, you learn to knit in the round while making three cute hats.  It’s a great way to get started on your circular knitting journey. (And, if you register through this post, you can take the course for 50% off.)

Kate, kind knitter that she is, has generously provided us with a copy of EACH of the booklets above. If you’d like a chance to win BOTH booklets, leave a comment below.  We’ll choose a winner at random next week.

Rules: One entry per person, and you must be a Craftsy member to win(Click here to join.)
8/10/2011 UPDATE: This contest is now over, and the winner has been contacted.  Thank you for your interest! Keep checking back for more great giveaways from lovely designers and companies.

 

237 Comments

Julie

Oooooooh, these look lovely! I can absolutely see the genius behind math for knits! I would love to be able to just calculate stitches per family member, just like that!

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Carol Farndon

Love Craftsy and love knitting/crocheting…would love to win one of these books…keep up the good work!

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Colene Myers

I think these are adorable… I am always looking for hat patters I make a lot of hats for babies at the hospitals….

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Linda

What fantastic booklets they look great and would certainly enhance my learning and designing :)

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Connie Caruso

My manager wants me to make your ear flap cable hat for her soon-to-be born baby. I looked and looked and finally found your pattern. Adorable! Would love the pattern. Hope I win!!!!!!!!!!! Your patterns are great.

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terry sedgwick

Those r great booklets. I always need help getting hats to fit. I could use those booklets.

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Tish Painter

Hats are fun to make… especially for kids. I think they are a great way to use up yarn sometimes too! It would be great to know the math behind them so I can make my own and not have to look for the pattern. ^_^

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Susan Christman

love the ideas.. cant wait to learn the techniques

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Eva B

I love Kate’s designs! and love knitting up hats for my kids! this would be great!

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Ann(aka moilulu)

I love Kate –Hi Kate!! I have/love the one booklet would love the other

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Heather

I’d love to be hatted – and it’d be great to have new patterns for friends’ babies!

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Cindy Floyd

I would love to win these books as I just started knitting and they would help me start a very good collection of patterns.

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Dana

These booklets look like they have wonderful projects in them! I’d love to get my hands on those hat patterns! :)

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Toni McKilligan

These both look like great resources and I’d be proud and happy to have them in my collection!

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Shangching

These books look so interesting. Thank you for the offering!

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Kelly Smyczynski

i’ve never been big on making hats because even though you’d think they’d be mostly one size fits all, that’s so far from true and it always has been hit or miss to get a proper fit. i KNOW that book would get me making a lot more hats!

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Melissa Jimenez

This would be a fantastic prize to share with my mother (who got me into knitting)!

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Connie Jones

I love making hats, wearing hats and giving hats away. I give hats to new babies, toddlers and adults. I appreciate new ideas and patterns and would love to learn more about designing my own.

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Mardelle

OK how do I enter since I AM a member????
but even when I press on the link to join nothing else comes up :(

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Rachel Thayer

Please let me win, I never get to win!!!!! Wish me luck!

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Shawna Chatten

I would LOVE to win these books!! I’ve never had good luck with knitting hats so any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Diane {Hershey Children's Photography}

Leaving a comment! So cute!

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Signa Shuff

I love to knit.
I love hats.
I have granchildren that will wear hats that I make (they aren’t teenagers yet :)

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Virginia

thank you so much for giving us this opportunity. i appreciate all the help i get from you!

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Shae Ambler

Thanks for the awesome opportunity Ive been knitting for years but havent tried some of these styles , now that I am pretty much bed bound shorter knitting times and projects are sanity savers for me

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Sarah L

I have had “Topped for a Year” on my wish list for several months. It would be so awesome to win it! The math book would also come in handy, as I am going to design a double knit hat for my 6 year old this winter. Nothing I have found is just what I’m imagining, so it’s off to the drawing board (literally) for me!

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Kate

If these booklets can aptly be judged by their covers, I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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anne bean

I would really like to win, but I have really bad luck. They look really sweet.

