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  Vogue Knitting on the Go: Teen Knits
Edited by Trisha Malcolm
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Tidy little "On the Go" books hook me every time. Their portable format, bright photography, and well-written patterns are always appealing.

In this particular case, I am not a teen, nor do I know any teens for whom I could knit. But someday I might, in which case I'll be glad I have this book.

The Series
Part of Vogue Knitting's popular "On the Go" series, Teen Knits contains 21 patterns and pattern sets fashioned to suit teen tastes. And that's exactly where I bow my hat to Trisha Malcolm and her colleagues.

Teens are not known for their easygoing attitudes toward clothes. Yet there's enough depth and breadth of style here to suit just about every fashion and personality type.

The Patterns
You'll find a good balance between conservative and outrageous. Items include a houndstooth vest, scarf and hat, felted bag, cropped cable pullover, and drawstring cap and skirt.

Although there are a few designs for boys, most of them are for girls.

Suitable Skills
From a skill perspective, the majority of the patterns are appropriate for beginners, with just a few more complicated patterns thrown in to keep you stimulated.

Although there are eight pages of stitch and technique information at the beginning of the book, you are expected to understand the very basics of knitting.

Flat Photos
Each item is photographed flat against a white backdrop, with the camera close enough to capture stitch details. While I criticized Lily Chin's The Urban Knitter for depicting patterns in the same way, here it works well.

The paper stock is heavy and glossy, with full-color images throughout. The garments are laid out attractively, sometimes with a gentle fold here or there, instead of being blocked flat like a bug on a windshield.

The instructions are excellent, with clear language and understandable abbreviations. Where appropriate, clear stitch charts and schematic diagrams are included as well.

Getting with the Times
I only have one gripe about the book, and it has to do with the book's Resources section at the very back. It lists the names and mailing addresses of all the yarn manufacturers whose yarns are used for the book, but not the URLs.

I don't recall ever taking pen to paper and writing a yarn company for purchasing information. But now, thanks to the Web, I can go to the manufacturer's Web site. Nine times out of ten, the information I need is right there.

When book publishers list URLs in their resource sections, it makes our lives a lot easier.

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