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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 R 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 shrugIn 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.


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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 R 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 shrugIn 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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anastaciaknits

    I acquired a review copy of this book through netgalley.com. This book is due out in a month, & since I consider myself pretty nerdy, it was a definite request! The author of the book also writes a blog which I invite you to check out! A recent nerdy knitty photo she just posted a couple of weeks ago You definitely have to be a geek to appreciate this book. Patterns include: * Lieutenant Uhura’s sexy Star Trek minidress * Hobbit feet slippers * Firefly-inspired scarf, socks, hat, and jacket * Tank I acquired a review copy of this book through netgalley.com. This book is due out in a month, & since I consider myself pretty nerdy, it was a definite request! The author of the book also writes a blog which I invite you to check out! A recent nerdy knitty photo she just posted a couple of weeks ago You definitely have to be a geek to appreciate this book. Patterns include: * 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 But as you can see from the list, there’s really something for any fan! I love the fact that they include a mix of old & new nerddoms, like Star Trek & Harry Potter! There’s a baby elf beanie pattern in here that’s so cute, I want to upsize it for ME! There’s also Dr. Horrible’s gloves (you know, from Joss Whedon’s Dr Horrible’s Singalong Blog). Cool beans

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    This was a Solstice-gift to me from my partner, and it was so much fun! The patterns are fun and original while at the same time giving homage to the original inspiration – everything from comics to TV-shows! I’m so looking forward to trying some of these! And yes, I did actually read through all of them. I’m still working on learning pattern-lingo, and I figured reading through them without having to worry about knitting it right might help me learn!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shala Kerrigan

    This collection of fandom inspired knits is just fantastic. Toni Carr got contributions from other designers and put lots of her own patterns in the book. There is a good range of skill levels as well, so beginners will have patterns they can use, and more advanced knitters will also find some lovely lace items. The patterns are written out clearly with fun photos of finished items. As a long time geek, I was thrilled with the books and movies covered. The Lord of the Rings inspired Toni Carr's pa This collection of fandom inspired knits is just fantastic. Toni Carr got contributions from other designers and put lots of her own patterns in the book. There is a good range of skill levels as well, so beginners will have patterns they can use, and more advanced knitters will also find some lovely lace items. The patterns are written out clearly with fun photos of finished items. As a long time geek, I was thrilled with the books and movies covered. The Lord of the Rings inspired Toni Carr's pair of hobbit slippers and Ashley Fay's Light of Eärendil Shrug, a lacy ethereal shrug patterned with leaves. Neil Gaiman's Death and Mr. Nancy both make an appearance in felted knit hats. A tiny top hat for Death and a bright green fedora for Mr. Nancy. Firefly makes a strong showing with the Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket, cunning socks and a cunning scarf. Star Trek is covered with a Next Generation sweater, an original series mini dress and tribbles. Also covered are Doctor Horrible, Real Genius, The Big Bang Theory, Temeraire, Harry Potter, Wicked Lovely, Star Wars, and Doctor Who in a variety of projects like fingerless gloves, stuffies, sweaters, shawls and bags. For the male geek, there is a unisex Harry Potter inspired book bag, a sweater that looks like a Star Trek- The Next Generation Uniform, a wonderful cabled sweater vest and Mr. Nancy's Hat. The end of the book includes a key to commonly used knitting abbreviations, and an overview of how to knit with photographs. My daughter, who is a proud nerd and fan, and who loves to knit snatched this up as soon as we got it, and took it for 3 hours. She chortled and giggled and got very enthused. Her favorite patterns are the above mentioned green fedora, the cape pictured on the cover, and Aim to Misbehave jacket, which is a lovely longer jacket for Browncoat fans and the Big Bang Theory Raj inspired cabled sweater vest. My favorite projects are the shrug mentioned above, the Super Awesome Fantastic Mega Super Cute Manga Leg Warmers which are flared to look just like illustrated chibi style legs, the colorful Tank Girl socks (I love Tank Girl!), and the adorable, quick to knit, button eyed Creepy Filler Bunny. [I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]

  4. 5 out of 5

    RB

    Not sure how relevant the models are, but the models provided a definitely fun to check out and a must for every sci-fi nut such as myself, and I would go as far as to say some of the models have real life application and not just "Halloween" potential. :) Not sure how relevant the models are, but the models provided a definitely fun to check out and a must for every sci-fi nut such as myself, and I would go as far as to say some of the models have real life application and not just "Halloween" potential. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gordon