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Amber Kaufman

I would LOVE to get the topped for a year book! I just had a baby 5 weeks ago and really need to get to making him some cute stuff….

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anne bean

Please pick me for a winner. I really do have very bad luck. The hats look very sweet to knit!

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Brianna Shumway

Love hats! Those books would be so helpful to me and designing them.

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Kieran Andersen

Ooo! I’m thrilled to have a chance to win such a lovely book! Thank you for the very generous opportunity! I have lots of nieces and nephews that would look adorable in some of those “toppers”!

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Lequisha Caccavale

The booklets look great. I’m really interested in the the “Math for Hats” book.

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Judy Philllips

what can be cuter than adorable tots in adorable tops!

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Joanna Hoch

I love the look of these, and they seem to have the right amount of description. Thank you for the chance to win!

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Laura Zinn

A “Math for Hats” knitting book?! My favourite things (math and knitting) together in one cover!

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Mary Fricke

Great idea for a book (hat math). The patterns look fun.

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Susan Knight

I would love these books. I have 4 grand kids that love hats. Especially when I knit them one! And that goes double when the hat I knit for them happens to be quirky, like a dinosaur hat or a kitty hat or a hat that has lots of bright colored stripes.
Yep, I’d love these books!
sue

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Carol Hayes

How fun to learn how to make hats for all people sizes

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Linda Herrmann

Would love to have some help with hats. All my kids and grandkids LOVE to wear hats…all the more reason to learn more about this awesome craft :)

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sabrina

This wld be great as I’m just now starting to knit and would love to learn about hats. They are so cute too!!

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Debbi Ray

Love these booklets. would love to win. Enjoying my craftsy class too.

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jody59

They sound like fantastic books!! Of course I would LOVE to win them!

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Jessica Clark

All these hats are amazing! I’d love to win these booklets!

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laura philbrook

the caps are soooo adorable. would love to add those patterns to my collection.

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Onnica Hutchings

SWEET idea. I always end up crocheting hats because it makes it easier to size for my family member, but I would LOVE to knit hats too!!!

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Beverly Johnson

I must be a member, I certainly clicked enough places enough times! Am I entered?

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Flossie

those hats are too cute!! and I’m terrible at math, so I need one of these math hat primers…

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Elaine Largie

Wow, I love making hats and Kate’s booklet is much needed for anyone who like to make this fun accessory (sometime necessary) – it enables us to be more creative. Thanks,

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Pat Price

I love to knit and I’m always looking for new patterns.

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Nancy Hood

I absolutely LOVE knitting hats!!! What a wonderful treat to win these new books of ideas!!! Hoping and praying that it happens…I’ve never won anything!

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Mim

These are adorable! I’ve just started trying to make hats, and the “Math for Hats” booklet looks great (especially since I teach math)!

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suzanne

I love hats!! They are quick and you can practice new techniques.

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Burt Tower

I love math, love knitting, and love knitting hats. How could I miss?

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Michelle Short

Wow I have fallen in love with knitting and as a novice these would really help me expand my skills & techniques.

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Melanee Simpson

Adorable hats and such a good idea to include the templates

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Jenni Kane

I love the hat w/ fins and have been looking for a book w/ a proper stocking hat. October 2nd I will be turning 50 and without really thinking about it I started knitting hats to give away at my party. Saturday October 1st at Hales in the back stage area. Seattle Wa, come if you are in the area :] Possible 100 guests… raffle tickets? door prizes? anyway I am on hat number 34!!! since the first of May! I am stuck in a bit of a rut. Watch caps, beanies, cabled caps and jesters caps w/ a squarish top and tassels are about the extent of my knowledge. I would love to have some new ideas and patterns. Thank you for considering me, Cheers, Jenni

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Lish

Looks like a great book. I hope I won. I love knitting hats.

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Lynn Norzinskay

I would love to win these books. I knit and crochet hats a lot, and learning the math and structure would be so helpful. I often do my own thing with the patterns I use, sometimes not so successfully. So I need some instruction for success. The templates for making brims piques my interest even more.

