Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 15 Fun and Funky Projects
Tired of hearing about who's dating who and what Alyssa wore to the last party? Get those teens and tweens started on some practical life skills and girl empowerment! KnitGrrl is an upbeat introduction to knitting, from basic materials, tools, and stitches, to fifteen easy projects designed specifically for teens and tweens. Lower the number of trips to the mall with patte...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books
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Dec 31, 2008 Toni rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: novice knitters, feminists, teens, teachers
Recommended to Toni by: my mom
I think it would be a little silly to give a craft book 5 stars, but as far as instructional books go this one is a winner. Reading it I get the feeling that Shannon Okey and I are very similar, except for the fact that she can knit and I cannot. Quirky patterns, simple instructions, and alternative techniques make this book a stand out. I was with this book the very first time I increased, the first time I successfully used double pointed needles, and the first time I felted. It is quirky enoug...more
This is a terrific "Knitting for Dummies" sort of primer. I'm finding that knitting sites and books, even for 'beginners', assume too much pre-knowledge. This book doesn't! It's written for those who've never held a needle. It's a little goofy "hip" because it's written toward teens, but I appreciate the casual tone and step-by-step explanation for me as someone who keeps reading about a garter stitch but hadn't yet known what it meant.
For a book intended to help teens learn how to knit, the instructions in this were totally unclear. Would not recommend as a guide for either beginners or experts. Most patterns were also dumb looking, except for the super cute pattern for text-messaging mittens with fliptop thumbs.
Shannon lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, comic book artist Tamas Jakab and their furry "children," a dachshund and 2 cats who have made several appearances in her books.More about Shannon Okey...