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Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 15 Fun and Funky Patterns Paperback – September 1, 2005
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HOWEVER, having said that, I must admit that the target audience loves the book! My 17, 15 and 12 year old daughters keep it close at hand when they are knitting and refer to it again and again. That's really the test, isn't it? When asked to explain they told me they find "Stitch 'n Bitch" a little intimidating - too adult and too much information - whereas this book seems to answer all their questions in their language, and they love the illustrations. It speaks to them. So there you have it - my rating is lower than theirs would be, but they're the ones it was written for!
i find these instructions to be extremely friendly and clearly expressed. the pictures are clear and accurate. and finally a book that shows and describes that mysterious process of weaving in ends!! this book covers all the basics - yarn fibers, yarn labels, gauge, color chart, needles, etc. and includes a cute and fun 'quiz' which i got a kick out of.
there are great tips throughout the book, colorful photos of the patterns, cute drawings, a nice section on felting (fulling), and even a wonderful recipe for homemade hand salve!
the patterns are defined well by the subtitle of the book "fun and funky". it could be argued that they may be most appealing to the younger crowd, but i think a beginner knitter (or a former knitter in need of a refresher course) would be pleased with the selection. who couldn't use a hat, handbag, scarf/stole, or pair of leg warmers? on top of that and several other items, there's a cool pattern for 'text messaging mittens' that feature thumb panels you can flip off. and dont forget your cat! - you can whip up some cat toys using the adorable wonton and eggroll patterns.
this is a fun book offering very helpful instructions for your foundation in knitting. you will find the cool, beginner-friendly patterns will not only help you learn the basics, but you will also find that they become items that you will use for yourself or as gifts for friends/family/felines.
For winter, there are unique text-messaging mittens that will be appreciated by anyone who loves to be outdoors and answering their phone in the cold. Also helpful for iPods and would be a great gift along with the music player cozy that works as ear muffs and a CD holder.
Love to ice skate? There is a pattern for leg warmers complete with embroidery, French knot and straight stitch. This book also includes a recipe for homemade hand cream. Knitgrrl has 15 fun projects to try and seems to focus on winter hats, scarves and purses. Knitgrrl 2 has a fun summer theme. Both seem essential!
~The Rebecca Review
Spend a week's worth of pocket change on this book and you be well on your way to a most satisfying obsession. If you want a second book, I'd pair it with STITCH N' BITCH or KNITTING FOR DUMMIES.
First of all, the projects are all small and trendy: Rocker-Girl Wristlets, Friendship Scarf, Boombox Bag, Faux Fur Stole, Kitty Dim Sum (kitty toys), Stripey Scarf, Ponytail Roll-Brim Hat, Heartfelt Roll-Brim Hat, DIY Leg Warmers, Music Player Cozy, Soda Cozy, Text-Messaging Mittens (trendiest), Downtown Messenger Bag, Lacy Double-Diamond Scarf, and Nakiska Alpine Headband. My favorites are the Downtown Messenger Bag--sturdy, yet sleek and attractive--and the Text-Messaging Mittens which open up just the thumbs of the mittens for quick messages to your best friends.
Okey was able to provide a variety of small, yet imaginative projects by inviting guest designers to contribute to her compilation. That may account for the variety and ingenuity of most of the projects. The only project which looked completely dorky to me were the headphone covers, in pastel stripes. The model looks really happy wearing them, but most of my middle school students would be too embarrassed to wear them, as they look pretty weird.
Next, the beginner knitting instructions. The step-by-step photos of the knit and purl stitches are quite nice, and clear enough for someone trying to teach herself. The slip knot photos must have been edited for space, though, as they do not illustrate the crucial step of pulling the working yarn through the loop. I wouldn't be able to teach myself the slipknot with only the two photographs they offer.
There are lots of "extras" beyond your basic knitting instructions, answering questions like Why Knit?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of fun projects, help with knitting stitches and other knitting topics, in very easy to understand language and great diagrams. Great for beginners.Published on October 3, 2013 by Naomi Jensen
I love this book. The ideas are great, the instructions are easy to follow, and the pictures are vibrant and bring the projects to life. Great book!Published on May 26, 2013 by Rebecca X
My neighbour's teenaged girls loved this book, and so did I! The patterns are suited perfectly for young girls, and nothing is too difficult to make or so big that a novice knitter... Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Charlene Vickers
At first I thought the title 'Knitgrrl' was a misspelling, and I don't quite understand it. The instructions are clear, but the young person needs adult help. Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by Jeannie Pollard
Thoroughly enjoyed the layout and excellent photos of the projects and the other interesting items included in the bookPublished on November 9, 2006 by Joyce Ann Anderson
Shannon Okey, Knitgrrl (Watson-Guptill, 2005)
I have to admit, the whole riot grrl thing bugged me. Read more
I bought this for my niece as I have now discovered that knitting is THE thing girls are doing today. Very colorful, easy to read layout and super cute projects. Read morePublished on December 6, 2005 by B. Szporluk