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Diane

You didn’t say if there was a link to a form to fill out for the entry or if we just leave a note here. I would love to win because hats are my favorite thing to knit, especially now that it’s too hot to hold much yarn. I love to knit hats for gifts and give the overflow to various charities.

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Jill Garrett

always love to add to my knitting library… I learned to knit from books. I’m happy to say that I purchased the Fit to Knit Class and am finding it an invaluable help. The math in knitting has always been a mystery to me so I would be very interested in reading and learning from Math for Hats. I never thought I’d have grandchildren and now I have 3 – under the age of 3!!! ( no twins, just 2 different families) so I would love all the different hat patterns for children.

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Sabrina

I’ve never knitted a hat. This giveaway looks like the perfect opportunity to learn. “pick me”

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Reina

I never knitted a hat in the round so this would be awesome to win!! :)

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Giusy

I love her style and photo! I do love the patterns as well and math too :-)

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M. Jane Epstein

Always have trouble getting hats to fit my large head. Looks like something I need.

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Ann Camarata

Love hats…the eternal perfect stash buster for any type of yarn and person.

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Laura

Great booklets… I always have trouble knitting hats for me and my family because we seem to have heads that are generally to big for the largest size given. So I always have to make adjustments. And learning to do that right before seeing the mistake in my knitting afterwards would be agreat improvement.

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Lila Tonche

Hats, hats, hats. I love hats! The chemo patients love them too!

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sharon beach

I love these hat patterns just what I need for my new baby grandson

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Melissa

Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please!

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Dawn Wilkins

these books would be a great help as i have to phone my sister every time i get stuck with my knitting, if i was lucky enough to win these,it might reduce my phone bill by a lot. heres hoping…….

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margaret

The hat patterns are lovely and I would like to make all of them if I get the time!!

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MARSHA ECKHARDT

I started a knitting club for students at the high school where I teach. The majority of the membership wanted to knit hats and I know nothing about knitting hats. These two books would come in very handy for this coming school year.

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Janice

These hats look adorable. I just started knitting hats and they are really fun projects.

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Mishael

I would LOVE to win! Her patterns are so cute and my two little ones would look adorable in these hats.

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Linda McClain

love to knit and would love to have those secrets to hand down to granddaughters

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Linda McClain

would love to have those secrets to be able to hand them down to granddaughters

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Judy Bishop

Great idea – Love making all different types of hats.

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Jan Bos

I’ve been looking for patterns for hats for my grandchildren and having a hard time finding one in their sizes. Would love to have these books.

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Rebecca

These look great, especially Math for Hats! I always like to understand the WHY of things (why x number of stitches, construction of items, etc.) so I can customize. I don’t have kids but I’m surrounded by babies these days (lots of friends having babies). Hats are a great thing to knit because they’re quick and might get some wear before the kids grow out of them.

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Robbyn Oosting

My granddaughter is due to enter this world on Sept. 10th. I have been searching for cute hat patterns to knit for her and her brother. This is just the thing I need! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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Patti

Thank you Kate Oates and Crafsty for the opportunity to win these books. I’ve made afghans for my grandchildren, and these books will give me the perfect excuse to use the left over yarn from each project to make a hat for the individual whose afghan the yarn matches.

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Joyce R in PA

A new Great-granddaughter will arrive soon so I need to make her some hats, caps, and things.

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Melissa Landon

I have a new grandson and would love to make him more hats!

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Bonnie Pinkerton

Oh how I would love to win this set! My darling niece has been wanting me to make a special hat for her!

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Tiphanie

I would love to win these booklets! I love Kate’s hats; thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

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Linda

The little hats on the cover of this book sure do look interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win the two books.

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Rebekah

I’ve often wondered how to make the perfect fitting hat. I sure hope I’ll be able to win!

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Rebecca W

Can’t pass up an opportunity to enter! I adore Kate’s patterns. They’re so cute and so much fun to make for my baby and toddler!! :)

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Kate

This is awesome!!!! I love TotToppers and well, ALL of Kate’s patterns!

