Depending on which part of the country (or planet) you call home, things tend to get pretty cold this time of year. This means you must be a slave to The Man and buy the necessary climate-appropriate clothing from The Establishment, right? Wrong! When you can’t find what you need at the second-hand store or your BFF’s closet, roll up your sleeves (or not, it’s cold out), head to your local library and let these DIY manuals keep your butt warm and your conscience clear. —Jennifer Grathwol
1. Pretty In Punk: 25 Punk, Rock And Goth Knitting Projects by Alyce Benevides and Jaqueline Miles (CHRONICLE BOOKS; 2007)
Bored with the endless rows of identical clothes on the department store racks? Knit against the grain and be a Union Jack (or Jill)-of-all-trades with this handy book as your guide.
2. AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading And Stitching For The Slightly Sinister by Renee Rigdon and Zabet Stewart (NORTH LIGHT BOOKS; 2007)
If you’re not the conventional kind of "crafty" but all kinds of sinister, this book is right up your dark alley. There are no kittens or springtime flowers to be found here, but there are plenty of skulls and bones. (We’re pretty sure M.I.A. would love it.)
3. Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, And More! by Christen Haden (QUIRK BOOKS; 2008)
Okay, so technically you can’t wear these critters, but they will look the best parts of cute and creepy in your room. Who knew the grim reaper could be so adorable? Christen Haden.
4. DomiKNITrix: Whip Your Knitting Into Shape by Jennifer Stafford (NORTH LIGHT BOOKS; 2006)
Let your knitting needles be a wardrobe weapon, and whip up some fierce threads to keep you feeling toasty. These patterns are a little tougher, and are going to make you step up your game, but the end results will be so worth it.
5. Punk Knits: 26 Hot New Designs For Anarchistic Souls And Independent Spirits by Share Ross and Bam Ross (STEWART, TABORI & CHANG 2007)
Buying an anarchy patch to adorn the bag you just bought is kind of contradictory to the message, don’t ya think? Make the statement yourself, literally.