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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620458268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620458266
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Knit knockout items with sassy, roller derby–inspired patterns With its cheeky players, fast–paced jams, heart–stopping pileups, and rowdy, raucous atmosphere, roller derby is hot! This book is jam–packed with thirty hip knitting patterns designed by the Naptown Roller Girls of Indianapolis, Indiana, who are aggressive skaters and avid knitters. On skates, they′re hell on wheels; in their spare time, they′ve discovered that knitting is a relaxing, creative outlet. Audacious and unconventional, Knockdown Knits features: Fun, devil–may–wear patterns for everything from fishnets to an I Love Derby sweater to a hangover kit Some patterns created out of sore necessity, such as ice pack covers, slings, and armpit cushions for crutches Step–by–step instructions and easy–to–follow, detailed patterns 100 photos and 40 color drawings showing steps and techniques Photos of each design modeled by members of the Naptown Roller Girls If you′ve been looking for something different to sink your needles into, you′ll love these edgy designs that reflect the fun, brash roller derby bravado and your free spirit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Toni Carr, known as Joan of Dark #5 when she′s skating with the Naptown Roller Girls, is a passionate knitter and crocheter. Toni has appeared on the DIY show Uncommon Threads . She and her team filmed Knitty Gritty , a show aired on the DIY network. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. MARTIN on 2 Feb. 2009
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Such a cool book, really well written, fun sounding, good pictures, history and info on roller derby along-side patterns, brilliant gift for a rollergirl!
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By Katy on 7 July 2012
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I have to admit I'm sort of in the middle about this book. I bought it as a devoted derby girl and wanted to combine that with my burgeoning attempts at knitting.

However, a lot of the patterns in the book seem like filler and actually most of them I will never make (a beer cozy, really??).

It's a shame because there are three or four gems in there, but the rest are just there to bulk it up enough to make a book.

The photos/layout/instructions etc are great though.
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My roller derby fan thought this was brilliant! Very unique, and some things a little bizarre...great inspiration for inexperienced knitters with some really simple patterns.
Had some problem with delivery and amazon were brilliant, dealing with and sorting it out promptly.
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By sian10sian on 31 Aug. 2011
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This is a great book if you love knitting and derby. The book begins with descriptions and diagrams of the game and goes onto some patterns.
A fun book
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I <3 Roller Derby & Knitting 6 Aug. 2008
By care8ear13 - Published on Amazon.com
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Roller Derby and knitting? What an awesome pair! This book is fun, witty and the pictures are great. The patterns are truly original and I can't wait to try them out.

P.S. Support your local roller derby league. The ladies of roller derby are truly some of the coolest people you will ever meet!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Not your mother's knitting book 10 Aug. 2008
By Linda J. Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is so different from the knitting books I remember from 30 years or so ago, when they were boring patterns that assumed everyone lived a Ken and Barbie life. They remind me a little of the Alice Starmore knitting books and especially the Celtic collection in that they explaini a little of the culture in addition to offering knitting patterns from that culture. With the Starmore books I own, they're all wearing apparrel and sylistic. With these, I've got some things to wear and a few things to knit for practical uses.

I'm no roller girl, but I am over 50 and I can see lots of practical uses for some of those injury-related knitting projects. I wish I'd had that pea bag pattern when I had knee surgery a couple of years ago.

To quote a friend of mine who doesn't knit or like roller derby but who read the book: What a fun book!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Knockout Book 8 Aug. 2008
By Jenocide - Published on Amazon.com
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How can you go wrong with a book like this? It has more action than any 'craft' book I have ever read before. It gives readers/knitters a great insight on the girls of the Tornado Sirens/Naptown Roller Girls league as well as some really awesome knitting crafts. I am a Fresh Meat knitter myself and it didn't leave me in the penalty box for finishing a project! There are projects for all levels of knitters.
Even my mother-in-law loved the vast variety of projects offered and the great insiders viewpoint on Roller Derby! It did however, concern her a bit about my safety when she saw all the slings, pillows and crutch pads! Knit & Skate on!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Joan of Dark Kix A$$ 20 Aug. 2008
By Mr.Flakes - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book. I don't knit but my wife does. In any case, KDK is something special for Roller Derby fans. And ff you aren't a fan there are pages dedicated to explaining Roller Derby. Most people have preconceived notions that it's just WWF on skates (It's REALLY NOT!)
Each project in the book is modeled by a member of the Naptown Roller Girls Tornado Sirens. Each girl is also treated to a small informative bio too. (who knew Kitiara was a silver medalist in the World Police and Fire Games!?)
For those of you looking for unique and interesting knitting projects this IS the the book for you. Sweaters, hats, mittens and a beverage holder with a built in glove to keep the drink cold and the hand warm!
Fun stuff! For all of its content, this book is a steal!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Knitting & Roller Derby. Goes together like PB&J 4 Sept. 2008
By D. Matlack - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW! Being a huge fan of knitting, and the various social off-shoot knitting circles that evolve from one of the most unlikely of fiber skills, I naturally had to scoop this one up. And I am so glad I did!

This book was great for two reasons:

1) the knitting of course, the patterns are fun and quirky (ex. frozen peas, a fun knit icepack cozy to wrap around boo-boos.) but really well done. Joan of Dark and her Roller girls takes their knitting seriously but enjoy every stich.

2) The entire aspect, a general history and cultural signifigance of Roller Derby is explained in such a way I was aching to dig out my old skates and join up!

Seriously, this book was so much more than I expected. A fun knittng book and a fun Roller Derby book successfully rolled (no pun intended) into one, as unlikely as that may be.
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