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Christie

This is exactly what I needed when I gave up on my beret pattern in disgust. What a great publication!

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Melissa Cardin

Such a great looking booklet! Would love to learn more of the math behind it!

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julie barrett

love even just looking at the pictures. love the designs. thanks for having this contest.

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stacy sathe

i like to make hats for gifts so i would love these books!!!

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Doris

What an amazing book! Thank you for putting this together for us.

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Margaret Foster

I love making hats! And I would love to win these booklets!!

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Sue

I love to knit! Haven’t really gotten into hats but these patterns look perfect to begin getting hooked on hats. If I don’t win – I’ll be buying these! :)

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Alaina

I would love to win as it would be something for me to teach my niece. We do everything together so i think we could both take interest in these hats :)

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Kathy Szente

Ohhhhh!!!!!!! I absolutely love the looks of the knit items!!!! Would love the opportunity to knit them! You’ll need to pull my name out of the hat though in order for me to do that……hint, hint, hint:)

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Karen Milner

These hats look so interesting to make, and just the size project that I would actually finish….lol!!

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Raine

Wow both of these look awesome. I have needed the measurement one in the past as we have some people with wider and deeper heads. LOL
Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Norma

Have never seen such adorable hat patterns. Thanks for such creativity!

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Julie Chandler

4 grandchildren, 4 totally different ages – sounds like what I need to get the right sizes and the right styles!

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Ronni

Hats are my niche in knitting! I always have trouble figuring the sizing, and have ripped out many a project because I was way off. These would be a great help to me.

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NanaMary

Love the designs on the front covers. I have to admit this is my first time viewing Kate’s creations. I would love to win so I could adorn my granddaughters and friends’ babies with those hats.

Kate, thanks for being so creative.

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Fran

Hat Math is the perfect booklet for a beginner like me.. Fingers crossed here

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shannon smith

Our family is growing. How wonderful to be able to knit hats for all in different sizes from one book.! Hope I win!

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Paola

I am a new knitter and I think math for hats may be just what I need :)

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lee schery

I have always had trouble with math. Then when I was about 10 my grandmother taught me to knit. For the first time ever I could visualize math! Today I work in a lab where math is crucial and knitting is my passion. Now I love teaching my grandkids to knit and ‘see’ math!!!

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Heidi M.

I would LOVE to win these! I especially like Math for Hats! Got my fingers crossed!

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jeanette burnett

This looks fantastic, love tp knit and crochet, even managed to crochet my daughter a tri-corner pirate hat for her pirate day at school and all without a pattern. Would love to expand my knitting/ crocheting and these are certainly the books to help!

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Kristy Ostergard

I’d love, love, love to win these books – I have four grandchildren that would benefit greatly!!!

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Joyce

I have never made a hat…these 2 booklets would change that!!

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Jill B

These look great! I’m always looking for new hat patterns.

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Sara

I’m seriously hooked on hats this year, especially for babies and toddlers! These look like a great addition to my growing pattern/knitting library.

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Veronica

I would love to win these booklets! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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KRISTIN G

These look like great toppers!! And a great reference tool I have been looking for…it would be nice to not be guessing on sizes and have these great topper booklets

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Heather Burke

let me know when I win haha.
The books look great !

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Diane

I’ve never quite managed making hats that fit correctly or look like their suppose too. These booklets would be wonderful to have! I make a lot of baby blankets and always say to myself that a little hat would be so cute to go with the blanket! Here’s my chance to make that happen. Adorable patterns!

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Cindy Broecker

Wow! Would love to win them!! Two babies on the way, and many grandchildren!
Thanks,
Cindy

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Brook Fearn

Would love to learn more about hat sizing. I can’t wait to knit a hat for my future daughter/son due in Feb.!

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Amy

I am just learning to make hats, and I would LOVE to win these books!!

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SueB

I would love to learn how to knit hats to size. Thanks for a chance to win!

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Pat

This is a very interesting website! I would love to win a booklet!

