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The Cool Girl’s Guide to Knitting

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Book Name: The Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting

Author: Nicki Trench

Publisher: Parragon Publishing

ISBN: 1-40545-232-3

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 96

Illustrations: Color photos & patterns

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review

What I really like overall about The Cool Girl’s Guide to Knitting is the fun whimsical flavor to it. The author has a tongue in cheek attitude in this book because she exposes the lighter side of knitting with interesting articles such as Knitting and Dating (Follow these (7) rules and your purls may get you a diamond) and 20 mistakes that every knitter should make (i.e. Knit one sleeve longer than the other). Her sense of humor and attitude also come through in the fun and interesting quotes and satirical cartoons about knitting that are included in this book. My favorite quote (and inspiration) is “Remember: every great garment begins with a first stitch and the making is as much fun as the wearing.” (p. 50).

On the more serious side The Cool Girl’s Guide to Knitting is a great resource for beginner knitters as well as experienced ones because it contains everything from the basics of knitting in Part Two - What you need … and what to do with it to 20 funky patterns to which you can apply your knitting skills. And if you are really interested in knitting there is an overview of knitting practices in history (to present day) as well as around the world in Part One – Knit then … and now. It is interesting to see the path knitting has taken and how it has become so popular. Especially useful is the information on the purpose of and how to begin a knitting group.

The instructions for the projects in The Cool Girl’s Guide to Knitting are clearly written for the most part and with the help of the extensive abbreviation list included the steps to complete the projects are easy to follow. It is also helpful to have page references made to techniques previously explained in another part of the book when it is required for a project (i.e. attaching tassels for the Tasselled Garter Stitch Scarf). The only thing I didn’t like about some of the instructions is the combination of the list of equipment, materials, tension and finished size for the Tasselled garter stitch scarf and Garter stitch scarf. The individual applications of the equipment, materials, tension and finished sizes become apparent when you read the separate instructions for the projects but it could have been a bit clearer separating the pertinent information for both the projects under only the combined heading and introduction for garter stitch scarves. I did like the included statement the author included about the garter stitch scarves being a good beginner project.

I really like that the last two projects in the book are for storing your knitting tools and materials. The Yarn Tool Bag and the Needle Udder are not only useful but attractive storage options for keeping your yarn and knitting needles organized, they would also make unique gifts for the knitting enthusiast.


  • Unisex hoody
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Cotton summer hat
  • Dare-to-wear bikini
  • Fluffy silky-chic scarf
  • Beaded make-up bag
  • Rose top

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