Knitter’s Review: Kung-Fu Knits & A Giveaway!

Guys, it’s been ages since I’ve knitted a stitch, let me be real. I think I found the book that’s cured my dry spell.

Click to view on Ravelry

Click to view on Ravelry

Designer and podcaster extraordinaire, Elizabeth Green Musselman aka DarkMatterKnits has made it her knitting mission to design stuff for men and boys, a (let’s be real here) neglected demographic. And this book?

It’s more than just a pattern book. Your kids may want to steal it.

There are patterns but there’s also a story of a little boy who goes and defeats a monster named Frostbite in a Calvin and Hobbes meets the Ninja Turtles sort of way. He doesn’t want to wear a sweater (honestly, who did at that age?!) so his creative mom knits him a gi, pants, a bag, throwing stars and a pair of nunchucks.

And since the throwing stars and nunchucks are made out of yarn, no one’s eye will be poked out.

What I also really like is Elizabeth’s use of yarn. All the samples are knit with Berroco Vintage, an acrylic/wool blend that I’ve used before. It’s warm without feeling like a piece of plastic, it’s affordable, and it’s machine wash and dryable! I don’t understand designers who use very expensive and easily dirtied yarn for children’s wear. Kids are grubby and have a knack for getting dirty and ain’t no one got time for handwashing out mud and grass stains.

You can buy a PDF copy via Ravelry, or a paperback version through Cooperative Press. 

You can also try your luck at winning a digital PDF copy right here. Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

Good luck and happy knitting!

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