It’s not often that a book comes along that manages to reach a range of people that spans from young to old in the way that J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter novels managed to. Now, the books that’ve already spawned a successful film series, a theme park, and several clothing collections, is reaching fans in a whole new way with the release of a knitting pattern book called Harry Potter: Knitting Magic ($23.49, Amazon).
Written by Tanis Gray, who spent four years serving as the yarn editor of Vogue Knitting, this book has been out for less than 24 hours, and already, it’s become a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon.
As the first official pattern collection of its kind, we can’t say we blame fans for being excited: More than 25 knits based on Potter and his group of heroic pals are included, from Hogwarts-themed scarves and cardigans to a “Sorting Hat” mobile, which features a hanging knitted snake, lion, raven, and badger.
You’ll also find a Cornish pixie amigurumi toy, a Hermione-approved time-turner pullover, and a pink cat scarf à la Dolores Umbridge (to name a few).
With each pattern, you’ll also find find yarn color suggestions that are true to the films and a skill rating (from 1 to 5) that will clue you into whether the design can be accomplished by a beginner or takes a bit more skill, an intro explaining the pattern, and measurements, gauges, and needle information.
This book isn’t solely for DIY-ers, however. Each one comes complete slew of fan-driven facts, original costume sketches, film stills, and “other behind-the-scenes treasures” hidden inside its 192 pages.
“It’s obvious that Tanis Gray worked with Warner Brothers — this is very much an official, licensed book,” wrote one reviewer. “There are some beautiful and fun surprises here. In addition to [the author’s] designs, multiple other designers contributed their unique patterns.”
We, for one, are dying to make ourselves a yellow and black sweater: Hufflepuff for life!
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