3.05.2014

Good Deeds: Contest!

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the book Good Deeds, Volume One: Hats, which is available as an ebook for purchase on Ravelry or Etsy.

The book, curated by Kyle Kunnecke, includes 15 hat patterns using a variety of techniques (lace, stranded, entrelac, crochet!) in a full range of yarn weights from fingering to super bulky. Each of the designers has donated their patterns so that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the ebook can be donated to Breast Cancer Connections, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit that supports people touched by breast and ovarian cancer.


The photography in this 79-page ebook is stunning, and the charts, where required, look well laid out. With something for everyone, it's easy to find a few favourites among the designs included.

My personal favourite is Franklin Habit's Meliorus. Worked up in four colours of DK Lively, I think this hat would be a winner!


Another favourite is Lars Rains' Raspberry Beret. I'm not sure I can personally pull off wearing this style of hat, but it might be hard to resist knitting it for someone else using a skein of Entice.
Normally I include a contest to go along with my book reviews and award a copy of the book being discussed. However, in this case, I think it makes more sense for each of you to check out the book and hopefully decide to purchase it for yourselves so that the proceeds being donated will continue to increase.

So, instead of awarding a copy of the book, we have decided to award a $35 gift certificate to the Hazel Knits online store. In order to be entered into the drawing for the gift certificate you will need to leave a comment on this post before midnight Pacific on Monday, March 10, 2014, telling me two things. First, check out the patterns in the book and then tell me which pattern in the collection is your favourite. And second, I would also like to know what is your favourite yarn weight for knitting hats.  I will randomly select one winner from the comments.

Please be sure to include information so that I can contact you if you win - an email address or Ravelry name, please. 

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Hazel Knits was proud to be one of the sponsors of this collection.

46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was honored to be included as one of the designers in Good Deeds. Kyle is tireless in his charity work and I feel so privileged to have my pattern (Rolled Brim Cloche) included. If I win the certificate, I pledge to use it to make a charity item; hats, scarves, mitts, Knitted Knockers? cindybknits is my Rav ID. Cynthia Baily

March 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger lambdamuepsilon said...

I love the Outer Limits hat, which is knit in my favourite choice of yarn weight for hats: fingering. Even though it is finer than most weights used for hats, I find they knit up quickly and can be worn for a lot longer than those that use bulkier weights.

lambdamuepsilon on Ravelry

March 5, 2014 at 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

My favorite pattern from the book is Meliorus, probably due to the colorwork.

When I went to look on Ravelry, I have only made 8 hats, and 6 of them were with worsted weight yarn. I like a warm winter hat. I think that stranding with DK Lively would also give a nice, warm hat, and I would like to try it.

Thanks for highlighting this new book on the blog. It's a worthy cause.

I am nbgriz on Ravelry.

March 5, 2014 at 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oy, will try again! This is Maryzona on Ravelry!!

After much consideration, I choose Mandarinfish Hat. I really like the way it looks and the construction looks like fun. I prefer (or usually end up choosing) DK hat patterns.

Again, since I left it off first comment, Maryzona on Ravelry chiming in!

March 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger LBJ said...

While I am not a wear-er of hats and not usually a maker of hats, this book intrigues me if nothing more than the cause it supports. I lost my grandmother to breast and ovarian cancer before I was born so it hits close to home.

March 5, 2014 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger scienceknitster said...

Wow! What great hats! It's hard to chjoose, but I have to go with "Breast Hat" by Megan Grewel. :-)

My favorite weight for hats right now is DK -- so I can use DK Lively! My latest favorite yarn! It's just so squishy!

Also, I wanted to say that it is great to see models of color in this book!

March 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Camanoah said...

I like the Rolled Brim Cloche. I like DK weight (or worsted weight) for hats for speed, but love fingering weight for the finer detail that's possible.
Just found a plethora of yarn that was in my 30 year old craft trunk and my goal this year is to use it all up, a lot of it for charity hats , plus a special project (as yet unchosen) for the New Zealand wool yarn in various natural colors that my Mom brought me (I had forgotten about it!).
RavID: Camanoah

March 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger bellasocks said...

Love the rolled brim cloche! My fave yarn for knittings hat is dk or sport weight

March 5, 2014 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

Springridge is definitely my favourite -- not sure if it's the chocolate colour it's shown in, or the cabley texture.... This would be great in a DK weight (my favourite weight of yarn, particularly when it's Wendee's HK yarn!)
GGailG

March 5, 2014 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger M. K. Nance said...

Mandarinfish Hat is my favorite.

I prefer knitting hats with fingering because I love colorwork and otherwise it is too warm.

Ravelry id is kathynancygirl

March 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think mandarinfish would be my favorite. Hats are a perfect way to use any weight of yarn and I've knit them in everything from light fingering to super bulky. Sammi2 on rav!

March 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Mimi F said...

I love Springbridge. Hats in DK are great for me - not too heavy, not too light.
mimifan onr av

March 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Courtney Shannon said...

My favorite pattern from the book is Springbridge, the one on the cover. My favorite yarn weight for knitting hats is fingering because there are so many fun colorwork patterns out there in fingering weight. My ravID is courtneyshannon

March 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

My favorite is Meliorus by Franklin Habit. I'm already dreaming about all the color combinations I could do in that pattern! I think my favorite weight for hats is Sport. Not to fiddly and you can still get a nice warm hat.

March 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger sharon said...

I like the Entrelac Winter hat and like knitting hats in Dk.
Thanks

March 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous IAMARG said...

