Knitting is the reigning queen of crafts, enjoying a surge of popularity with all ages and demographic groups. Most knitting books, however, are aimed at either adults or kid s under 10, leaving the booming tween/teen market untapped. "KnitGrrl" is a funky, upbeat introduction to knitting for girls ages 12 and up. The book starts with a basic introduction to materials, tools, and basic stitches, then offers 15 easy projects designed specifically for teens, all using yarn that's inexpensive and widely available. Patterns are organized into chapters that incrementally build skills, from mastering basic stitches to adding and subtracting stitches, working with fancy yarn, felting, and adding embellishments like pop-poms and embroidery. Projects are illustrated with clear photos. Spot art by illustrator Kathleen Jacques adds a fun touch throughout. The book will emphasize the empowering possibilities of knitting, such as ways to organize your own knitting group and how knitting can be used to bond with relatives and friends.
Patterns in the book include: on-the-go iPod bag; friendship scarf; rockin' wristbands; faux fur stole; cat toys; iPod case and headphone covers; hipster headband; text-messaging mittens; girlie beanie; starry leg warmers; lacy scarf; and more.
SHANNON OKEY is a writer, designer, and knitter. She is a regular contributor to knitty.com, the longest-running free knitting magazine on the Internet. This is her first book. KATHLEEN JACQUES is the writer and illustrator of the popular online comic "Intershadows." She lives in Canada. This is her first book.