    I gotta get this for Ilona, if I do I'll be the king of Christmas. I gotta get this for Ilona, if I do I'll be the king of Christmas.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marie Segares

    (Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing.) Knits for Nerds has a simple concept: if you like to knit and you like to geek out, you will want to make projects inspired by popular sci fi, fantasy, and comic book characters and themes. The book opens with a brief intro from Toni Carr (a.k.a. Joan of Dark), sharing her own childhood introduction to all things geeky. The book is organized into four sections: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics and Manga, (Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing.) Knits for Nerds has a simple concept: if you like to knit and you like to geek out, you will want to make projects inspired by popular sci fi, fantasy, and comic book characters and themes. The book opens with a brief intro from Toni Carr (a.k.a. Joan of Dark), sharing her own childhood introduction to all things geeky. The book is organized into four sections: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics and Manga, and Other Stuff for Nerds. The Fantasy section includes projects inspired by Vampire Academy, Wicked Lovely, the Temeraire series, Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods and Anansi Boys, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. There is also a toddler “elf” hat which looks more like a Viking helmet to me. (I should say that I’ve never been much of a fantasy reader, so it is very possible that elves and Vikings actually look the same.) I wasn’t very familiar with many of the references in this section. The Hobbit Feet slippers look about as humorously gross as I would expect from “real” hobbit feet. The Summer Queen Shawl and the Light of Earendil Shrug are both lovely and would definitely be appreciated by people who aren’t familiar with the inspiration. I was a bit more at home with the Science Fiction section, which includes projects inspired by Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the Star Wars and Star Trek universes, and Dr. Who. Since this is my particular nerd territory, I liked the Space Princess Hats, Padme’s Battle Cape (though I personally could never imagine knitting something that large!), the Next Generation Sweater, Trek Girl Dress, and Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket. In the Comics and Manga section, you will find projects inspired by Tank Girl, the Sandman universe, Filler Bunny, Catwoman, and Mystique. The Mystique project is a convertible outfit – a sweater, shrug, tube top, and halter top – inspired by her shapeshifting ways. The Other Stuff for Nerds section casts the net a bit wider. Inspiration sources include The Big Bang Theory and Real Genius, as well as DNA and Mobius. This section is where you will find the electronic cozies and bags. Overall, there are 5 easy patterns, 22 intermediate patterns, and 6 advanced patterns. In terms of project types, in addition to the convertible Mystique outfit, here is the breakdown: Hats: 5 Scarf/Shawl/Mobius Cowl: 5 Sweaters/Vests/Jacket: 5 Gloves/Mitts: 3 Socks: 2 Bags/electronic cozies: 3 Toys: 3 Cape: 1 Dress: 1 Legwarmers: 1 Shrug: 1 Slippers: 1 Tie: 1 While most projects are for women, there are a handful of designs for men, and a toddler hat. The book features the work of nine designers. 24 of the patterns are designed by Toni Carr (including 2 co-designed with Irene Basey), and the other designers are Linda J. Dunn, Ashley Fay, Laura Hohman, Genevieve Miller, Callie Need, Marilee Norris, and Rilana Riley-Munson. You will also find trivia sprinkled throughout the book, along with some humorous notes in the patterns. At the end of the book, there is a section with abbreviations and brief descriptions of all the techniques used in this book (including the basics like knit and purl). There is an interesting range of patterns in this book, and I think many knitters will find several projects which appeal to them, whether or not they are interested in sci fi/fantasy/comics. Speaking as a nerd, I would reach for a book like this for two reasons: to share during my geeky themed event (just as I used to put Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook on display whenever I had a Star Wars party – and yes, there were a few!) and to use for Halloween or other costume inspiration. The book meets both of these requirements. I could also see these projects coming in handy during Nerd Wars. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars for a self-identified geek or nerd knitter with basic to intermediate skills. If you aren’t excited by fantasy, sci fi, or comic books, I don’t think the book will seem cohesive enough to draw you to it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melankalia

