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Punk Knits: 26 Hot New Designs for Anarchistic Souls and Independent Spirits Spiral-bound – March 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584795832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584795834
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SHARE ROSS, currently an avid knitter/designer and the guitarist and singer for the award-winning independent rockers Bubble, formerly played bass for the platinum-selling EMI recording artists Vixen. Her knitwear designs have appeared in the magazine Knit.1 and the book Stitch ’n Bitch Nation. She lives in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles–based artist and musician BAM ROSS shoots publicity shots for rock/punk bands and has created CD and album artwork for The Dogs D’Amour, Bubble, The Blessings, and The Wildhearts. He has also directed videos and edited commercials for Geffen, Dreamworks, and Universal Records. Visit his website at bam13films.com.

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Customer Reviews

A must have for the punk/goth knitter's crafting library.
Beth Mulcahy
So if you want a laugh or two, buy this book and maybe you can find at least one pattern you like in it.
T. Phelps
One pattern that isn't puketastic does not a book of patterns make.
Acea

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on May 12, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
I ordered this book from amazon without seeing it, figuring I'd find something I'd like, and it was cheap enough to take the risk. Well, I ended up returning it, because I didn't see anything really new or innovative in the book. There's a lot of dropping stitches and holes made on purpose, but the basic designs are just that--basic.

There are three pairs of armwarmers, and all are knit flat and seamed with a hole left for the thumb.

There are a few scarves as well--one is knit lengthwise in garter stitch, and the other is a basic drop stitch. Versions of most of the patterns can be found for free on the internet.

The sweaters are pretty basic with little to no shaping. And I don't think many of us would find use for the micro mini skirts, as cute as they are on the models.

I did like the felted hat that was inspired by Alice Cooper, and the kilt was kind of cute, but neither led me to keep the book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alison Macmanus on June 28, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
For some reason, I didn't like this book. The instructions lacked clarity, especially with finishing the garments. Most of the designs feature dropped stitches or weirdly placed holes. A lot of the designs are simple rectangles sewn together. However, one pattern makes the book worthwhile: the pixie shoulderette, featuring a crisscrossed back. The book does a good job of explaining this technique. Throughout the book I just felt like they were overdoing the whole "punk thing, especially when including the myspace pages to all of the models.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 10, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
If anyone had any doubts about knitting, Share Ross is ready to shatter them: Knitting isn't just for grannies anymore. The punk rock guitarist and singer of Bubbles "is addicted to the needle--the knitting needle. What is more rock 'n' roll than making your own fashion statement and snubbing the corporate entities that tell us how to look."

When she started knitting, Ross discovered there were almost no patterns for edgy, underground rocker types like her, and out of necessity began creating her own. The result is Punk Knits: 26 hot new designs for anarchistic souls and independent spirits, with the designs modeled by her friends--independent punk rock musicians from Hollywood. Ross' inspiration comes from famous (or infamous) rockers like Sid Vicious, the New York Dolls and Frank Zappa, and each pattern includes her comments on the artist.

All the designs are suitable for beginning to intermediate knitters, with a few advanced patterns for those who like a challenge. Ross' designs are unisex (although I wish she had included photos of guys in the mini skirts) and the measurements for the finished sweaters reflect that, with chest measurements ranging from 27" to 47". If you are looking for basic knitting instruction, you'll need to find that elsewhere; however, if you need instructions for including deliberate holes in your knitting, then this is the guide for you.

So what about the patterns themselves? I have to admit to being a bit disappointed since I was expecting something rawer, more cutting edge. That may not be possible as, by its very nature, punk isn't about being conformist and a book of knitting patterns could be construed as conformist since the patterns are available to the masses. Unfortunately there isn't much here which can't be found elsewhere, although the Skull Kilt is fabulous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina Magyar on November 27, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
My sister got this book for me from a book fair for a whopping $.50 and THAT was more than I would have paid had I been there to look at it.

There is nothing remotely punk about any of these patterns, unless the definition of punk has recently been changed to trashy and unwearable.

The patterns are so simple that even a beginner would be bored by this. The armwarmers, for which there are serveral patterns, are all flat knit with holes left for thumbs. The only real differences between them are the yarns and gauge.

The tops and skirts are all full of intentional holes and show more than everything. Please do not dress like this in public!

I also get the feeling that the author of this book not only may not know anything about knitting, but may not know anything about the punk music scene... especially when her inspirations for projects include the likes of Lennon and Hendrix. She probably would've been better off pretending this was just 'rock and roll' as opposed to pretending they were "punk"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Acea on March 24, 2010
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I order four knitting books. I got this one because the pillow on the cover looked cool so I thought why not? Well, now I know why not; the design on the cover is the ONLY thing worth casting on for. This was a huge waste of money. The models(?) were scary and I hang out with Death Metal bands. I'm all for free enterprise, but at least make a product worth selling. The only thing punk about this junk was the title. Dropping stitches is not punk, it's bad knitting. I spend most of my time trying to keep that from happening, I don't want a book full of patterns that rely on it to elevate the projects from big rectangles. I think I'll send it back. One pattern that isn't puketastic does not a book of patterns make.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jessica~ on April 17, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is exactly what the knitting community needs more of... something different, funky and colorful. Did I mention fun? Because this book is definitly fun! I love how Share lists the "influences" for each garment. Plus, the projects are totally wearable [although I'll skip the dredlocks ;) ]

There is a variety of different suggested yarns, ranging from crystal palace to Lucy Neatby Merino. There are also loads of pictures, both of the garments and instructional pics of the funky stitches that are used in the book.

I think one of my favorite parts of the book is that the people modeling the clothing are actual people involved in the rock n roll/punk world - not some yahoo model. This is a book with serious attitude and fun projects!
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