Knitting has become popular as a relaxing activity for many, and these patterns will appeal to many YA readers. Basic information is included about various yarns, knitting techniques, care instructions, and websites for materials, which makes this book a valuable resource. Detailed color photography provides great visual references. Wrist/ankle bracelets, a blossom headband/choker, flip-flop decorations, a cabana beach bag, a cropped top, and a furry denim jacket collar are among the 16 different projects. Shannon is also the author of Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 15 Fun and Funky Projects. In addition, she has an online store for artisan-crafted items, www.anezkahandmade.com, and she sponsors a website, www.knitgrrl.com, for further information. KLIATT Codes: JSARecommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, Watson-Guptill, 96p. illus. index., Ages 12 to adult.
As with Okey's previous Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 15 Fun and Funky Projects (Watson-Guptil, 2005/VOYA December 2005), the basics of knitting are covered, including sections on types of yarn, needles, and other tools. Especially useful is a chart on standard yarn weight systems and how to read patterns. Enhanced with step-by-step photographs, the directions for the Knitting 101 section (casting on, joining new yarn, binding off, and more) are clear and well explained. Everything is geared toward attracting teens, from the colorful illustrations and photos of teens modeling each finished pattern to the multiple choice "What's Your Color?" quiz. The chapter on using beads is excellent. The sixteen new patterns are youthful, and all start out listing which skills are required-for the Ooh-la-la Flip Flops, the author discusses casting on, knit stitch, binding off, seaming, and weaving in ends. A furry denim jacket collar, water-bottle holder, beaded bracelets and necklaces, a cropped tank, and striped cardigan are just some of the other projects. There is one egregious error: no cast on directions for the Full-of-holes Scarf! This flaw is a serious problem. The reader will have to take advantage of the knitgrrl.com Web site, which corrects omission under "Errata," and where she answers questions. Other Web sites and organizations are also listed in the back of the book. Despite this one omission, Knitgrrl 2 is worthy of consideration for young adult collections because of its first-class technique instructions and its teen-appropriate projects.
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. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Gr 7 Up-Like Knitgrrl (Watson-Guptill, 2005), this is an eye-catching introduction to the craft. Varied typeface and print color as well as a mix of excellent color photography and illustrations make this book fun to read and explore. Clear, step-by-step directions are extremely helpful for learning the basics. Each of the 16 projects includes skills, size, finished measurements, materials, gauge, pattern, finishing, and a color photo. Teens can create flip-flops, book covers, a jacket collar, a headband/choker, a pencil purse, a water-bottle holder, a beauty-to-go bag, a belt, a kerchief, a cardigan, a scarf, a necklace, wrist/ankle bracelets, a poncho, a tank top, and a beach bag. Materials are easily obtainable in sewing/craft stores. About two dozen tips are interspersed throughout the text. This delightful book is sure to please experienced as well as new knitters.-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.