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"The knitted Mohawk hat is officially the coolest woolen creation I have ever seen and I am the hugest fan of Jaqui and Alyce's madly skilled yarn crafting talents." Michele Romero, Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Alyce Benevides and Jaqueline Milles launched Knit-Head, a line of punk rock knitwear, in 2005. They operate out of New York City and online at www.knit-head.com.

Rob Benevides maintains his sanity through sculpting, painting, and photography. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Alyce, and their two cats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (May 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811857441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811857444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have VERY mixed feelings about this pattern book which is why I've decided to write a long more detailed review for this book so that others can make a better informed decision before purchasing this.

PROS:
1.) The book offers beautiful glossy pictures and pages of the patterns and are presented in a very cute way.
2.) There are over 15 different graphs that you could knit into other items or apparel thus promoting creativity.
3.) The patterns are very easy and the instructions appear to also be quite easy to understand.
4.) The patterns have original designs (I'm talking about the graphs and style).
5.) Skills needed, gauge, and yarn weight are presented.

CONS:
1.) Not very innovative in terms of "shape" and "stitches". Similar patterns can be found elsewhere, some even for free. All you need is a little creativity to change up those "free" patterns or the ones you already have.
2.) Some of the patterns are just variations of the other (I can squeeze the entire beanies/head patterns into just one and provide multiple graphs to change them up a bit.) All in all, there's actually 15 patterns--slightly more or less depending on how you look at it.
3.) Not very challenging for the more experienced knitter.
4.) Only for beginners who already know how to knit, purl, and do intarsia (there's no instructions on how to learn).
5.) You might need to know how to crochet if you fancy the Vamp scarf as is (not really a con but rather an annoyance for those who don't happen to know how to crochet).

__The Patterns and my opinion on them__

For the Head:
I won't bother reviewing these, they are all shaped exactly like the hat on the cover page.
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Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects is THE knitting book for anyone who came of age in the 80s, idolized everything British and is more Vivienne Westwood than Laura Ashley in their fashion sense. Alyce Benevides and Jacqueline Milles, owners of the counter-culture knitwear company knit-head, have gathered together 25 of their signature designs and invite knitters to "unleash their inner rockstar."

Beginning with their signature Mohawk hat (currently being sported by Depeche Mode's Martin Gore on tour) in the chapter "For the Head," the designs in Pretty in Punk are divided into six sections, depending on where on the body the garment is to be worn. While the patterns themselves are simple (suitable for beginners although there are no learn-to-knit instructions), these designs have serious attitudes. Benevides and Milles' sense of style carries throughout the production of this book. Everything here reflects punk, rock and goth sensibilities--from the high-fashion style photographs to pattern names--although in this case, punk gets a nudge of luxury for these ladies aren't above using cashmere.

Even if your style no longer runs to mod micro-minis or sporting the union jack, Pretty in Punk is the perfect inspiration for your inner rebel. Instead of plain gauntlets, why not indulge your quirky side by using the "Love Bites" arm warmer pattern? My inner goth is mentally digging through the stash to find the perfect mohair for the "Goth Girl" jumper and "Vamp" scarf. Benevides and Milles suggest that anti-authority knitting means injecting yourself into what you make, whether your style is goth, mod, punk, ska or rockabilly, it's all about individuality. "All you need is two sticks and a ball of yarn."

Armchair Interviews says: For any "child of the '80s."
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This book was great as far as creativity, originality, and quality go. However, I have only one beef with it, and that is that there are 25 projects, but 4 are similar shaped hats, 2 are scarves, 4 are wrist or arm warmers, and 3 are similar shaped bags. (And what is a "bum flap"?)

Now, having said that, I have to say that the intarsia patterns are AMAZING. As someone who loves intarsia, I will be using this book quite a bit, if only for the charts alone.

The pictures are very well done and attractive, and in most of them you can distinctly see the project, although it seems as though the photographer was more interested in highlighting the models instead of the knitting.
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I picked up this book because, like so many other people I know, I absolutely dislike what is being offered to me on clothing store shelves and racks nowadays. Pretty in Punk is great because it offers a little of everything- from the crowning achievement kick-butt mohawk hat on the cover to accessories such as purses and arm bands all the way to sweaters, skirts, corset-style tops and the ever-important arm warmers. The instructions are thorough and detailed, the pattern graphs easy to follow, and the project descriptions full of personality and insight. I should stress, though, that this book is NOT for beginners hoping to learn how to knit, it's for the established knitter craving new ideas. Personally I prefer crocheting, so I'm in the process of converting a lot of the projects to crochet patterns, but that's the beauty of self-expression; adding your own touch to make something your own. And there's nothing more Punk than that.
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