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Harry Potter: Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book Hardcover – January 28, 2020
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, Martha Stewart.com
"If you're looking to adorn your home (and life!) with unique pieces that aren't sold in stores, you might want to take a gander at the The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book.", House Beautiful
“As the first official pattern collection of its kind, we can’t say we blame fans for being excited.”
, First for Women
Doubles over as a solid collector’s item for those fans who can’t stop adding new things to their mountain of stuff. There’s no judgement here, especially since this knitting guide looks pretty awesome., Nerdist
"Fans who knit have even more options for expressing their love of all things magical."
, Apartment Therapy
“With a little creativity, you can bring some of the warm and fuzzy feelings of Hogwarts into your home.”
, Mental Floss
"This book is so well done, and the wide variety of knitting projects means there’s something in here for every Harry Potter fan.", GeekMom
"Calling all wizards! Do you want to make magic with nothing other than your knitting needles? Then look no further... this guide will help you create Hogwarts magic in your own home, with something for every level of knitter."
"Grab your enchanted knitting needles... and get ready to create a magical world." , Red Tricycle
"Never have I wanted a pair of Molly Weasley's enchanted knitting needles more.", PopSugar
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There is a wide variety of objects to make here. 6 sweaters, 3 amigurumi knit animals, 6 scarves and cowls, a beaded shawl, 4 mittens, 2 socks, a blanket, and some delightful additions like a Beauxbatons capelet and a hanging Hogwarts mobile. The book is clearly and obviously designed with the films in mind (Ravenclaws take note - they use the screen house colors of blue and silver). There are several patterns for items that are seen on screen, particularly the House Cardigans, House Scarves, Mrs. Weasley's Christmas Sweaters (yes, they include charted alphabets for each letter!), and Umbridge's Cat Scarf. These appear to be very close to the versions seen on screen, with recommended yarns and colors to match them closely. I own an "official" Harry Potter cardigan from the screen used mill, and the pattern in the book isn't an exact match, but it's very close and a wonderful design. It's obvious that Tanis Gray worked with Warner Brothers - this is very much an official, licensed book.
Each pattern is written, with some also charted, including all colorwork. The patterns begin with a skill level rating (1 to 5 lightning bolts), an introduction about the design, and critical info such as sizing, measurements, gauge, notes, and suggested yarn, colors and needles. There is a glossary of stitch terms in the back with very brief instructions as well. The yarns suggested are mostly specialty yarns that can be found at local yarn stores and ordered online. I have already sourced the recommended yarns for several of the projects from my local/online yarn store, and ordered two others from online. Yarns recommended include some from Cascade Yarns, Berroco, Blue Sky Fibers, Quince & Co, Shibui Knits, Wool and the Gang, and more. If you can't easily source the yarn or want to choose your own, each pattern gives the name, weight, fiber content, and skein size of the pictured yarn. Most of them are easy to substitute - of course you will want to try to match fiber content and weight when possible. I wouldn't encourage anyone to try to substitute with big box store yarn for most of these patterns - most big box store yarn in the US (Hobby Lobby, etc) is acrylic and would be a poor substitute for the beautiful wool, silk, and blends in this book.
I won't list all of the patterns because part of the joy of this book was discovering them in the pages! There are some beautiful and fun surprises here. In addition to Tanis Gray's designs, multiple other designers contributed their unique patterns. Many knitters may be familiar with Paper Tiger / Dianna Walla and her Norwegian mittens, Sara Elizabeth Kellner's knitted toys, Casapinka, Dana Williams-Johnson, SpillyJane, Stephanie Lotven / Tellybean, Tiny Owl Knits, Susanna Ic, Susan Claudino, Martaschmarta, Heather Zoppetti, Joan Forgione, and Lindsay Henricks, who all contributed designs.
If you are looking for a fabulous yarn store that carries many of the recommended yarns, as well as many options for suitable, high quality substituted, I highly recommend the store "Eat, Sleep, Knit" found both online and outside of Atlanta.
Patterns by given project skill level (rated 1-5 lightning bolts):
Crafty Creatures: While the pixies where fun in the movies and I would like to make a pixie, I feel crochet might have been a better choice to get a better shape for the pixie, the one in this book looks more babyish than the ones from the movie. Fluffy looks good and scary. Hedwig, fine I guess, but I am not interested in creating this version of the famous owl, she seems fat. I wish they would have included a Monster book of Monsters in this category.
