First, the facts:
Title: The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits
Published by: Interweave Press, 2013
The In-Depth Look:
I hope you’re all as excited as I am. Not only has Interweave Press come up with a fun tribute to one of my favorite series of books (and movies), but they were generous enough to give me free copies to give away!
But more on that later.
The magazine, The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, is filled with 30 projects inspired by the series. And, honestly, they’re almost as much fun. There are some great sweaters, here (and I’ll confess that I bought yarn to make the cover sweater the other day, so right away, you know I like it), some lovely wraps and shawls and socks … but there are whimsical things, too, like the stash-busting E.L.F. cap that looks like a pile of five different hats. There are O.W.L. mittens with a cheat-sheet list of spells on the palms, a Forbidden Forest scarf that looks like a series of trailing vines … and let’s not forget the hair bow that looks like a big, juicy fly.
But more than the playful patterns, there are some gorgeous sweaters in here–pullovers for men, cardigans and vests for women. There are lacy wraps that range from shawls to cloaks (well, short cloaks). Fingerless gloves and socks are here, too, and all in all, it’s a great collection. I already told you I plan on making the cover sweater, but there are several more here that I’d make, too, if only there were time! (Unfortunately, I’m guessing Hermione’s Time-Turner Mitts don’t actually turn time.) Oh, and let’s not forget the updated school scarves with abbreviated stripes.
Along the way, there are articles about the knits in the movies and the filming locations, magical symbols in the knitwear.
Basically, yes, this is a fun collection, and as a Harry Potter fan and a knitter, I’m enchanted.
Now–the best part. I have three copies to give away!
So … to be eligible to win, leave me a comment below answering these two questions.
- Which pattern from the collection would you most like to knit?
- Which do you prefer–the books or the movies?
The contest will stay open for a for a week, and is only open to US readers. (Sorry about that, for those of you outside the USA.)
You can get your copy at your local yarn shop, bookstore, Amazon.com or at Interweave (link below).
This review copy and the giveaway copies were kindly donated by Interweave Press. Thank you!