Knitgrrl

Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit With 15 Fun and Funky Patterns
96 pages
180 color illustrations
ISBN 0-8230-2618-3
$9.95 paperback
World distribution £5.99 / $12.95 Canadian
Released September 2005: order on Amazon.com now.

Knitgrrl appeared on the New York Public Library’s 2006 Books for the Teen Age list, a list of titles recommended by librarians for younger audiences, and also received a starred review from Booklist. Knitgrrl 2 was nominated for a CraftTrends Award of Creative Excellence in December 2006. Both Knitgrrl books are designed to teach beginning knitters and feature colorful illustrations by Canadian illustrator and webcomic artist Kathleen Jacques.

Knitgrrl is designed for teens and tweens, but is appropriate for beginning knitters of all ages. Through step-by-step photos and carefully arranged patterns, you’ll build your knitting skills incrementally.

Even if you already know how to knit, you’ll love the simple, stylish patterns by up and coming designers, and you’ll definitely love the price – $9.99 for 15 complete designs.

Looking for a way to keep the kids occupied at a slumber party? Need a quick project for your Scout troop? You’ll enjoy the projects, including how to host a knitting party for your friends, make DIY knitter’s hand salve, and more. (Are you a young adult librarian? See this page for information on starting a knitting group in your library!)

Knit.1, the premiere knitting magazine for young adults, said this about Knitgrrl in their fall/winter 2005 issue:

“Easy instructions and helpful photos make Knitgrrl an ideal starter book, but knitters of all skill levels will appreciate the funky, unique projects — soda cozies, headphone covers, dim sum catnip toys and more — as well as fun extras like DIY stitch markers and a recipe for knitters’ hand lotion. Editor’s pick: So simple, yet so brilliant: mittens with flip-off thumbs for warm (and accurate) text-messaging.” [See the clipping here]

Amazon.com reviewer L.B. Redmond said:

“My 17, 15 and 12 year old daughters keep it close at hand when they are knitting and refer to it again and again. That’s really the test, isn’t it? When asked to explain they told me they find “Stitch ‘n Bitch” a little intimidating — too adult and too much information — whereas this book seems to answer all their questions in their language, and they love the illustrations. It speaks to them.”

Editorial reviews and clippings

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