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.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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