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Punk Knits: 26 Hot New Designs for Anarchistic Souls and Independent Spirits Spiral-bound – March 13, 2007
"Go Big Knits" from the editors of Marie Claire Idees
Knit designs from the editors of Marie Claire Idées to ensure that women of all body shapes and types will look—and feel—fantastic. Learn more
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About the Author
Los Angelesbased artist and musician BAM ROSS shoots publicity shots for rock/punk bands and has created CD and album artwork for The Dogs DAmour, Bubble, The Blessings, and The Wildhearts. He has also directed videos and edited commercials for Geffen, Dreamworks, and Universal Records. Visit his website at bam13films.com.
Top Customer Reviews
There are three pairs of armwarmers, and all are knit flat and seamed with a hole left for the thumb.
There are a few scarves as well--one is knit lengthwise in garter stitch, and the other is a basic drop stitch. Versions of most of the patterns can be found for free on the internet.
The sweaters are pretty basic with little to no shaping. And I don't think many of us would find use for the micro mini skirts, as cute as they are on the models.
I did like the felted hat that was inspired by Alice Cooper, and the kilt was kind of cute, but neither led me to keep the book.
When she started knitting, Ross discovered there were almost no patterns for edgy, underground rocker types like her, and out of necessity began creating her own. The result is Punk Knits: 26 hot new designs for anarchistic souls and independent spirits, with the designs modeled by her friends--independent punk rock musicians from Hollywood. Ross' inspiration comes from famous (or infamous) rockers like Sid Vicious, the New York Dolls and Frank Zappa, and each pattern includes her comments on the artist.
All the designs are suitable for beginning to intermediate knitters, with a few advanced patterns for those who like a challenge. Ross' designs are unisex (although I wish she had included photos of guys in the mini skirts) and the measurements for the finished sweaters reflect that, with chest measurements ranging from 27" to 47". If you are looking for basic knitting instruction, you'll need to find that elsewhere; however, if you need instructions for including deliberate holes in your knitting, then this is the guide for you.
So what about the patterns themselves? I have to admit to being a bit disappointed since I was expecting something rawer, more cutting edge. That may not be possible as, by its very nature, punk isn't about being conformist and a book of knitting patterns could be construed as conformist since the patterns are available to the masses. Unfortunately there isn't much here which can't be found elsewhere, although the Skull Kilt is fabulous.
There is nothing remotely punk about any of these patterns, unless the definition of punk has recently been changed to trashy and unwearable.
The patterns are so simple that even a beginner would be bored by this. The armwarmers, for which there are serveral patterns, are all flat knit with holes left for thumbs. The only real differences between them are the yarns and gauge.
The tops and skirts are all full of intentional holes and show more than everything. Please do not dress like this in public!
I also get the feeling that the author of this book not only may not know anything about knitting, but may not know anything about the punk music scene... especially when her inspirations for projects include the likes of Lennon and Hendrix. She probably would've been better off pretending this was just 'rock and roll' as opposed to pretending they were "punk"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my first order I had a bad experience, but after working with this company I have been sufficiently compensated. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Carolyn
I bought this pattern because I liked the gimmick presented. I see punk as free expression to do as you please, and besides the "freedom" and "accepting your mistakes" quotes I... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I bought this because it was super cheap. Now I know why! The only thing I would have made from this book would have been the project on the cover. THAT'S IT! Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by SweetNightmare
I so far really like this book. And if you actually did a minute bit of effort and looked it up there was plenty of pictures showing what kind of things were in the book. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Sarah A. Maass
The projects are great for teens or young adults. My daughter has tried several of the knitting projects. She has had no problems understanding the directions. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by CL
I ordered this book hoping for some different patterns and I did get that. There are 3 patterns that I am working on: Woodstock Waistcoat, Banshee Over the Knee Hi's and Mother's... Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by D. Martin
I am glad I also ordered Pretty in Punk which is a GREAT punk knitting book because I would be very disappointed with just this book. Read morePublished on March 25, 2008 by T. Phelps