Having pondered the idea of taking up knitting (my grandmother taught me the basics of knitting many moons ago when I was a child), I picked up Knit Wit and immediately became interested by the “hip” projects and colorful pictures. Knit Wit starts off with the basics of knitting, and there is an explanation of the different types of yarn, tools (“gear”) needed and an introductory “lesson” of the basic stitches. The instructions are clear and complete with detailed drawings – so a beginner knitter should be able to get the hang of knitting even if they are just starting out.
If you are new to knitting, make sure you read through the introductory section to get the basics down before delving into the meatier part of the book – the projects themselves. Next comes the fun part – deciding what you want to knit and which of the thirty projects you want to delve into. Projects are divided up into four sections: You’re a Little Chilly (think hats, scarves, and even postmodern legwarmers), Your Arms Are Full (fun and unique items such as an ice cream pint cozy and a cool water-bottle sling), You Knit That? (a boa, skirts, and girly boxers), and You’ve Got Nothing To Wear (a hoodie, sweaters and even a bikini!). One of my favorites is the kyoto pullover, which is a really snazzy looking pullover sweater that has a kimono look to it.
Clearly, some of the projects are more involved than others, and Knit Wit has projects ranging from beginner to intermediate, if not advanced. While some of the projects are of a slightly dubious nature (do I really need a boa?), all of the projects look like fun and Knit Wit will have something of interest to knitters regardless of whether you are a beginner or seeking a more challenging project. I recommend this fun, inspiring book for anyone interested in knitting as a hobby, and there are even some neat projects that a knitter could make for trendy, fun holiday gifts.