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Pretty In Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, And Goth Knitting Projects

Updated on November 29, 2012

Punk Knitting

Is this a niche knitting book or what? I received this book as a Christmas gift and thought it was fantastic, and LOVED it, but that I would never knit anything out of it. The book has great photos, and there are flaps on the book so you can easily keep your place. There aren't knitting instructions, but there is a glossary of terms.

Some of the patterns are a little out there... I mean, bum flaps? What on earth is a bum flap? But other patterns, like the one on the cover, are quite special.

This book is a great novelty gift for your favorite knitter (who isn't punk) or normal gift for the knitter who is! I ended up knitting the hat on the cover for my sister-in-law-to-be!

Pretty In Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, And Goth Knitting Projects

A novlety book I never though I would use so often

My first project from this book

From my blog post Long live the Queen! Check out the post to see photos though the construction of this hat.

This has been my first attempt at intarsia, and I have to say that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be. The problem that I have with this technique is that all of the strands that you're carrying get hopelessly tangled in back of your work. (Maybe getting yarn bobbins would help with this problem...) With 13 different balls of yarn, that makes a lot of ends to weave in. (Does anyone enjoy weaving ends in?)

A Sample of Intarsia Knitting

Intarsia is a form of colorwork knitting where you are only holding one strand (a single color) of yarn at a time. I created this video for my sister-in-law-to-be to help her out with a knitting project... in fact the SAME project that I had made her, which is the cover photo of this book!

At one point my knitting goes above the camera, but I promise that I come back into frame! I hope this may help you out with some of the patterns in this book.

The Patterns

The patterns in this book are separated into 6 sections; For the Head, For the Neck, For the Chest, For the Arms, For the Bum, and For the Rest.

The notable patterns include:

Punk's not dead and God Save the QUeen - Two different felted earflap hats that both feature mohawk fringe. Moral Panic - A scoolboy tieRude Girl - A choaker with a checkerboard patternLolita - ribbed corsetFeel the pain - wrist cuffsReady Steady Go - Miniskirt Various sweaters, hats, bags and arm/leg warmers

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The best line ever:

"Another boring scarf? More mittens? We're not going to take it! and neither should you!"

More books by Alyce Benevides, Jaqueline Milles - Vote for your favorites, or add any I missed.

The Sock Knitting Kit: Six Splendid Patterns for Toasty Toes
The Sock Knitting Kit: Six Splendid Patterns for Toasty Toes

This kit includes a helpful booklet with easy-to-follow instructions for completing six unique sock patterns from simple to complex plus a set of five double-pointed needles and enough yarn to create one pair of socks. Patterns include a basic unisex design cheerleader peds with pom poms socks for toddlers chunky slipper socks and two knee-high stockings.

Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects
Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects

Another boring scarf? More mittens? We're not gonna take it! And neither should you! Pretty in Punk salutes counterculture fashion with 25 entirely original designs inspired by fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, and punk legends. Indulge your girly side with the Ready Steady Go mini skirt, rebel with Feel the Pain wrist cuffs, or channel your inner rock star with the very same Mohawk hat Depeche Mode's Martin Gore wears on stage. Whether you're new to knitting or a veteran desperately seeking patterns with an edge, you'll find projects here for every mood and every genre. With step-by-step instructions, helpful technical illustrations and intarsia graphs, plus high-fashion photos of all the finished projects, Pretty in Punk is the only authority on anti-authority knitting.


Are you a punk knitter? - Leave your thoughts!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I really do like the punk toque. Now that is something that I could see my grandkids wearing lol.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @LadyLovelace LM: The mohawk was pretty easy, just like adding fringe onto the end of a scarf. I was amazed that it stuck upright, but I think the key is keeping the yarn short enough and packing them in close enough together. (100% wool helps, too)

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      LadyLovelace LM 6 years ago

      There is no part of me that doesn't want this book. It's an odd combination - punk culture and knitting - but it works (well. It works for me, anyway). I desperately want to know how the mohawk is done, though!

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      the777group lm 7 years ago

      No but I'd like to find a punk artiste who knitted snot.