    I cannot even tell you how very disappointed I was in this book. I will admit that I had high expectations, but to have nothing in the book tug at my geeky heartstrings at all? And beyond that, to actually be a bit embarrassed by how bad most of the patterns (and photography!) are? Yeah, "disappointed" is an understatement. Sadly, most of the projects in this book are boring at best. At worst they resemble something a kid from the 70s would wheedle his grandmother into making when she had no rea I cannot even tell you how very disappointed I was in this book. I will admit that I had high expectations, but to have nothing in the book tug at my geeky heartstrings at all? And beyond that, to actually be a bit embarrassed by how bad most of the patterns (and photography!) are? Yeah, "disappointed" is an understatement. Sadly, most of the projects in this book are boring at best. At worst they resemble something a kid from the 70s would wheedle his grandmother into making when she had no real idea who the character in question was. Think I am exaggerating? I have two words for you: Catwoman. Hat. Flip through the book, gaze upon that unfinished monstrosity, and I defy you to find anything redeeming about it. In conclusion, did I mention the disappointment?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aleta

    My favorite is the Cyberman pattern, for sure;)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cat {Wild Night In}

    In the words of Clara (from the Guild): "Did you borrow my crayon set... and my MIND!?" This book was filled with patterns of pure joy! OK there were 2 patterns in there that I wasn't so keen on (the hobbit feet and the cat woman hat) but the rest were awesome. The patterns were inspired by a wide range of fandoms, so there really was something for everyone. The same went for the easiness of the knits. There were patterns in there that beginners could try, and that intermediates could have fun wi In the words of Clara (from the Guild): "Did you borrow my crayon set... and my MIND!?" This book was filled with patterns of pure joy! OK there were 2 patterns in there that I wasn't so keen on (the hobbit feet and the cat woman hat) but the rest were awesome. The patterns were inspired by a wide range of fandoms, so there really was something for everyone. The same went for the easiness of the knits. There were patterns in there that beginners could try, and that intermediates could have fun with. If you're a nerd, you may love this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ligaya

    Such a fun knitting book! Mind you, I won't be picking up my needles nor do I know how clearly or correctly the instructions are written, but I think the author makes the knitting geeks among us very happy with this book. My only wish is that the photos were better styled and photographed. Wrinkly background garments and dim environments diminish the projects the author wishes to showcase. Otherwise, there's lots to inspire in here! Such a fun knitting book! Mind you, I won't be picking up my needles nor do I know how clearly or correctly the instructions are written, but I think the author makes the knitting geeks among us very happy with this book. My only wish is that the photos were better styled and photographed. Wrinkly background garments and dim environments diminish the projects the author wishes to showcase. Otherwise, there's lots to inspire in here!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    wanted to enjoy this more than I did I liked the ideas behind the projects but really I did not like the styles or the end products.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Price

    Good patterns to follow, just not enough variety for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julaine

    Cute but nerdy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    I don’t knit but this was a lot of fun to look at!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Atlantis

    Unique knit patterns based on science fiction, fantasy, and comics. Includes patterns for his/her Big Bang Theory sweater vests, Hobbit feet slippers, and Space Princess Hats.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)

