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"The percentage of women under forty-five who knit or crochet has doubled since 1996," says Stoller (The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order), co-founder of the Stitch 'n Bitch circle in New York, and this slightly offensive, sassy guide-which could easily have been subtitled 'The Bad Girls' Guide to Knitting'-will undoubtedly appeal to this new generation of knitters. Starting with the basics, Stoller explains how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, all the steps needed to make a simple Ribbed-for-Her-Pleasure Scarf or a pair of Pippi Kneestockings. Easy-to-decipher diagrams and droll section headings ("Knit Happens," "Oops, I Knit It Again") ease readers through these first steps and will give most the confidence to tackle larger projects-like Cricket's Technicolor Cozy or Meema's Felted Marsupial Tote-designed by Stitch 'n Bitchers in Stoller's group and other knitters she admires. What makes this guide exceptional, however, is its chapter on the "Wonderful World of Knitters," which details how to start your own Stitch 'n Bitch circle and plug into the virtual knitting communities on the Web. Informative, colorful and full of attitude, this book is the perfect primer for 20- and 30-somethings looking to take on this hip "new" hobby.
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This sassy-looking book offers a little bit of everything. Yes, practical matters are addressed, e.g., learning the stitches, "tools of the trade," and types of yarns, and, yes, there is information that's difficult to find in other places, such as advice about how to start your own knitting group or find free knitting programs online. But it is Stoller's commentary about knitting, its history, and why young women are knitting again that gets the book off to a rip-roaring start. Complementing the narrative sections are vintage pictures, family photos, and funky illustrations. The projects have a hip sensibility (bags, sweaters, a poncho), as do the chapter headings: "Oops, I Knit It Again" for the section on fixing knitting mistakes. A color inset shows the projects off; the illustrations with the instructions are black-and-white versions of the same photos. There's plenty here for beginners and skilled veterans alike. Ilene Cooper
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I learned how to knit using Stitch 'n Bitch. It was very easy to learn and follow the tutorials. I had never knit before until I bought this book and had no one to teach or show... Read morePublished 1 month ago by srh520
Well written! I really like the stories and the women are all very inspiring! A woman who studies artificial intelligence AND knits?! That's pretty bad a$$!!Published 2 months ago by Miss Annie
This is an excellent knitting book. It's witty and the pictures are very helpful. Whether you are a complete beginner, or someone with years of experience, you'll find useful... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mindthagap
None. Book was returned. I did not intend to order this. It must have been a fluke with one-clik or something.Published 3 months ago by Gail Pearmon
Great reference tool for knitters. I had mine spiral bound at Kinko's to make it easier lay open. Recommend both the book and the spiral binding.Published 4 months ago by Kathy D. Castellion
I taught myself to knit by reading this book many years ago and kept it handy over the years whenever a pattern called for something I hadn't done before or I couldn't remember... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DanielleM