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Tabinda

oh it would be so nice to win a kniting magazine as here in pakistan such magazines are very expensive and mostly not available and i just loveeeeeeee kniting :)

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Jaymie Pobanz

I would love to learn the math behind pattern making. Cool books!

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Toni

What a great giveaway! I love TotToppers patterns…I’m working on Kate’s Dino sweater right now! =) Thanks for doing this giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed. :D

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Melva Cohenour

I Fell these books would more of the little details that I need to make a hat with better fit which mine are lacking. Nice books.

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Dawn Dreibus

Those pictures of those hats are really cute. Would love to do them!

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Judi J

I adore these hats, want to make one of each for my little cousins and nieces and nephews !! I wish I was talented enough to create patterns, but would be ecstatic to knit yours ! :D

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Deborah

I’ll have to get this booklet even if I don’t win, my husband is asking for a new warm and cozy hat for his walk to work this winter… something in Alpaca he’s saying.

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CatieP

those books look great – I’d love to have the chance to see them in person

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Tami H

I would love to know how to do the math for hats. We also have little ones growing up in the family that it would be cute to knit hats for.

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Casey W

How fun! I’m always finding cute baby hat patterns, but am really lacking the know-how to make them bigger for us big kids! Might just have to purchase the book if I don’t win:)

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Susan Nagel

I would love to win! Just learning to knit – just had a new grandbaby – would love to make hats – hats and more hats lol bring it on!

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Beth Hicks

The idea of a book that tells me how to adapt hats for my family definitely appeals to the “mathie” in me. And, the patterns look great.

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Nieves

knitting hats is my favorite thing to do.. I’m always creating my own designs, it would be nice to have a book with lots of math tips.

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Clifton Harp

I never win at these things but I would LOVE to get these booklets!

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Anne

I enjoy making hats and I have 3 grandchildren who will wear them.

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pamela wallng

The books look great. My knitting group is makng hats for the hmeless this fall and the books would really help.

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Edyta Niemyjska

I made my first hat when I was 16. Once I realized that it didn’t fit my head (after about hours of compulsive knitting) I started again and again. Now, 10 years later, I’m back to knitting and I still use my “old technique” of making the hat again if it does not fit.
It would be great to have a book with instructions of proper hat-making.

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Linda C. Packard

I love the hats shown in the pictures. I need ideas for great hats, as I haven’t made but one pattern. They look great.

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Lila

I love the hat patterns! Perfect for my twin granddaughters!!!

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Debbie

Love to knit hat…especially for babies! I was always afraid of knitting in the round on DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES! Gasp! But really quick and easy!!

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June Ling

Yay! A booklet that explains the hows and whys of hat designing. And one can never have too many hat patterns

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Cinda Friend

No grandbabies yet. Alot of grand nieces and nephews though would look great in these hats!!

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Val

These booklets are just what I need! I’m very good at making hats that don’t fit. :(

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michele

Would LOVE to win these books = GREAT resources and NICE patterns.

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Maverick98023

Those look like great books and a wonderful technique to learn!!

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Carolina

What a great giveway! Both booklets will come in handy….lots of girls at work are having babies!

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Jennifer R.

Awesome giveaway!!! I work Labor & Delivery, and I knit hats to give to the babies I have assisted in delivering….this would come in VERY HANDY!!!! Thanks for continuing to offer these giveaways =)

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Jennifer R.

This would be very helpful!!! I knit hats for newborns I assist in delivering…I’m a Labor & Delivery nurse. Thanks for offering great giveaways!!!

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Jen

I just heard Kate talking about this book on the Never Not Knitting podcast this afternoon–I would love to get it!

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Cindy Highfill

I love Kate’s designs…what a great give away, Thanks!

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Lisa

This is the perfect solution for getting hats to fit–what a concept! The word “math” probably scares a lot of people, but we don’t need to be afraid! Lovely book!

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Stefanie Japel

8/10/2011 UPDATE: This contest is now over, and the winner has been contacted. Thank you for your interest!

Keep checking back for more great giveaways from lovely designers and companies.

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