Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy

Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy

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by Joan of Dark
     
 

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The best of science fiction, manga, and animaguiri meets knit one, purl two as knit siren and part-time roller derby girl Joan of Dark offers up an out-of-this-world assortment of knitting nerdiness inside Knits for Nerds. The patterns for 30 iconic clothing and accessory items inspired by popular TV shows, books, films, comics, and more--including Star

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The best of science fiction, manga, and animaguiri meets knit one, purl two as knit siren and part-time roller derby girl Joan of Dark offers up an out-of-this-world assortment of knitting nerdiness inside Knits for Nerds. The patterns for 30 iconic clothing and accessory items inspired by popular TV shows, books, films, comics, and more--including Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Firefly--are presented alongside full-color photographs showcasing completed projects, such as:

* Lieutenant Uhura's sexy Star Trek minidress

* Hobbit feet slippers 

* Firefly-inspired scarf, socks, hat, and jacket

* Tank Girl socks

* Hermione Granger's secret beaded bag

* Manga-inspired leg warmers

* The Big Bang Theory-inspired his and hers sweater-vests

* Lord of the Rings-inspired shrug

In addition to a wardrobe of costume finery, hobbyists will also find instructions for practical projects such as an e-reader cover or a laptop bag crafted of checkered fabric that serves double-duty as a chessboard and carryall, as well as patterns for plush toys inspired by Star Trek, robots, and the comic book Squee! Wear (and knit!) your nerdiness on your sleeve with Knits for Nerds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449407926
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
673,388
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Joan of Dark (a/k/a Toni Carr) is an avid lover of all things knit and crocheted. She has been featured on two DIY Network shows, Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty. She's the author of the book Knockdown Knits (Wiley), and her patterns have been published on KnitPicks.com and in Vampire Knits (Potter Craft). Her sense of style was also profiled in Indianapolis Monthly, Nuvo, and Intake Weekly. With a science fiction writer for a mother, and a father who made sure that her comic book collection was always stocked, she had no choice but to grow up a geek!

joanofdarkknits.blogspot.com

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Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
I belong to a family of nerds, so we really enjoyed all the nerdy ideas in Knits for Nerds! It is split in four sections of knitted suggestions to make any nerd very happy. The first section is “Fantasy” with fun ideas like Dragon Rider gloves and Hobbit Feet Slippers. The “Sci Fi” area has knitted ideas from Star Wars, Star Trek and more, and includes crafts like making your own Tribble, which the author decided to recreate herself when she couldn’t find a toy one on the market! Cute and fluffy! In the “Comics and Manga” chapter, fans can find a cat woman hat or a tiny fascinator top hat, “accented with a veil and feathers”, made popular by the Death in the Sandman comic series. The final section has other nerdy stuff, for example, a knitted e-book reader bag, designed in Gryffindor colors. Or how about an “infinite loop” Mobius scarf for your mathlete friends? For those new to knitting, Knits for Nerds also has an index of the basic knitting techniques, along with photos to help you along!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I actually showed it to friends the other night (we were trying to prove to each other who the biggest nerd is) and all my non knitting friends wants me to make them something from the book! Penny's gloves for my daughter have to be first though. Right after I finish her weighted companion cube sweater. I cant wait to make a browncoat for myself. I have my own version of the Dragon Riders gloves, but may have totry these as well. Thank you for this book, I think I will be working out of it for the next year almost exclusively.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Knits for Nerds 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy by Joan of Dark a.k.a Toni Carr ISBN: 9781449407919 Even though there are categories: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy, if you change the colors to something mild the patterns can be adapted for everyday use. There are some very easy patterns to knit, some are charted. Cute: baby elf hat with horns is adorable and could be used on a daily basis. Hand coverings in different varying lengths and patterns make it so the easy to advanced knitter wouldn't be lost making these. Head coverings and cape/wraps are also a high priority. Great for make believe or a child dressing up or for a Halloween costume. Let your imagination go wild and use the patterns in the book to make a whole new world. Glossary with pictures of how to do some techniques is at the end, very helpful and knowledgeable info there.
Kiaras More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Great patterns. Useful tool in the arsenal of all nerdy knitters out there. And fun, too. Which is really the whole point of the thing, isn’t it? The "hobbit foot" slippers really freak me out, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Also, life's biggest question: Who shot first???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've alread made 4 pair of the Hobbit Slippers for gifts. They made Christmas fun for some his & her Hobbit fans. I've got my moneys worth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if u dont make these yrself, i bet u know someone who would make these for you. Great book to talk about, amazing projects to do for you and your teenager.
fishgirl182 More than 1 year ago
How could I resist a book called Knits For Nerds? I couldn’t really. As a knitter and a lover of many things considered “nerdy,” I was excited to pick this one up. Knits for Nerds is by Joan of Dark (aka Tori Carr) whose last book, Knockdown Knits, was inspired by roller derby. This time she tackles the nerd community with patterns inspired by things considered geeky, including television shows, books, comics and video games. The book consists of 30 patterns divided into the categories of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Comics & Manga, and Other Stuff. The patterns range from easy to intermediate with the Browncoat sweater or lace shrug probably being the most complicated projects. The patterns range from small accessories such as fingerless gloves, hats and scarves to larger items like shawls and sweaters. There are quite a few toys to knit in the book as well as a pair of socks. There is a brief Tips & Techniques section at the back of the book but it’s more of a refresher than a how to knit section. I’d suggest getting a book dedicated to learning to knit if don’t already know how before starting. I had a lot of fun going through this book. The projects are inspired by things near and dear to my heart. The photos were even shot in Neil Gaiman’s house, which made me do a fangirl squee when I read it. My favorite projects were the most wearable ones, such as the Vampire Academy inspired Alchemy Scarf and the Firefly Browncoat Sweater. There’s a really beautiful cable shawl inspired by Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is represented by a pair of really cute, striped arm warmers. There are a pair of vests for men and woman from The Big Bang Theory that look quite cute and wearable. The Space Princess Hat and Cape (seen on the cover) are really cool but are items that I, personally, would not wear and therefore I would not make. I was kind of disappointed in the Dr. Who inspired Time Traveler Scarf. The colors are more pastel than the Dr. Who scarf I am used to and I would not have made the connection if not for the project title. There are also some fun, little projects like a checkerboard and a Gryffindor bag that would make good gifts. While not all of the projects in this book are the most practical (do I want my feet to look like hairy hobbit feet?), it was certainly fun to go through this book and see projects that were inspired by some of my favorite movies, games and comics. For me, this gets a little bit of a lower rating because I can’t see myself, personally, wearing too many of these knits. However, I can see a lot of these projects appealing to others. Fans of cosplay will find lots of cool, inspiring things to make in this book. Filled with a wide variety of patterns, Knits for Nerds is a great gift for the fanboy, fangirl or crafty person in your life.