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Boyette brings her background in studio art to this collection of knitted toys, which are simple to knit, easy to customize, and fun to finish. In addition to animals and interestingly shaped monsters, Boyette includes patterns that capitalize on the craze for vampires and pirates. If you ve ever wanted to make a vampire panda for your favorite True Blood fanatic, this is your book. --Nanette Donohue, Library Journal's BookSmack

In a style similar to Japanese Amigurumi, Boyette has crafted various original creatures out of yarn. Beginning with simple projects, such as Owls, or Frank (a Cyclops with a top hat), Boyette defines each creature by level of difficulty. A glossary of knitting terms is provided on each page so readers don t have to flip pages while knitting. --ForeWord Reviews, September 2010

By following the clear instructions and colorful illustrations outlined in KnitWit by Katie Boyette, both beginning and experienced knitters can create a collection of imaginative creatures. --Gifts & Decorative Accessories, September 2010

Just as the crafting crowd is ramping up for holiday gift-giving, this book is a colorful reminder that there's more to make with yarn and sticks than scarfs, hats and blankets. The author is an artist whose interesting knitted animals and monsters seem to have personalities of their own. Whether these patterns are well-suited for beginners is debatable. But two things are certain: A hand-knit gift will put a smile on the face of its recipient, and these creatures are unlike most anything else in a child's toy chest especially if those toys were store-bought. --The Denver Post, November 27, 2010

By following the clear instructions and colorful illustrations outlined in KnitWit by Katie Boyette, both beginning and experienced knitters can create a collection of imaginative creatures. --Gifts & Decorative Accessories, September 2010

KnitWit: 20 Fun Projects for Beginners and Seasoned Knitters by Katie Boyette is a collection of humorous, and yes, witty creatures. From Jacques Crusteau, the big-eyed lobster, to Vampiric Panda to monsters and other beings made from a great imagination, KnitWit has a creature for every fantasy. Abundantly illustrated with templates and process photos, this book all but guarantees success. --Creative Knitting Magazine

By following the clear instructions and colorful illustrations outlined in KnitWit by Katie Boyette, both beginning and experienced knitters can create a collection of imaginative creatures. --Gifts & Decorative Accessories, September 2010

About the Author

Katie Boyette graduated with a BFA in studio art from the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. A baker by day and designer by night, Katie's knitting designs are strongly influenced by her artistic training and reflect a joyful and fun approach to this time honored craft. She keeps a blog, caffaknitted.typepad and participates in several plush art shows including Luvable Huggable in NYC and Plus You in Seattle. She lives in North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing Inc; Original edition (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416206086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416206088
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Boyette graduated with a BFA in studio art from the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina, where she is a baker by day and a creator of knitting patterns by night. Since she began knitting, she has rarely put down her needles, except for occasional meals, naps, fishing, or to play the ukulele. Currently, she is knitting several top secret projects which, for your own safety, she can not discuss openly. Visit her website, http://www.caffaknitted.com.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Breezed on December 27, 2010
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I absolutely love the projects in this book and I have a lot of fun creating them but I do not think it is for beginners. First, it is not nearly detailed enough for a beginner to pick up and use easily. The author seems to think the reader should just make assumptions on what to do. I stumbled through several steps/designs. Second, almost all of the designs require quite a bit of knitting experience with some advanced techniques and also requires at least basic+ sewing knowledge. I spent 2 days researching online to find one sewing reference made that no one ever heard of. I ended up having to improvise and doing it my own made up way to get it completed. I still love the book though. It has crisp, beautiful, colorful pictures. The captions are amusing and make me smile every time I flip through them. The author should make it either more detailed for beginners or remove the claim that is is for beginners.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By happytobepatterson on December 30, 2010
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I really love this pattern book. It is completely original from other toy pattern books out right now. The author has a nice mix of kooky, offbeat toys and really cute stories to go along with them. I've made several toys from this book so far with no difficulties.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 14, 2010
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Knitting is more than a useful skill, it can be an artistic outlet. "Knit Wit: 20 Fun Projects for Beginners and Seasoned Knitters" is a guide for those who both want to get started and who already have sewn a sock or two in their day. Focusing on the offbeat and original, Katie Boyette gives readers a fine introduction into the fun and exciting side of knitting. "Knit Wit" is an excellent resource with plenty to teach for the hobbyist knitter, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Madden on March 10, 2011
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I love all of the creatures in this book. However, if I was a beginner I would have been lost. Also, there are a number of errors in some of the patterns. It can be a little frustrating, but if you are a skilled knitter who can spot the mistakes and are good with a needle and thread, it's a fun collection of patterns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann S. Gaspari on March 16, 2011
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I really love this book. I'm already working on my second toy. I do think these might be a bit difficult for a beginner. So far, the patterns have come out very nicely. I have knitted small items in the round before, so this doesn't seem to be much of a stretch. One suggestion: glossary of stitch and sewing terms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mac on January 29, 2012
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KnitWit is full of amusing and charming characters. It is not a pattern book, but more a retelling of the techniques used to create the creatures in the book. Sort of a book about knitting the toys, rather than a cookbook of how to do it.
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The first time I ever knit one of Katie's patterns it was for a free Rocket Ship pattern she shared on her blog. (you can find the blog address on the back of her book) The Rocket was well written and a very fun knit. In fact, I knit 2 of them as Christmas gifts. I borrowed KnitWit from my library before buying it. As I was browsing through the book I was already calculating which pattern I would knit first. There are some really cute whimsical designs in this book that I know my grandchildren are going to love. I knit the Ninja right away and knew then that I HAD to buy the book! I definitely agree with others that the patterns are a bit tough for a beginner, but I don't think that a beginner should let that intimidate them. I've pre-ordered Katie's next book, it looks like there is even more knitting fun to be had!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HobbyCollector on January 23, 2011
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This is a great book of fun designs with good descriptions and a nice variety of projects. I highly recommend it!
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