Wizarding Wardrobe: There are all ready so many Harry Potter Scarf Patterns and Wesley Sweater patterns out there all ready I feel like these two where added for filler and to "fatten" the book. It would have been nice for instance if they instead included the pattern for the matching sweaters Fred and George are wearing on page 41. Also a nice change of pace would have been including the Hogwarts vest some student wore pictured on page 51. Again Umbridge's cat scarf looks like nothing from the one in the movie and is down right scary to look at. It would have been nice if they included the nice pull over pictured on page 57. Also I would have loved to see a pattern for either Professor Dumbledore's hat or Profession McGonagall's tartan hat.
Inspired Apparel: Is just that, and here are some really great items and a few flops. "Harry Potter Wizarding World Sweater" is nice and cute, looks comfortable. The "Mirror of Erised Cabled Cowl" is quite beautiful. The "Golden Snitch" socks and mittens ok, put them in the book, I'll accept them. The Wizarding Transportation Scarf looks fun, I love the yarn choices. The "Dueling Club Fingerless Mitts- I love the idea of adding some beading to a project, however these just don't hold the shape of the moon phases well and they look a little blobby. The "Show your colors Quidditch socks" look fun. I LOVE the "Owl Post Pullover" I am pretty sure I am going to make this at some point. The cable doesn't really make me think of Harry Potter, but the owl on the cuff is a neat idea and the hidden message is clever. They should have added a pattern for Uncle Vernon's sweater pictured on page. 102. The "Expecto Patronum" Mittens are very nice, and I think I will make some for my sister for next Christmas! The "Buckbeak" Pullover does not immediately make me think of the great hippogriff, but it is a beautiful piece that I think would make a great project. The "Beauxbatons" caplet I am a little disappointed in, the collar does not match the original, and it should, and they should have included a pattern for that adorable hat the Beauxbatons students wore. The "Chamber of Secrets" hat is ugly and doesn't really look what I think they where going for, maybe some beaded work should have gone on this. "Hermione's time-turner" seater is beautiful, and I hope to make this one too. The "Dark Mark Illusion" Scarf is neat, if your into that dark look. The Nagini Lariat is again ugly and I feel a book filler. Luna's "Spectresoecs" Gloves are interesting, I never would have put the two together, but the gloves are neat and Lunaish. The "Deathly Hallows Lace-Knit Beaded Shawl" is meh.
Delightful Décor: The mug cozies are simple enough for beginners. The "Sorting Hat Hanging Display is interesting, I cant decide if I like it, yet I might make it as a baby mobile for my sister in laws new baby..... The washcloths again or great for beginners. I would like to see a pattern for Rons jumper pictures on page 190, not to mention his hat worn in the movies in the scene where the boys are in their dormitory eating those candies that make them create animal noises. I would LOVE that hat. The "Order of the phoenix Blanket" is neat and looks like quite the undertaking.
For them most part a nice book, but I would have expected more items from the actual movies.
Top international reviews
I'm especially eager to make the Owl Post and Buckbeak pullovers and Hermione's Time Turner sweater. And the Expecto Patronum mittens. And maybe the throw. And definitely the Wizarding Transportation Scarf!
Sadly, there's a lot of wool used. Animals are here *with us, not *for us, it's high time we came together and ended horrific animal exploitation.
There are plenty of plant based and synthetic yarns available so please sub whatever's suggested in the book with those.
Be Magical. Not a muggle.
Sometimes official franchise craft books are a big disappointment, but this one definitely is not! It has such a variety of patterns, some of which are absolutely stunning (Hedwig!) It’s a beautiful looking, well presented book too. And it doesn’t contain 50 pages on How to Knit, which most knitters will be really pleased about, I’m sure! Probably not the book for a total beginner then, but it could certainly inspire someone to pick up their needles and learn, before tackling these patterns. Now which one to cast on first?!
Just to add, after reading one review above, the yarns the items are made with are from US companies (some of which ARE available in the UK), but the type of yarn used (DK, Aran, etc) is very clearly stated so don’t let this put you off!
So 24 hours later and 2 trips to a craft shop i now have enough knitting needles to hold up a shop with, a few sheeps worth of wool, with an order the size of a woolie friend on the way, a video history on youtube to make an old lady jealous and cramp in my hand.. such bad bad cramp.
All the patterns are extremely well thought out with wonderful references to the scenes of the films from where each garnered their inspiration. I have at least 2/3 of the patterns in my ravelry queue, with 2 started and the yarn for a third ready and waiting.
Over all, I'm blown away. This is the perfect knitting book for any knitter who is a fan of the HP fandom.