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Noggins & Necks Book -- A Crochet Pattern Book of Hats and Scarves

Book Review of Noggins & Necks by Bonnie Barker, Published by Leisure Arts

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Noggins & Necks, a Crochet Pattern Book With Hat and Scarf Patterns by Bonnie Barker

Noggins & Necks, a Crochet Pattern Book With Hat and Scarf Patterns by Bonnie Barker

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Book Title: Noggins & Necks: 10 Crochet Designs
Author: Bonnie Barker
Publisher: Leisure Arts
Book Copyright Date: 2010
ISBN: 978157486397
Format: Softcover With Staple Binding
Number of Pages: 20, not including the covers
Cover Price: $9.95 US dollars
Skill Level: Easy

Book Premise

This book gives you ten different patterns for crocheting matching sets of ladies' hats and scarves. You get five hat patterns and five matching scarf patterns.

These patterns are all similar in that they're all highly textured designs made with medium-weight yarn. In most locations where the weather gets cold, the designs are suitable for wearing in the fall and winter; in some locations they'll be suitable for wearing on chilly days in the spring as well.

Book Value

In my opinion, this book is a great value for the money you spend. If you pay the cover price of $9.95 US, it means that you pay a little less than a dollar for each pattern. Not bad! If you have a need for women's crocheted hat and scarf patterns, this book is a good one to consider -- but please note the sizing information given below, and take that into consideration as well.

Crochet Patterns Included in This Pattern Book

  • Basket Weave Hat and Scarf Set -- This set features front post and back post double crochet stitches arranged in a basket weave type configuration.


  • Woven Stitch Hat and Scarf Set -- This set features a lovely textured, aran-style look made from treble crochets plus a special stitch called "woven stitch."


  • Two Stitch Hat and Scarf Set -- Alternating single crochets and double crochets form the textured pattern used to crochet this set.


  • Fisherman Hat and Scarf Set -- This innovative, interesting set is crocheted using popcorns and cables. The pattern instructions include several diagrams which show you in detail how to work the cables.


  • Braided Hat and Scarf Set -- This set combines textured stitches, including popcorns and post stitches, to give you another aran-style duo. The hat for this set reminds me a bit of a helmet; unlike the others in the book, I'm not so sure I like it. Your mileage may vary.

Size Information:

These hats are all designed to fit a head measuring 21 inches in circumference. If your head is a significantly different size, you might need to adjust the patterns, but you'll be on your own as far as figuring out how to do that.

Book Pros

Noggins & Necks, a Crochet Pattern Book With Hat and Scarf Patterns by Bonnie Barker

Noggins & Necks, a Crochet Pattern Book With Hat and Scarf Patterns by Bonnie Barker

Photo © Leisure Arts, Courtesy of Pricegrabber
  • These are all practical patterns; if you follow the instructions and use suitable yarn, you can expect that your finished projects will be suitable for cold-weather wear.
  • These patterns are all classic, traditional designs; they're all stylish, but none of them are overly trendy, which means that you'll be able to enjoy them for years to come.
  • Despite the "easy" label, they all look as if they'd be pretty interesting projects to crochet.
  • The photography and styling are well done; they show off the projects realistically and in an appealing way.

Cons:

  • There isn't much variety in the designs presented; the patterns are pretty similar.
  • As mentioned, one hat design reminds me of a helmet.

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