    I just reviewed this on my blog. To view the full review and other reviews, click here Knits for Nerds by Toni Karr This is my first time reviewing a non-fiction book, I've read them before, but I've never reviewed them before. I'm not going to be reviewing non-fiction books much, but I might once in a while. This review is going to be different than my other reviews. This book has many different patterns, from lovely patterns to some ridiculous/silly ones; and from costumes to everyday wear. Ther I just reviewed this on my blog. To view the full review and other reviews, click here Knits for Nerds by Toni Karr This is my first time reviewing a non-fiction book, I've read them before, but I've never reviewed them before. I'm not going to be reviewing non-fiction books much, but I might once in a while. This review is going to be different than my other reviews. This book has many different patterns, from lovely patterns to some ridiculous/silly ones; and from costumes to everyday wear. There is something for everyone in this book. Plus, the author mentions that she (I think it's a she) likes the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, which, as I'm sure you all know, is one of my most favourite novel series ever! That's where she got the inspiration for the first thing (Alchemy Scarf) that she teaches us how to make. It has a few different sections: Section 1= Fantasy, Section 2= Sci-fi, Section 3= Comics and Manga (yay, I love manga!), and Section 4= Other Stuff for Nerds. There are patterns for all knitting levels, from beginners to advanced (which I'm -sadly- obviously not). Patterns are either charted or written out, not both. There is a glossary of terms and a how-to section at the end of the book which covers all techniques necessary to complete the patterns. To be honest, I can’t knit very well. I want to but I just can't, maybe I will in a few years, but right now, not so much, (which means that I haven't tried knitting any of these yet). Yet I still look at knitting books and imagine myself knitting them and then wearing them in public. This one caught my eye because it looked like it would be so much fun to knit (plus it had the word nerd in it, which means that it would most likely be awesome). I'll have to get my mom or someone else to knit some of the stuff in the book for me. Plus, there are many pictures to show you what the item that is being made should look like. Toni Carr is very entertaining and makes me want to practice knitting again (when I was 12 years old, I wanted to learn to knit and I got good at it too, but after I got older, I stopped practicing and now I'm worse than I used to be six years ago. A few other things that I liked about this book are the colours of the layout of the pages, like: the title of the item that is being made is purple with a blue outline, and the column where the materials listed has a blue background in the first section, which is the fantasy related items. I'm obsessed with the colours blue and purple. Overall, I enjoyed and loved this book. The only problem I had with this book was that when I was reading on Aldiko on my phone, it was hard to read most of the words, I think the words would have been easier to read if I downloaded the book to my computer instead. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn to knit some nerdy things, people who love reading and looking at knitting books, people who are looking for ideas of what to wear (costume) to any comic con they're going to, etc.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Take a look at what's out, everyone! Toni Carr's Knits for Nerds was published today, and never, in my life, have I regretted being a crappy knitter before. Until today. The first thing I noticed was from the introduction--all the pictures were taken at NEIL GAIMAN'S HOUSE. I can has? There are only five patterns labeled "Easy" out of the 30+ patterns in the book, three of which are scarves--but really cool scarves. One is an easier version of the classic Dr. Who scarf:--basically this, but skinnier Take a look at what's out, everyone! Toni Carr's Knits for Nerds was published today, and never, in my life, have I regretted being a crappy knitter before. Until today. The first thing I noticed was from the introduction--all the pictures were taken at NEIL GAIMAN'S HOUSE. I can has? There are only five patterns labeled "Easy" out of the 30+ patterns in the book, three of which are scarves--but really cool scarves. One is an easier version of the classic Dr. Who scarf:--basically this, but skinnier (and perhaps a little shorter). Unfortunately for me (but fortunate for all those who are more skilled knitters out there), there are some truly awesome patterns in here. If I'm going through what I desperately want to add a +5 modifier to my knitting skill for, the number one thing is Carr's "Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket." It's gorgeous, and I want it! Based on Firefly's Browncoat pattern, I couldn't help but think that River Tam would have had a Browncoat in this pattern. And as long as I'm on the Firefly themed patterns, the cunning scarf (one of the easy patterns) and the cunning socks might go well with the Jayne hat I crocheted for my brother-in-law a few years ago. Yeah. You know you want one (and knit patterns for the hat can be found all over the internet). Other beautiful things I loved? The "Secret Beaded Bag." Done in purple tweedy yarn and embellished with some really pretty beads, it's inspired by Herminone Granger's Bag of Holding from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The "Light of Earendil" shrug is delicate and beautiful, and way beyond my skill level. It features a leaf pattern and beading, and makes me wish I was the kind of English teacher who could get away with the ethereal kind of clothing (all I can get away with is my tie-dyed skirt). One particular strength of this collection is the number of bags--including a laptop bag which can be spread out to make a chessboard. My enthusiasm for these patterns not withstanding, there are a few bombs, which one would expect. The Princess hats (all based on Star Wars hairstyles) are a bit silly (though I can definitely see how "Padme's Battle Cape" would work for roller girls), and the Catwoman hat is patently ridiculous. And to be honest, I wasn't much of a fan of many of the patterns in the third section of the book that dealt with comics and manga, but that's more of a style thing on my part than a reflection on the patterns. Also, the sci-fi trivia used to fill in blank spaces at the ends of patterns is a bit hokey--if you've bought this book, you know the answers to these questions. There is a fairly good how-to section at the back of the book to assist those novice knitters, like myself. Now if I can just get to where my purling doesn't look like a cat has taken its claws to my yarn..... Overall, there is more good than bad in this book, and the "Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket" is worth the price of admission alone. If you're a geek crafter, this is definitely a book for you. Grade: A- Review originally posted at Bookshelf Love

