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Naughty Needles: Sexy, Saucy Knits for the Bedroom and Beyond (Potter Craft) Paperback – December 19, 2006

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Editorial Reviews


"Ms. Lohr's beautifully illustrated and coyly annotated book, "Naughty Needles," could be a 50's pinup calendar for wool fetishists. The tableaus she presents are provocative in a retro way, mixing Betty Boop va-va-voom with Doris Day innocence." -The New York Times

"This is not mere peekaboo. We're talking full-on seduction mode--fishnets, straitjackets, whips, and plenty of racy lingerie." -The Village Voice

"From start to finish, the book is filled with wickedly sexy pinup color photographs of hip-looking girls and guys in various demonstrations of the naughtily knitted product." - SFGate

Naughty Needles is a hilarious, yet very sexy ode to the bondage/pin-up days of the '50s and 60′s. ...some very cool, well thought out knits that make a girl proud to not be one of those emaciated models of today. -Vickie Howell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nikol Lohr is the thirty-something creator of DisgruntledHousewife.com and the brand-new ThriftyKnitter.com, as well as the co-queenie of cooking site OutOfTheFryingPan.com and chick site SmileAndActNice.com. She and her websites have rated mention in numerous publications, including Wired, Playboy, The Guardian, Glamour, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, the Sydney Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, Paper, and Fortune. As a champion of the wifely arts, Lohr can cook, sew, crochet, knit, needlepoint, embroider, decoupage, print, grow things, fix things, and generally craft her ass off. A longtime resident of Austin, Texas, Lohr recently moved to rural Kansas, where she is rehabilitating four old school buildings into a secluded arts retreat.

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Product Details

  • Series: Potter Craft
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (December 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307337375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307337375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just received this book in the mail, and I am very excited to try out several of the patterns. As several reviewers have stated, this isn't your mother's knitting, more of a Bettie Page + Raquel Welch debauched craftnanza. Although assuming that the reader knows the basics of knitting, the patterns seem simple enough for an adventurous beginner (and this book is certainly aimed at the adventurous), while remaining fun and interesting enough for a more intermediate level stitcher.

The concern I have is the lack of finished dimensions for any of the projects outside of the painfully vague "Women's S/M/L". If the patterns were for bulky sweaters this could be overlooked, but the body hugging styles require a good fit, and without finished dimensions choosing the appropriate size requires a certain amount of math. This book could have gotten five stars if the pattern writers had saved me the effort of figuring out what "Medium" actually means!
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The past few years have seen knitting rapidly expand beyond a granny craft. With the explosion of knitting blogs, knitting has come out of the closet with a variety of designers creating racy lingerie and adult garments. Nikol Lohr's recently published book of knitting patterns Naughty Needles: Sexy, Saucy Knits for the Bedroom and Beyond, invites knitters to "knit naughty" and explore their inner sex kitten.

Channeling classic 1940's Fredericks of Hollywood, Lohr's patterns can be knit in playful and vampy versions. Those aiming for the "Austin Powers'" Fembot look can knit their nighties in feminine pink while the bad girls can go for racy black. Bikinis come in several dress-up styles ranging from "Gidget" to B-movie cave girls, and the various patterns aim to provide something for all skill levels.

The later half of Naughty Needles contains patterns for adult dress-up and games. As Lohr states, her Baby Blue Ball Gag "is a dandy stash-buster and a wonderful short-row primer." Her knitted straitjacket can be knit in a compos mentis version for those who are no longer a danger to others or themselves.

Note: There is partial nudity and adult activity shown in some of the photos, as well as some "explicit" illustrations. Knitters may wish to keep this stashed safely out of reach of young children.

Visit the official Naughty Needles website for some free patterns and wonderful wallpaper for your computer.

Armchair Interviews says: Hmmmm, you may never again look at knitting needles the same.
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This book is hilarious! It's always fun to see what kind of knitting patterns are out there and who is creating what and these are legit knit patterns, albeit very specialized ones (strait-jacket, anyone?) I don't know if I will actually make any of these, but I will treasure this for it's entertainment value and as a unique addition to my knitting library.

I especially got a kick out of the models, it appears that Ms. Lohr relied on extensive use of her knitting circle friends and if I am not mistaken it is Ms. Stafford, the Domiknitrix herself who is wielding the knit-whip on page 102. A nice touch and a nice use of your friends!

A fun book and highly recomended for the unconventional knitter. [...]
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I received this book from my Mother-in-Law. That in itself may have setup my mediocre review. There is something wrong about receiving a book that contains knitting patterns for pasties from the mother of your husband.

The ideas are fun - but so off the wall I'm not sure if mass-market knitters would use many of the patterns. I have owned this book for 4 years, and althought have enjoyed browsing, I have never knit anything from it.

I consider myself to be an intermediate level knitter, and a fun sexy mom, but this book misses the mark. There are a pattern or two I may like to try ("Criss Cross Gloves" and "Zelda" look interesting & wearable), but others are just plain silly ("Baby Blue Ball Gag", and "Condom Critter"). I mean - if you need a cozy or hiding spot for your adult playthings - you probably have kids - and if you have kids, the last place you want to hide those playthings is a knit, stuffed toy!! Many of the patterns are simple & as far as knitting goes, boring (the wearing & modeling is anythig but).

The writing is cute, and the author is creative, but I am decidedly too old, or too boring, or too practical to appreciate this book for more than 3 stars.

If you are into sexy and alternative knits, I would recommend "DomiKnitrix" over "Naughty Needles". , the patterns in "DominKnitrix" range from simple to super complicated, the techniques are FANTASTIC, and the items themselves are interesting, sexy & a little more subtle (overall - no ball-gags or pasties here). See my Amazon review for this book if interested.
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This book had me and fellow knitting friends amused at some of the rather risque projects (who doesn't need a knitted "ball gag"?) that are useless to a majority of the folks I know. It is amusing, though, that someone has created patterns for such things. I was uncertain on whether I would keep the book as I probably wouldn't use it much. However, patterns for gossamer nighties and retro swimsuits did inspire me to keep the book for gifts that would be fun to create and give (say for a bridal shower instead of the boring Victoria's Secret or Frederick's of Hollywood fare). Some of Nikol Lohr's projects, like The Mermaid's Tail, are a little out there. I wonder who would truly take the time and expense of yarn to knit a project that you couldn't exactly get much use from? There is also the felted nurse's cap with optional pirate eye patch, babydoll nighties ala Austin Powers Fembots, and Mrs. Robinson seductive attire. If knitting fantasy costumes is you're thing then this is the source. This book would also make a adventurous & enticing alternative to the an average knitting book as a gift for the seasoned but open-minded knitter as it looks at yarn and fibers as sensuous materials that yield sex kitten results. Definitely not grandma's heavy woolen home-made looking projects. I don't think you'll be seeing any of these items at a local arts n' crafts fair...at least not in plain sight. Overall, the book is hilarious to look through and read (we especially got a kick out of the little knitted animals that hide condoms and pillows that hide sex toys and patterns to knit pasties for every occasion). It certainly shed new light (actually alot of light as the finished projects are quite skimpy) on knitting. It's definitely not just for scarves and sweaters anymore!
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