Are you in need of some new hats — either to add to your own wardrobe or to give to others as gifts or charity crochet projects? Would you be interested in learning how to make extraordinary hats that feature eye-catching geometric shapes and designs?
If so, there’s a lovely crochet pattern booklet you need to know about. It’s called Learn to Crochet Mosaic Hats by Melissa Leapman. Annie’s is the publisher.
Even if you’re a little bit hesitant to try crochet colorwork patterns, don’t hit the back button just yet. These mosaic hat patterns might look complicated — but would you believe you only need to work with one color per row to actually make them?
Crocheting these stylish hats is whole lot easier than you’d think. In fact, the team at Annie’s has assigned each of these hats a skill level rating of “easy”. So definitely don’t hesitate to give them a try, even if you’ve never attempted colorwork before.
More Information About This Crochet Pattern Book:
Author: Melissa Leapman
ISBN 13: 978-1590126479
ISBN 10: 1590126475
This book is available in the following format(s):
Number of Pages: 24 pages
Skill Level: The hat patterns in this book are all rated as easy patterns.
The Focus of This Book:
This book has two primary focuses. The first is teaching you how to do the mosaic crochet technique. The book starts off with a fantastic, full-color photo tutorial showing you how to do one of the mosaic crochet stitch patterns. The crochet hat patterns are the second focus of the book; once you’ve learned the basics of mosaic crochet, you can take what you’ve learned and use it to crochet these stylish hats.
Crochet Projects Included in This Book:
Confetti Stripes Hat
Diagonal Stair Steps Hat
Dotted Stripes Hat
Mosaic Grid Hat
The Best Things About This Book
These hats are all stylish, wearable, novel and eye catching. Even if you already own some crochet hat pattern books, the chances are good that you don’t already have any patterns quite like these.
These hats are all super interesting crochet projects. It is absolutely fascinating to watch these mosaic patterns develop as you work them.
These are all unisex hat designs, with sizing suitable for men, women and teens. The hats would look great on either ladies or gentlemen.
These hats are all gift worthy. They would make fantastic Christmas gifts, birthday gifts or other gifts for your loved ones.
I think the mosaic crochet tutorial is clear and helpful.
The styling and photography presented in the book are likewise clear and helpful. The stylist chose clothing that perfectly complements the hat designs. The photographs are interesting, in focus, clear and free of unnecessary distractions.
The book’s format is logical, straightforward and user friendly. The fonts are clean and readable.
This book is both a pattern book and a technique book, wrapped into one short, sweet, concise, affordable volume. As such, this book offers you an amazing amount of value for its asking price.
The book was printed in the USA, which is wonderful for several reasons. Some competing craft books are printed in China or other faraway countries — but shipping books such long distances is not ideal from an environmental standpoint, considering the target market for this book is North American crocheters. Also, since workers in the United States are presumably paid fair wages for their work, there are no fair trade issues to be concerned with.
Other Observations About This Book
These hats are all quite similar to each other in style; they’re all slouchy beanies with ribbing. Different mosaic crochet stitch patterns and colors are the major differentiating factors that make each hat in the book stand out from the others.
This book DOES NOT include any charts — no symbol crochet charts and no color charts. The hat patterns are presented as written text instructions.
The author of this book, Melissa Leapman, is one of the rock stars of crochet. She has attained a level of design expertise that’s unmatched by many of the other crochet pattern designers, authors and bloggers who are writing competing pattern books in this space (which is another one of the many reasons you’d want to buy this book — and her other books, too!)
This is in part because Melissa has been designing crochet patterns for more than 28 years! In that time period, she has also written a significant number of knitting and crochet books.
One of her other books is a stitch dictionary that includes both charts and written instructions for some of these mosaic crochet stitches, plus others. So if you would be interested in having charts for most (but not all!) of the stitches she used for crocheting these hats, you might want to consider adding both this book plus Melissa’s stitch dictionary to your crochet library.
Her stitch dictionary is called Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa about the book awhile back — and in the interview, we discussed some of the stitches and techniques covered in it. If that sounds interesting to you, you’re invited to check out the interview here.
I want to point out something important: It IS NOT ESSENTIAL for you to have charts in order to understand, use and enjoy the mosaic crochet technique. Learn to Crochet Mosaic Hats totally stands on its own as a pattern book.
Crochet charts are time-consuming to prepare, and they require special software and expertise. When they’re included in a pattern book, their presence can add on to the cost of that book substantially. Learn to Crochet Mosaic Hats is totally affordable — and that is another one of its major selling points. I am sure its price would be higher if charts had been included. So I really don’t see it as automatically being a downside that the book doesn’t include charts.
But, having said that, a lot of crocheters prefer working from charts — and, if that’s you, you’d most likely be glad to have both books. I think they make wonderful companions, and I’m super glad I have both of them in my crochet library. If your pattern budget permits, I highly recommend buying, using and enjoying both books.
I’m a huge fan of Melissa Leapman’s work, and I’ve never yet been disappointed by one of her books. This book is no exception — it is a truly outstanding reference, and I’m delighted to recommend it to other crochet enthusiasts. If you’d like to either make new hats or learn the mosaic crochet technique, this book is a fantastic choice for either purpose.
Where to Buy This Book:
- Click here to shop for this book at the Annie’s Catalog website.
- Click here to shop for this book at Amazon.
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About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. She earned a degree in textile design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 1997. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and KnittingandCrochet.net.
This page was last updated on 8-25-2019.