I love the "Entrelac Winter Hat" by Amanda Lilley because it is sophisticated and stylish (especially with that poppy). I'm not really a hat person, but I feel like most people would be able to pull off this style. I love everything about fingering weight yarn, and I would definitely make this hat using a fingering weight with good stitch definition. The light weight would make the hat perfect for fall or early winter.

March 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Marvel said...

I love Shnoodie and Springbridge.

March 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

It's hard to choose between Springbridge and Raspberry Beret... I'll go with Raspberry. I like to work with DK or sport for hats - not too thick, but warm... teabird on Ravelry.

March 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I like outer Limits and DK weight yarn usually.

March 5, 2014 at 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Miriam said...

So many great hats to choose from! I knit hats for family but I'm more of a hood gal myself, so if I have to pick a favorite it's "Shnoodie". Love the look, colors and LOVE saying the name. I like DK for hats. I've used it for colorwork and it makes the warmest softest fabric. blekky on Ravelry

March 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Lots of fun hats in this collection! My favorite is the Springbridge hat; I love to knit (and wear) berets. I prefer to knit hats in DK or worsted weight, because you have a finished hat quicker! I'm jchant on Ravelry.

March 6, 2014 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger KatyAnne said...

The meliorus! Would be beautiful in shades of green, blue, gray.... Most hats I've made are worsted or DK, but a few baby hats in fingering (hazel knits!)

March 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Reinventing Mother said...

I really love the Raspberry Beret. My favorite weight for hats is DK.

March 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Shelly said...

My favorite is Springbridge. Love the brown and all the cables! My favorite yarn for hats is either DK or worsted. Thanks for sharing about this collection!

Rav: SnowShell

March 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger +Martha said...

What fun and creative hats. From tradtional to quirky all a guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the wearer, especially if it was a gift. I think the first one I would make is Springbridge because of the wonderful cable work, but Meliorus wouldn't be far behind.

March 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Shannon Adams said...

I absolutely love the entrelac winter hat as well as Springbridge. Probably my favorite hat yarn weight would be a worsted, especially for this cold Upstate NY weather. My rav ID is wldnovacat. Thank you for holding this contest.

March 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger The Bon said...

i like mandarinfish the best, and i really like knitting hats in everything from fingering to aran weight yarns

March 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I think my favorite hat is the Entrelac Winter Hat. While I don't really knit many hats, my favorite weight to knit with is fingering because it works in just about every situation.

March 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Maomama05 said...

I was immediately drawn to Lara Smoot's Outer Limits, looks fantastic and seems like it would be an interesting knit. As for hat yarn, I prefer worsted. I live in southwest MI and worsted weight is ideal for keeping the polar vortex at bay! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Rav - lisabarrett

March 8, 2014 at 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I like Springbridge the best. But the Raspberry Beret is up there too.

I've not knit many hats and only used a heavier weight for them. But I think DK Lively would be a good choice.

mom2legomaniacs on Rav

March 9, 2014 at 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Marci Anderson said...

Melorius is easily my favorite of the collection.

My favorite yarn weight for hats is DK...I find worsted a little too heavy and fingering not warm enough. Just call me Goldilocks.

March 9, 2014 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Sue said...

Hi, So many pretty patterns and such a good cause! My favorite is Outer Limits. Looks like a fun knit. I really prefer DK weight for hat yarn here in the PNW weather.
soxsusie on Rav

March 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

My favourite is definitely Springridge. I think my favourite yarn is DK, but I haven't tried them all! I've never knit a hat in fingering weight. I have plans for this, but haven't done it yet.

March 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I love the Chocco Pattern. I like to wear hats in DK or Worsted due to the cold weather in CT. But, I also like to knit the fingering weight ones.

March 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

My favorite hat in the book is "The Outer Limits" by Lara Smoot. My favorite weight for hats is a heavy worsted weight.
Lmecoll on Ravelry

March 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sponsoring and then featuring this eBook - what a great cause! I want to make the "Entrelac Winter Hat" because it looks great and also because I want to try Entrelac in the round. (At least I hope it's knitted in the round ... .) For hats I usually use sport or DK, although this winter's temps makes me wonder if maybe worsted is a good idea.

"tessknits" on Rav

March 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Annie J. said...

I like Entrelac Winter Hat and my favorite weight for hats is dk/sport.

March 9, 2014 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger TheJenmeister said...

there are at least four that appeal to me, but the Mandarinfish hat in DK lively would be something really special!

March 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite hat in the collection is springbridge and my favorite weight yarn to knit hats with is dk.

ejsufka on ravelry

March 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Brenda G said...

I like the Breast Hat the most but I'll probably make many from this book. Usually I choose DK weight for hats.
On Ravelry I'm BrendaKG.

March 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I like the mandarin fish hat the best, but there were so many lovely hats. Living in the Pacific Northwest my favorite weight yarn for knitting hats is fingering weight.

March 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely collection! My favorite is the Entrelac Winter Hat and I prefer to make hats out of either dk or worsted weight yarns.
Rav ID - lesleybadger

March 10, 2014 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger Juliaknit said...

My favorite is the Raspberry Beret and DK is my favorite weight to use for hats.

Juliaknit on Ravelry

March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Ayana C. said...

As many other commenters have mentioned, I also love the colorwork on the Meliorus pattern.
My favorite weight to knit hats (especially colorwork) is fingering or sport weight.

Rav ID: SophistaKnit

March 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Ravelry id: mcknitgirl said...

I really like the Mandarinfish hat pattern & my favorite weight to knit hats in is DK weight. This book looks great! Thanks for telling us about it.

March 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I love the mandarinefish hat. I typically knit my hats with worsted.

Becky (gathersnomoss on rav)

March 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM  

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