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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2010
Although there are some good patterns in this book, there aren't that many - over half the book is taken up with 'how to knit', which is frustrating for the experienced knitter. The patterns too cheat a little - there are three jumpers that are actually the same but with three different charts to insert. If you're a beginner, you will love it. Otherwise, unless you need a 'how to knit' handbook, there are better alternative knitwear pattern books on the market.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2007
Such a great book! Attention to detail, fantastic shaping techniques...I was a little worried that the two big projects were not included in the book (Gothlet end Elfin Bride) but Jen will e-mail the patterns to the book purchasers now that they are fully finished...just need to register on her website! Finished 2 hats already and can't wait to start on my next project. Perfect handbag size, funky designs and good (refresher) course on some techniques...absolutely LOVE it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2007
Just got my copy today, and have fallen in love with it. It leans towards a Goth theme, but with over 20 patterns, there seems to be something in this book for everyone. From hats to coats, jumpers to jewellery, the patterns are rated from easy to difficult, with plenty of guidance and photos to help you along. It covers adding zippers and teaches you how to correct your mistakes.

I should have bought two copies, as I think I may wear this one out from use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2007
Whilst the traditional knitter may find the presentational style of this book a little "surprising", if you take the time to read it you will find that this is actually a top quality book about producing really beautiful and PROPERLEY FITTED knitwear. The range of patterns included is wide, and the author has explained each and every technique used so even the novice knitter will be able to "whip up" something to be proud of. All in all great fun, clear instructions, and a great change from saggy baggy sweaters! Plus the PVC-esque cover is very practical if you spill your cuppa on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2007
I have been so loking forward to this book arriving and when I finally got my mits on it I was not disapointed. This is a great book with plenty of patterns that I want to try out. Ive only been knitting for a (very) short time but the instructions have given me the confidence to try out some more elabroate items. I love the style of the book too, really blows a big rasberry to all the older stuffy books that your mum had hanging arround. The designs are very young and funky though so if that s not your cup of tea perhaps you wont like it as much.

Buy this book today!
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on 14 October 2011
As a beginner knitter I apprechiate that the book is taken up with 'how to knit' for about half of it. However, I also apprechiate that if you are experienced then this would be frustrating!

The book is filled with some awesome patterns that as a student I would actually like to knit - such as a Mohawk hat and some great tops with a twist! This I thought was pretty important, and probably the best feature of the book. The second best was the way it is written and how the techniques are explained - it's about being a good knitter technique wise and 'ripping up the yarn if it doesn't behave'. I thought this was quite a refreshing approach.

Despite all this, I gave it a 3/5 due to the fact that as a beginner I find it hard to follow sometimes - it's a bit sqaushed up into as little pages as possible which annoys me. You also need a lot of equipment that as a beginner I didn't have. There's only pillows that involve just normal knitting needles - without extra zippers etc etc! This was terribly frustrating until I finally bought some circular needles as I don't need more pillows.

The writer has a system of ranking the patterns according to difficulty, however a lot is expected of novice knitters.

Overall - I like the book and the patterns, they are really interesting and a different approach to knitting however, I had to give it 3/5 because of the other bits that are quite frustrating as a beginner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2007
I was very excited to read about this book and ordered it as soon as possible. It does have some really great designs and a few naff / quirky ones (depending on your view). I absolutey fell in love with four of the patterns and started planning for them. However, the best design (Elfin Bride/Gothlet)is not actually in the book it was publishd later on the net (password accessible only); two other designs require so much yarn that the cost is almost prohibitive; the last one on my list is still possible if I can find a substitute for the recommended yarn, which is not available in the UK.

All in all this has the same problem that a lot of US knitting books have, which is that the recommended yarns are not easily available over here and they are mostly Aran weight or heavier (in this book - it seems to be mostly chunky weight) - not very flattering to any but the most svelte.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2007
I am not a beginner knitter but I would recommend this book for beginners and experienced alike. It is such fun! Very modern approach to teaching how to knit with very useful hints and tips. I have lots of colourful books and magazines on the subject but none had made me go back to my needles so fast and with so much gusto! And this is my comment on the first 40 pages alone! I am looking forward to devouring the rest.
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on 19 July 2012
i purchased this book along with a few other knitting books. i was totally blown away by it. i loved the authors sense of humour and originality. it was a joy to read, yes i am actually reading it not just looking at the pictures. i did find it difficult trying to understand the lifted increase, but there is a video on the authors website showing exactly how its done. rather than feeling daunted by the patterns, i feel inspired. as for the other books i bought, they are adequate but pail into insignificance next to domiknitrix
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on 14 February 2009
I love this book, I was fairly new to knitting when I bought it, but the first 'how to knit' section is brilliant, it covers pretty much everything and introduces a few techniques I'd not come across before. It also has a great section of patterns for us younger knitters! The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is because of the yarns - as another reviewer noted, chunky can sometimes not be so flattering, and finding substiute yarns in the UK can be difficult.
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