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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (November 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581808534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808537
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Mastering knitting skills requires discipline, attitude, and wit to transform a ho-hum stitcher into a badass knitter--a domiknitrix. Stafford uses the dominatrix language well and with humor in this entertaining, beautifully designed, and instructive book. A stern but encouraging teacher, she approaches knitting and designing knitwear in a way best described as punishing, but she does not expect her readers to do the same. She does expect them to take her advice and discipline their knitting. If you do, she promises results. Rip if you must. Knit a gauge or two or three until you get it right. Her advice is universally good, and she shares many useful tips. Obviously a serious knitwear designer, Stafford favors structured pieces and has included funky, form-fitting projects with broad appeal. She is a strong advocate of continental style, and some of her techniques are different from the standard instructions. This may be a difficult book to learn to knit from, since some steps are glossed over, such as how to make a slip knot; and some techniques, such as provisional cast on, could use an extra step or two for clarification. Knitters with the basics (cast on, knit, and purl) will find this a fun and highly instructional book to take them from scarf to structured clothing. Stafford's unique voice and style are the heart of the book. Unlike with many instruction books that might be flipped through, knitters will find themselves reading Stafford's entertaining prose cover to vinyl cover. Jennifer Palmer
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About the Author

Jennifer Stafford runs the popular Web site and blog, filled with knitting techniques, projects, inspiration, and attitude--knitwear for the chic and the freak.

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Customer Reviews

I am new to knitting, but I have learned so much in this book.
Tracey Thomas Mcdowell
So, I guess this book is worth looking at for someone who is already pretty knowledgeable with knitting.
I would recommend this book for any knitter, beginner to expert.
Sexy Knitter

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Finally a knitting book with some truly well fitting and cleverly constructed items. Not everything in the book is awesome (ie. pillow with intarsia star - boring!), and not everything that is awesome is wearable (ie. mohawk and devil hats), but for the most part is the first knitting book in a while to come out with some modern, creative, imaginative and unique projects. The cover is a little fun and edgy - I was getting funny looks from other people as I was flipping through the book in the subway, and illustrations are pretty funny. This is definitely geared towards the younger and/or edgier crowd, but I think most knitters regardless of age and inclination can appreciate something about this book. The range of sizes offered is definitely better than most, but not specifically catering towards the plus size ladies (I think the largest size offered for a sweater is 43" bust, but there are many non-sweater projects such as hats, bag, pillows, etc). Though you'll find some of the usual chapters in the beginning of the book about knitting basics (casting on, casting off, choosing yarns, etc), I probably would not recommend this as a very first knitting book to someone who has never knitted anything before and is looking to learn. However, if you are a beginner who can knit, purl, increase and decrease, and are looking for cool-looking stuff to make and are willing to take the time to learn some new techniques, do not hesitate to give this book a chance.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By DG on November 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
An interesting collection of patterns, definitely not your grandmother's knitting manual though she may like a pattern or two. You need to be knowledgeable about knitting--this is not for beginners. One pattern has been intentionally left out, you are to obtain it from her blog. As I write this review, its not yet on her blog.***Update***
***The pattern is now available, you need a code from the book in order to receive the pattern. It is truly a challenge to knit. Jeniffer is an awesome knitwear designer.The Elfin Brife and Gothlet sweaters (patterns) are truly a work of art. 5 ***** Stars
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jody M. Keene on September 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
The dom theme is evident throughout the book, from the vinyl cover to the illustrations to the models to (a few of) the patterns. It would be silly, but the gimmick works: Stafford is serious about maintaining complete control over one's art, and she's got several good tips and techniques for doing it. Like other knitting books, Domiknitrix has a lengthy how-to section. I can't see a rank beginner teaching herself how to knit from it, but for the knitter who already knows the knit and purl, this is a fantastic resource for more advanced techniques not found elsewhere. I've never seen an explanation of how to install a zipper, for instance, or three (count 'em!) different bind-off options presented in other books. She also goes into a lot of detail about yarn, breaking down and comparing the traits of animal, plant, and mineral (synthetic) fibers.

The patterns themselves are a grab-bag. I have absolutely no use for a mohawk hat or a heart-shaped "Spank Me" pillow. I will never wear a skull vest. However, the Little Red Riding Hoodie is tearing its way to the top of my queue, and hers are some of the first accessories I've actually liked, not just flipped past to get to the good stuff. One stroke of genius is her charts: all her sweaters and vests are constructed so that any of the charts in the book (including three more in an appendix) can be used. Don't like the skull vest? Use the fleur-de-lys chart instead. Seriously, that's just brilliant, folks.

Queue-worthy: string of purls, flower pins, Sweetheart sweater, Swizzle vest, City coat

Why bother?: the hats, the pillows

Conclusion: Great section of intermediate-advanced techniques not found elsewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rosy on August 27, 2008
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I would never have touched this if I hadn't been able to thumb through it in a bookstore first, but I did--and hey! It's FUN. It's also a GOOD BOOK. The whole Goth theme of the layout and the haunted, shadowy models is clever, even if it's not to your taste. The author is clearly very talented; her grasp of design is stunning, way over my head.

The real surprise for me was the technique section: I was bowled over by the instruction segments and the clever way they were incorporated into the projects as sequential "lessons." My one whine would be that there weren't enough sequential pictures of the gnarliest techniques--damned Kitchener grafting!--and there is an occasional leap forward that leaves the reader in the dust. This is the curse of any technical writer, who already knows what she means and forgets that we are puddling along in her wake, bewildered. It was infrequent, however, and as jaded and crabby as I am, I learned things.

I'd have to agree with some of the previous reviews concerning the usual percentage of thuds--ye gods, another knitted necklace! Do they haunt me? And the star pillow, and yes, the mohawk hat, and the totally uninspired droopy handbag. However, to tell the truth, I loved the little "Bite Me" Valentine hearts--they carried the day. The Red Riding Hoodie is the jewel of the book, worth the price of admission on its own--a beautiful design. The Lone Wolf sweater is very handsome, with or without wolf--interesting cuffs, for example, which is nice. The zipper vest and the City Coat are also very attractive although the City Coat would rival a Burberry in cost for those of us who are not yarn-subsidized.
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