Knitgrrl 2

Knitgrrl 2: Learn to Knit With 16 All-New Patterns
96 pages
ISBN 0-8230-2619-1
$9.95 paperback
World distribution £5.99 / $12.95 Canadian
Released April 2006: order on 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. See this page for more information on the first Knitgrrl book.

Knitgrrl 2 has even more fun patterns and activities for knitters of all ages. You’ll love the beaded jewelry chapter (so many possibilities!), the so-cool-it’s-hot tank top, the no-worries sweater pattern anyone can knit…and that’s just the beginning. Of course, dozens of simple step-by-step photos are still included, with extra new techniques for you to learn, as well as more fantastic illustrations by Kathleen Jacques.

The following review appeared in the 15 April 2006 issue of Library Journal:

Funky Knits: Knitting Know-How for Hip Young Things
(Carol Meldrum & Julie Marchington)
Knitgrrl 2: Learn To Knit with 16 All-New Patterns

Both these books target the young, hip knitter, but with very different approaches. Knitgrrl 2, Okey’s follow-up to Knitgrrl, emphasizes instruction, with colorful closeup illustrations of such techniques as casting on, knitting, purling, joining new yarn, and binding off; chapters on dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid, knitting with beads, and embellishing knits; and a small collection of projects suitable for beginners. Among the 16 projects are beaded jewelry, a quick-knit poncho, and a beach bag (with cell-phone case).

Funky Knits also contains instruction for the beginning knitter but with enough detail to make it more suitable for the knitter with some experience. In some cases (e.g., the textured zip-up top, the acoustic guitar case) we’re most likely talking college-age. Then, too, Meldrum (coauthor, Denim People) uses pricey yarns that may not fit within a teenager’s budget; some yarn substitution might be in order. Projects include a basic black party dress with lace trimming and iPod covers. Knitgrrl 2 is an excellent buy for public library teen collections; consider Funky Knits for large public libraries in need of knitting books for young adults.

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