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Grade 8 Up - This sturdy book has a pleasing layout. The section "All You Need to Know" discusses materials, stitches and techniques, and problems, accompanied by helpful charts and illustrations pertaining to such matters as yarn thicknesses and labels. Instructions for scarves, hats, bags, ponchos, tank tops, and more follow, with variations. One-day ideas such as a headband or choker provide quick results. Numerous color photos, many full page, of males and females wearing the garments are included. Encouraging quotes from teens add a special touch. Back matter includes "Start Your Own Teen Knitting Club" and "Knitting for Others," with a list of suggestions for community organizations to contact. - Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Gr. 5-9. Although Wenger's attractive hardcover (with an inside spiral binding) explains the basics of knitting, it will appeal most to children who know how to knit. The pictures showing basic procedures are too small to be useful to newcomers, and the tips for troubleshooting aren't clearly explained. The 35 projects, however, hit the mark--a variety of scarves, hats, ponchos, shells, sweaters, and even a blanket. The instructions are explicit, almost narrative in style, and they are accompanied by page references to required knitting skills. Full-page color photographs show the finished projects. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652449
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Jill Anthony on December 15, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is absolutely amazing! Don't let the word "TEEN" in the title discourage you; I am well past my teenage years and I love this book. The patterns are hip, yet timeless. After about 2 hours of skimming through this book and making swatches with a few of the techniques I read about, I decided to make a scarf. It is the first pattern in this book-a basic garter-stitch (plain knit) scarf, however, I changed the size of it because I wanted to make it longer and skinnier. I used super thick yarn and huge bamboo (I read bamboo was the best and easiest for beginners because the yarn stays put) needles in size 19, and completed the scarf in about 3 hours!!! I couldn't believe I turned string into an actual object!

All the directions for each pattern are written out instead of abbreviated, which is easier for beginners. However, there is a glossary of terms and abbreviations in the back of the book so you can learn some abbreviations. The entire book is in color, with gorgeous pictures. The patterns list the yarns that are used, but also lists alternative yarns to use, so it is easy to figure out how to make the same project with thinner or thicker yarns as well as different material yarns. They also show you that you can use another brand with the same weight and gage if you wish to make the exact pattern but don't want to use the yarn they suggest. Also, Every project has a list on the right side that tells you the page numbers of the techniques you will need to know for that particular project.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By cd on September 21, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
Was considering this book, but very unsure, due to the sparse description. Saw it at the local bookstore and WOW - what a good book for any age knitter. These are very nice patterns and do not look homemade. What is best about this book, is that it encourages the user to substitute yarns. As I am a "by the pattern knitter," and I feel that I cannot knit properly unless I have the exact materials, I think that this book will be a big help in breaking me of this habit and getting me to be a bit more creative in my knitting. Super book, I hope many people discover it and that it sells well!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peony on October 7, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
I had read that many of the good beginner books are geared toward teens and that is the truth when it comes to this one. This is a great book for teens and 20-somethings or a young mom and daughter who want to learn knitting together. It explains all of the basics and gives color photos of stitch patterns and project patterns. It explains what size needles to use with the different weights of yarn. I love that it gives you the top ten problems you may encounter and how to resolve them. It also includes an abbreviation list in the back.

There are great specific patterns for teens and 20-somethings in this book. There are so many great beginner patterns it is hard to choose between them. Patterns include: a great easy poncho; a couple cute, simple purses; a lot of nice scarves and hats: a very simple friendship blanket. Each pattern tells you what materials and skills you need to have, what yarn they used in the picture, and simple instructions IN PLAIN OLD ENGLISH, NOT ABBREVIATIONS. It also has a 1-day projects section with 3 patterns. I love that you don't have to buy a pattern book with this one because there are so many great patterns included.

If you are a teen or 20-something looking for a book that teaches you to knit through simple techniques (IN PLAIN ENGLISH) with great easy patterns you can not go wrong with this book. I would recommend it to anyone learning to knit that has gotten frustrated with the other beginner books out there.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Cron on October 4, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This book isn't just for teenagers - it's for anyone who has ever tried knitting and ended up with a frayed, hopelessly tangled knot of yarn instead - like me. I always wanted to knit, but never quite got the hang of it - so when I saw this book, I figured I'd give it one more try - and if it didn't work, I'd give it to my fourteen year old son (who, as it turns out, already knows how to knit!) I admit, I wasn't hopeful. I opened the book, knitting needles and yarn at the ready, and was stunned and delighted that within minutes I was actually casting on stitches. Somehow the authors have managed to break the art of knitting down into its most simple elements - and then present them in clear, concise language with diagrams that my hands were able to follow almost without the help of my brain. I then proceeded to knit a muffler that miraculously looks like someone who knows how to knit made it. Thanks to this book, I'm not going to have to spend much time Christmas shopping this year - everyone's getting a muffler! And next year, a cap, and the year after that . . .
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Summer Kingstone on March 23, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought this book on a whim at the bookstore. When I actually sat down and looked through it, I realized how good the book actually was. Even though I have been knitting for almost a year know, I read the section in the front that describes very well the basics of knitting (casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, ribbing, etc.) which I thought would be useful for a new knitter. The patterns are seperated into 8 sections including scarves, ponchos, sweaters, and one-day projects. To the sides of the actual patterns, there is a list for what you need and what you need to know. The patterns are very easy to follow and complete, but still look nice. The pictures are colorful and show REAL teenagers wearing the clothes (as opposed to models). I also like how there are quotes from teenagers located throughout the pages. The only bad thing about this book is that I found it a little difficult to locate on the page the yarns that they used in the patterns. I recommend this book for knitters of all ages that are beginners or are semi-new at knitting. Great book for everyone!!! Happy knitting!
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