Knitmare on Elm Street: 20 Projects that Go Bump in the Night

Knitmare on Elm Street: 20 Projects that Go Bump in the Night

by Hannah Simpson
     
 

Knitmare on Elm Street offers an edgy and imaginative collection of knitting projects. Perfect for the fall/Halloween season, it shows an alternative take on the traditional craft designed to appeal to the modern knitter in search of something a little different.

Ghoulishly inclined knitting enthusiasts can create a diverse range of creepy crafts, from

Overview

Knitmare on Elm Street offers an edgy and imaginative collection of knitting projects. Perfect for the fall/Halloween season, it shows an alternative take on the traditional craft designed to appeal to the modern knitter in search of something a little different.

Ghoulishly inclined knitting enthusiasts can create a diverse range of creepy crafts, from cuddly toys and miniature dioramas to 3Dknitted pictures, laptop cosies, and cushion covers. Clear instructions written in a down-to-earth and humorous tone make the projects uncomplicated for beginners. Tips on how to incorporate light, sound, and trickier techniques into the projects allow the more advanced to take their knitting to the next spooky dimension.

Projects include: a plush monkey with miniature cymbals, ventriloquist’s dummy hand puppet, Haitian voodoo doll, sideshow carnival finger puppet theater, and a spinning monster carousel with optional light and sound effects, and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In knitting, as in a lot of things, cute can be a four-letter word. Not so with Simpson, largely because the Oxford,England-based knitter brings to her Halloween-themed projects a wicked sense of humor, a healthy dose of irreverence, and more than a dash of mischief. Her 20 projects range from a knitted version of that unkillable blade-handed movie villain (his black button eyes are almost as scary as the movie version's) to a zombie egg cozy (crack off the top of the egg for a dash of brains). Best is the "Light Up Ghost," a simple project elevated by the inclusion of an LCD light - make a whole haunted houseful. Simpson introduces each project with fact-filled paragraphs about its inspiration that are so fun to read, the reader will wish she could watch the movies that inspired many of them - A Nightmare on Elm Street, Nosferatu, The Evil Dead - with Simpson and a bucket of popcorn. The book's designers have taken a cue from Simpson's sense of fun, showing monstrous and witchy hands on the knitting needles in the instructional illustrations, and setting up some fun vignettes for the pictures (Baby bassinet hung with a mobile of icky green spiders, anyone?). This may not be a book readers consult to learn how to knit, but they'll be reaching for it even after the haunted holiday for its wit and wickedness.
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From the Publisher
Lara Neel, The Journal Gazette
Knitmare on Elm Street: 20 Projects That Go Bump in the Night by Hannah Simpson is a blast even if you're not already into knitting dolls, creepy stuff, or zombie egg cozies. (If you're not into these things, what is WRONG with you?). It's not just Hannah's acknowledgement of Romero in the back of the book, the cute/creepy factor of using doweling rods for a zombie marionette, or the finger puppets that belong in a sideshow. It's also the clear instructions, wonderful photographs and very creative ideas (creepy clown pillow, anyone?)”

Caitlin Eaton, AllFreeKnitting.com
“What better way to practice knitting than by making your own Abominable Snowman? (Yep, there’s a pattern for that inside too—it’s actually really cute)…So if the thought of decorating for Halloween fills you with an inexplicable joy, do yourself a favor and check out Knitmare on Elm Street. The creativity that went into making these patterns is sure to impress you!”

Paranormal Wastelands blog
“This book is just too freaking cute!! ... Every project made me squee with delight!”

Knitting blog on The Oregonian
“Knitmare by Hannah Simpson is one adorable book that not only manages to walk the line between cute and creepy, but does it by delivering 20  Halloween patterns with blessedly clear directions, a variety of skill levels and a whole new realm of knitterly fun…What a great gift for your favorite little goblin…these directions were generally thorough and clear, and walk you through a number of techniques most knitters don't use often, or at all…The projects here have a variety of skill and scare levels, so whether you're looking for something sweet…or something creepy…you'll find something that suits.” 

Girls’ Life
“We've done it. We've found the most adorable Halloween crafting book of them all. Are you ready? Because it's freakishly cute. A yeah, maybe a little disturbing. But hey, most good Halloween-y things are!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762444175
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Simpson has created armies of knitted zombies and classic horror characters which have appeared in print worldwide and are distributed online.

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