(More customer reviews)I can't speak for the knitting instruction chapters, as I know how to knit and skipped those parts, but the patterns in this book are FUGLY.
I bought this thinking it would have some great patterns for my teen nieces - WRONG! The patterns are just plain awful. Knit a fake cactus? Yeah, that's on every young hipster's list. How about an egg cozy? Or a cozy for individual apples or bananas?
There is a pattern for a safety pin sweater, knit with intentional holes and uses safety pins across the holes, all in a horrendous yellow/brown striped combo. Ugh. This is NOT cutting edge shabby fashion, it's just plain bad.
Or maybe you might like to knit up the mini-dress with lace edging...modeled on a young girl wearing pink and black striped tights. Yeah, if you want your daughter to go out looking like a hooker, go for it.
Knitted KNEE PADS? For BOYS? With a brown center and powder blue/brown stripes radiating from the center? Seriously. What "hip young" teen boy is going to wear this? One who wants to get beat up at the skate park.
There are a couple of patterns that are okay. For example, fingerless gloves. Of which there are plenty of free patterns available on the internet, minus the unfortunate green/white striping. There is a cute slipper pattern, that my nieces might wear around the house. Um, yeah, that's about it for the "okay" category.
Skip this book. I really try to be supportive of the people who put out knitting books, but dang, this one is bad. "Hip Young Things" will not want to either own or knit the overwhelming majority of these patterns. I feel a responsibility to warn other people not to waste their money on this book. I'm sending my copy back.
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Knitting comes out of the parlor in this edgy collection of modern designs for knitters who want their personalities to come through in their projects. More than 30 patterns, including a cozy hoodie, a key chain, and an easy-care cactus stretch a knitter's repertoire beyond simple scarves and hats. The themed sections take intrepid handcrafters from an "Urban Playground" to "Home Comforts" while an introductory chapter covers knitting terms and techniques so novice knitters can skip the fuss and get right down to the knitty-gritty. A variety of yarns are used, fueling mix-and-match creativity, and there is even a market tote to knit from old plastic grocery bags. Always unpredictable and never square, the new projects in this book will spark creativity in hip knitters everywhere.