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Knockdown Knits: 30 Projects from the Roller Derby Track

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Knit neat items inspired by sassy roller derby girls with the thirty hip knitting patterns that you will find in "Knockdown Knits: 30 Projects from the Roller Derby Track." Roller derby, with its cheeky players, fast-paced jams, heart-stopping pileups, and rowdy, raucous atmosphere, is just as hot as the designs in this unconventional book. The Naptown Roller Girls of Indi ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Wiley (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kara
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Indy Derby folks, knockdown knitters
My Mother-in-law gave me this knitting book for Christmas. I have really loved reading all about the Indy Roller Derby gals and their knitting projects .... I've not made nything yet, but lets face it: with my son odds are a pair of crutch covers or a "Hey, At Least It Wasn't Your Leg" Arm Sling are probably in my future :-)

Joan of Dark, aka Toni Carr has assembled a really fun book that taught me a lot about roller derby and the local Indy scene, but also delivers some really unexpected "not yo
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Ligaya
Feb 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
Wow, such an opportunity for some subversive knitting here wasted. There wasn't anything I wanted to knit up. The two pullover sweaters were just regular pieces (and kinda lumpy ones, at that) with a bit of decoration imposed on them. (Both included charts to intarsia knit the decoration, whereas Swiss darning would be a simpler, quicker solution.) Nothing badass here, sorry. ...more
Lisa
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book was very visually appealing, with coloured roller derby girl pictures smattered between pattern text. It even included text boxes with explanations about roller derby - so this alone makes it a good read for those interested in or involved with the sport. It looked good. It sounded good.

But, I didn't find any of the patterns inspiring. Not a one. That's not to say they weren't interesting or useful or whatnot, just that I couldn't see my self making any of them. Some were easy, ripe for
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Laura
Mar 09, 2009 rated it liked it
This book would be way better for me if I was in derby, as there are a number of things that are very functional. Still, this is a good resource for someone who wants to LOOK like maybe they are in derby, or just knit some whimsical punky lighthearted stuff. I particularly like the star toolcase, which I plan on making and embroidering a Super Mario star face onto. This worked well as a knitting pattern book as well as an introduction to Roller Derby.
hey.emily
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Some of the knitting projects in here were awesome - jammer and pivot beanies, ice pack cover, leg warmers. The derby info and photos were a little dated, since the sport is progressing so quickly. Definitely worth checking out if you're a knitting fan. ...more
Leslie Jem
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, needlecrafts
Excellent project ideas for anyone involved in sports; lots of injury-related ideas, like crutch pads, frozen veggie covers, mouth guard cases, etc. Also contained tons of interesting info on the history/current practice of roller derby.
Stephanie.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010, owned, gift
Bought this in the hopes of making something for my favourite Derby Girl, and was kind of disappointed. It's cute, and has a few great patterns, but I had hoped for more. ...more
Mckinley
Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Very niche!
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