  18. 5 out of 5

    thuy

    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 Fantas 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. *An e-ARC of this book was provided free of charge by NetGalley.com. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    What a fun book! There's so much nerd/knitter overlap, it just surprises me that it took this long for this book to be written! Knits for Nerds has a wide variety of patterns -- ranging from the ridiculous (Hobbit Feet slippers, complete with hair) to the lovely (the Summer Queen shawl, a pretty, delicate lace number). Some of the patterns are rather costumey (the Princess Leia hair-bun hat comes to mind) but many are quite wearable even for people who aren't into wearing their nerdiness on their What a fun book! There's so much nerd/knitter overlap, it just surprises me that it took this long for this book to be written! Knits for Nerds has a wide variety of patterns -- ranging from the ridiculous (Hobbit Feet slippers, complete with hair) to the lovely (the Summer Queen shawl, a pretty, delicate lace number). Some of the patterns are rather costumey (the Princess Leia hair-bun hat comes to mind) but many are quite wearable even for people who aren't into wearing their nerdiness on their sleeves; in fact, some of the patterns are just good, solid basic patterns, made nerdy only by virtue of the colors used. The inspirations come from all corners of geekdom; not just things you'd expect like Doctor Who and Firefly (both of which have given rise to many a knitting project) but also from Neil Gaiman's books and Tank Girl. There are also several generically geeky patterns: a tie; an e-reader/tablet sleeve; a laptop bag that doubles as a travel chess board. And, of course, there are sweater vest patterns inspired by the Big Bang Theory. All of the yarns used in the book are inexpensive and easy to find (Knitpicks, Lion Brand, Patons, etc.); the only ones that I, personally, cannot find at my local big-box Michaels or AC Moore are Knitpicks, Berrocco, and Cascade 220, which are all certainly easy to come by online or at yarn shops. There are patterns for all knitting levels, from the beginner to the person who enjoys a challenge. Patterns are either charted or written out, not both. There is a glossary of terms and a how-to section at the end of the book which covers all techniques necessary to complete the patterns. My only complaint about the book was that I found the pictures to be very dark and hard to view -- but to be fair, I was viewing a PDF galley on a Nook Color, and have noticed this problem with other knitting books I am currently reviewing. I think it is a problem specific to the galley/e-reader combination; I will compare once I see a printed copy of the book. I would recommend Knits for Nerds to all my nerdy knitter friends -- of which there are many. I look forward to seeing finished projects from the book at this year's New York ComicCon...and who knows, maybe I'll knit and wear one myself! I do love me a good sweater vest... Reviewed galley provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley. Expected publication date February 21, 2012.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    Read for Book Roast's Magical Readathon: NEWTs Exams. Subject: Divination, E Level. (Under 200 pages) This book was published in 2012, and I am not-so-gently poking the creators to make a volume 2. There are so many fandoms not hit with this, and so many new fandoms that need knitter love. We've got a great variety of fandoms in here, from books to TV to movies. We've also got plenty of skill levels, which is nice, since I have the knitting skills of a 4-year old. Actually, there are probably 4-y Read for Book Roast's Magical Readathon: NEWTs Exams. Subject: Divination, E Level. (Under 200 pages) This book was published in 2012, and I am not-so-gently poking the creators to make a volume 2. There are so many fandoms not hit with this, and so many new fandoms that need knitter love. We've got a great variety of fandoms in here, from books to TV to movies. We've also got plenty of skill levels, which is nice, since I have the knitting skills of a 4-year old. Actually, there are probably 4-year olds who can knit socks, so... We get 3 Firefly knits, though because COPYRIGHT, they're just Cunning Socks and Aim to Misbehave Jackets. On top of that, you've got Star Wars patterns, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory. They really do hit a great number of fandoms, and I'm impressed. I am NOT IMPRESSED that we had no Buffy patterns. I mean, CMON. I've seen a knitted Mr Pointy online, there is really no excuse for not at least one. Also, very prescient on that Cat Woman Hat. Just saying.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    I have to admit – I can’t knit. I want to but it’s just not a skill I possess. That doesn’t stop me from looking at knitting books and dreaming. Most books are just variations of the same patterns. This one, however, caught my eye with the possibility of something so outrages that I would just have to learn to knit. I was slightly disappointed in the patterns because they really did come off fairly normal but this book is so fun I didn’t care. It’s the perfect book. Toni Carr is witty and thoroug I have to admit – I can’t knit. I want to but it’s just not a skill I possess. That doesn’t stop me from looking at knitting books and dreaming. Most books are just variations of the same patterns. This one, however, caught my eye with the possibility of something so outrages that I would just have to learn to knit. I was slightly disappointed in the patterns because they really did come off fairly normal but this book is so fun I didn’t care. It’s the perfect book. Toni Carr is witty and thoroughly entertaining. Her patterns tug at the heart of all those who just love science fiction. A good portion of the patterns are typical but have some root in a science fiction character – for example there are patterns for the signature sweater vests from the characters in Big Bang Theory. The patterns run from the beautiful to the silly. There is something for everyone in this book. I just need to find someone to knit for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    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 adv 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Just the cover of this upcoming knitting book had me clamoring to pick it up. What better then to mix star wars and knitting. Luckily Knits for Nerds goes way beyond just Star Wars. The book is divided into sections such as Fantasy, Comics and Magna, and Science Fiction. Here you will find projects like Hobbit Feet Slippers (fake hair included), dragon rider gloves, and my personal favorite the Star Trek: the Next Generation sweater. Patterns Range from easy to hard, and even if you don’t know h Just the cover of this upcoming knitting book had me clamoring to pick it up. What better then to mix star wars and knitting. Luckily Knits for Nerds goes way beyond just Star Wars. The book is divided into sections such as Fantasy, Comics and Magna, and Science Fiction. Here you will find projects like Hobbit Feet Slippers (fake hair included), dragon rider gloves, and my personal favorite the Star Trek: the Next Generation sweater. Patterns Range from easy to hard, and even if you don’t know how to knit, you will want to pick up the book just to browse through. Who knows, maybe we can get all our geeks and nerds together and pass on an age old craft that requires quite a bit of math.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cory

