Knitting has brought me a lot of peace and relaxation over the past year, and even when I’ve been too sore with fibro to knit, I’ve enjoyed adding to my ever expanding pattern collection.
One of my favorite things is to combine interests, which for me, often means knitting and nerdery (or fandom patterns). In this post I’m going to share some of my favorite fandom related knitting patterns. Please share yours in the comments as well!
My favorite pattern-book purchase of this year is Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book by Tanis Gray ( A | BN ). This book works so well for me because it’s got patterns that scream “I am Star Wars!” and others that are so subtle, most people would never pick up on it.
For example, this Millennium Falcon cowl (which my husband has asked for for Christmas) is very obviously a Star Wars thing.
This tie-fighter winter set is more subtle, though, and the pattern is definitely cute.
In terms of bang for your buck, this book had the most patterns I would use out of any other I bought last year into this one.
I knit a lot of socks, and one of my favorite pattern books is Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits by Allison Sarnoff and Heatherly Walker ( A ). This book is heavy with sock patterns (although there are some other accessories) and each pattern is themed from a comic book, sci-fi or fantasy franchise.
These are the Red Rain socks I made for SB Sarah:
Also these Vibranium socks are the bees knees:
If superheroes are your thing, check out this Wonder Woman shawl by Carissa Knits. There is also a crochet version, although unfortunately both are only on Ravelry.
Speaking of crochet, a few years ago my aunt crocheted my husband the enormous scarf from Doctor Who. The story goes that production gave the woman assigned to knit his scarf a bunch of yarn, she thought she was supposed to use all of it, and made a truly long scarf.
My husband is 6’4″ though, so he loves this scarf to death. It’s long enough to wrap around himself a few times in the winter.
There are many versions of this pattern online (here’s one from the 80’s) and it’s a great beginner project because you’re either knitting every row or doing a single crochet stitch. Here’s a basic recipe. Just follow the pattern for the designated number of inches for each color, whether knitting or crocheting.
Another great, basic pattern is The Doctor’s Wife, a simple bottom up sweater.
And finally we have Outlander, a series that featured many gorgeous knits in its production. Might I shamelessly direct you to my free cowl pattern?
There’s also Outlander Knitting: The Official Book of 20 Knits Inspired by the Hit Series by Kate Atherley ( A | BN | K ). I found this book to more miss than hit with me, just in terms of the patterns I liked, but it does have Claire’s basic garter stitch shawl in it.
What about you? What are your favorite fandom related patterns?