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Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter Paperback – May 7, 2007

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“There is a section on knitting techniques and abbreviations included that will explain all to novice knitters…" (Knit Today, October 2007)

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Sit and Knit a Spell

You'll soon be knitting enchanting things you didn't know were within your powers. Charmed Knits offers dozens of patterns for items that evoke the mystique of Harry Potter?—a Wizard Robe, an Invisibility Shawl, a Quidditch Sweater, Ron's Ragg Raglan, a Clock Blanket, Harry Christmas Ornaments, and more. Easy-to-follow patterns, color photos of the finished projects, and illustrations of special stitch patterns and design elements make it easy for all knitters—from beginners to those at Mrs.Weasley's level—to work knitting magic. Charmed Knits whisks you away on a wonderful journey. Along the way, you can pick patterns inspired by the Weasleys, stock up at Diagon Alley, show your house colors, conjure up gifts, or create pieces to help you feel at home in the magical world of Harry Potter.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470067314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470067314
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Catherine Martin on May 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a fan of the Blue Blog (the author's knitting blog) as well as an avid Harry Potter fan, I was looking forward to this book with great anticipation. A book linking Harry Potter and knitting had to happen sooner or later--knitting pops up all over the books, and is featured in the movies as well. This book is a "best of" of Harry Potter knits featuring designs by Alison Hansel as well as a number of other Harry Potter knit designers. Some are copied from movie scenes, and others are inspired by the books. You can dress from head to toe in your house colors!

Pattern instructions are clear and detailed, and each is accompanied by color photos. Yarn selections range in price, with a number of more affordable yarns like Cascade 220, some Knit Picks yarns and Lion Brand Wool Ease. Details on substituting yarns are also included. Difficulty levels include "First Year," "O.W.L." and "N.E.W.T." (beginning, intermediate and advanced), and there is truly something for everyone here. I have already knit four of these patterns and have been very pleased with the results.

This is a very eclectic group of patterns, ranging from classic sweater designs (such as Harry's red cableknit pullover from the first movie and the gray v-neck house sweaters with house color accents) to more unusual fare, such as Molly Weasley's "technicolor housecoat" cardigan design and a stuffed "Errol" owl. This fits right in with the series. In the wizarding world, there are bound to be some "out there" designs, after all.

The book design is fun and very nicely done. It is an enjoyable read for any HP knitting fan anxiously waiting for the release of the final book! Get ready for those midnight book-release parties, and start knitting yourself a house colors wardrobe with this wonderful book!
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I know that many of these projects are available for free online (in fact I have already knitted more than one of them!) but I wanted them all in one place, and I could now throw away all the tattered pieces of printer paper I have roaming around my knitting bag :) Plus, there were a few I didn't have and I was happy to get! I think the reviewers complaining about the fact that they could get these patterns free online are being a bit insulting. I'm happy to be able to put a couple of pennies in the pockets of these ladies who took the time to create and share these patterns with the public. It's so sad that in our society of instant gratification that we all seem to think that we are entitled to anything we want and heaven forbid we have to pay for it. I recommend this book for any fans of the potterverse.
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I'm a Muggle with a Potterhead 14 year-old daughter and four members of my sister's family, all certifiably batty over the Harry Potter books.

Lots of good, fun knits in this book. Big projects, medium project, little projects - they're all here. Most of them run the size gamut from Toddler to Adult XXL - good show, Alison Hansel. The Invisibility Shawl in pale gray laceweight cashmere is gorgeous. The little house scarves as bookmarks are adorable. 90% of the garments and accessories are very wearable.

Minus 1 star for the fit of Molly's Amazing Technicolor Housecoat on the pretty (and brave - bravo to her!) model.
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I am utterly "charmed" by this beautiful book of knitting designs for fans of Harry Potter . . . and friends. There are plenty of scarves, hats, mittens and socks -- with recommended colors for the signature "house colors" seen in the films. And there are three hats for little "house-elves." Really, it's amazing to realize how rich with knitting Harry's life is! You will be amazed by the Wizard Cap and Robe as well as by Errol, the Weasleys' old owl! Add to that ensemble Wand Cozies!! I wish I could knit ALL these items for my grandchildren, longtime fans. There are lovely sweaters, like Harry's classic red cable, Ron's Ragg Raglan, and House Sweaters with suggested colors for Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. There's even an Invisibility Shawl! And, for stocking stuffers, knit up bookmarks in all 4 House Colors. Within these pages lie well-written, easy-to-read patterns marrying stitchcraft and wizardy -- productive fun for all!
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For all of you who have searched the net looking for H.P. knitting patterns, this book is for you! It covers beginner, intermediate, and experienced. There are lots of great projects including, sweaters, robes, socks, scarves, hats, mittens, wand cozies, an owl, a robe, afghan, invisiblity shawl,etc. This will likely be one of those pattern books that everyone will be wishing they had bought when it goes out-of-print, and is next to impossible to find.
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I've tried two patterns so far, and BOTH had errors. I got on a live chat with the publisher, Wiley, and even they are unaware that there are problems. I find this hard to believe, since the book came out in May, and I cannot be the first person to knit anything. Charles P. said they are going to submit this to the author for review. That's nice, but it doesn't help those of us who are having problems NOW. So if anyone has a fix for Errol on page 24, please send it to coolg985(at) aol (dot) com.

Thanks!
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