    This is a good idea, but I feel that it suffers somewhat from the limitations of the designs, which are quite simple designs "inspired by" nerdy texts and then highly styled to make them look nerdier. I was particularly disappointed with the Star Trek dress; it looks boxy and sloppy. The addition of cutesy quizzes in the book felt patronising, and a poor imitation of other, stronger craft books such as the Anticraft book. When there are so many amazing "nerdy" projects out there on places like R This is a good idea, but I feel that it suffers somewhat from the limitations of the designs, which are quite simple designs "inspired by" nerdy texts and then highly styled to make them look nerdier. I was particularly disappointed with the Star Trek dress; it looks boxy and sloppy. The addition of cutesy quizzes in the book felt patronising, and a poor imitation of other, stronger craft books such as the Anticraft book. When there are so many amazing "nerdy" projects out there on places like Ravelry, using "nerdy" techniques such as conductive thread, and it was a shame not to see that trend reflected in here. In the end, this is a book with some solid patterns, but nothing extraordinary, and nothing that a sufficiently skilled knitter couldn't work out for themselves.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy, by Joan O Dark, aka Tomi Carr; Andrew McNeel Publishing. What knitter doesn’t get tired of the same old patterns? Carr offers a fun mix of knitwear taken straight from the pages of comics, sci-fi and fantasy literature. Doesn’t everyone know someone who needs a pair of Hobbit Slippers? Knits for Nerds includes a variety of costumes, game boards, and toys. Carr’s well detailed index is complete with photos of knitting techniques Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy, by Joan O Dark, aka Tomi Carr; Andrew McNeel Publishing. What knitter doesn’t get tired of the same old patterns? Carr offers a fun mix of knitwear taken straight from the pages of comics, sci-fi and fantasy literature. Doesn’t everyone know someone who needs a pair of Hobbit Slippers? Knits for Nerds includes a variety of costumes, game boards, and toys. Carr’s well detailed index is complete with photos of knitting techniques and abbreviations showing a variety of techniques blocking and i-cord to instructions detailing how to pick up stitches. Recommended for adventurous knitters.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    I LOVE THIS BOOK. I want to own it. I want to make EVERYTHING in it. It covers a wide range of geekdom and is the PERFECT knitting book for a geek like me. This book also has patterns that can be worn in general company without looking like cosplay (not that I don't love a good cosplay.) For instance, the Aim to Misbehave Jacket would look great when hanging out with people who think Firefly is just a bug. And the Book Wizard bag could be appreciated by any muggle. The patterns range from super I LOVE THIS BOOK. I want to own it. I want to make EVERYTHING in it. It covers a wide range of geekdom and is the PERFECT knitting book for a geek like me. This book also has patterns that can be worn in general company without looking like cosplay (not that I don't love a good cosplay.) For instance, the Aim to Misbehave Jacket would look great when hanging out with people who think Firefly is just a bug. And the Book Wizard bag could be appreciated by any muggle. The patterns range from super easy to incredibly-complicated-I-may-never-be-that-good. But either way, it's amazing! Highly suggest this collection of lovely patterns.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ravwrin

    I will admit that I am a coward with trying to know new items. I feel like I'm only just a beginner that's stuck at the beginner level. But looking at these knits I feel as if I need to try these! This book has a little for everyone and honestly, I really enjoy that. It has wonderful color photos showing examples of the works completely. There are little snippets of the inspirations behind the works as well. There are size varients and suggestions for working the projects which is quite helpful. I will admit that I am a coward with trying to know new items. I feel like I'm only just a beginner that's stuck at the beginner level. But looking at these knits I feel as if I need to try these! This book has a little for everyone and honestly, I really enjoy that. It has wonderful color photos showing examples of the works completely. There are little snippets of the inspirations behind the works as well. There are size varients and suggestions for working the projects which is quite helpful. I'd recommend this book to anyone honestly.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vim

    Via: NetGalley.com I really enjoyed reading this book. Unfortunately I don't know how to knit. So when I meet one who does soon, I'll suggest the designs in this book. :) This book has a variety of nerdy designs that not only can be worn by nerds and fans but also by anyone because a lot of the designs can blend with everyday clothes. Although some designs can only be understood by fans and nerds people can find them interesting to look at and use. Anyways, there are only 30 designs in this book Via: NetGalley.com I really enjoyed reading this book. Unfortunately I don't know how to knit. So when I meet one who does soon, I'll suggest the designs in this book. :) This book has a variety of nerdy designs that not only can be worn by nerds and fans but also by anyone because a lot of the designs can blend with everyday clothes. Although some designs can only be understood by fans and nerds people can find them interesting to look at and use. Anyways, there are only 30 designs in this book but they'll keep you busy until a new one is out. :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    librariantracy

    The title says it all: this book has patterns for all the nerdy knits you would ever want to create. Princess Leia cinnamon roll hair hat? It's in there! Lt. Uhura skimpy knit dress? In there too! Gryffindor book bag? You betcha! With nods to popular scifi series such as Firefly, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Big Bang Theory and more, this book has nerdy knits covered. Beautiful full-color photographs of all projects and wonderfully detailed descriptions will have you well on The title says it all: this book has patterns for all the nerdy knits you would ever want to create. Princess Leia cinnamon roll hair hat? It's in there! Lt. Uhura skimpy knit dress? In there too! Gryffindor book bag? You betcha! With nods to popular scifi series such as Firefly, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Big Bang Theory and more, this book has nerdy knits covered. Beautiful full-color photographs of all projects and wonderfully detailed descriptions will have you well on your way to creating your own wardrobe of nerdy knits in no time!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Knotty

    This is a collection of 30 fun knitting projects. I think I am going to attempt the Hobbitt feet for my father-in-law this Christmas since he loves those movies. I bought this book based on a friend's recommendation, and little did I know he was the photographer for the book! He got to go to Neil Gaiman's house!!! Pretty amazing! A great read for my knitting friends out there who happen to be nerds like me. This is a collection of 30 fun knitting projects. I think I am going to attempt the Hobbitt feet for my father-in-law this Christmas since he loves those movies. I bought this book based on a friend's recommendation, and little did I know he was the photographer for the book! He got to go to Neil Gaiman's house!!! Pretty amazing! A great read for my knitting friends out there who happen to be nerds like me.

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