Experience the world of magical knitting with “The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits”

“Dobby is making them himself, sir!” the elf said happily. “He is buying the wool out of his wages, sir!” The left sock was bright red and had a pattern of broomsticks upon it; the right sock was green with a pattern of Snitches.”  — Dobby, Goblet of Fire (2000)

Did you know that Harry Potter, along with his creator, J.K. Rowling, celebrated his birthday this past July?

Courtesy of Interweave/F+W Media - $14.99

Courtesy of Interweave/F&W Media $14.99

Knitting Daily is celebrating this momentous event by bringing knitters over thirty magical projects in their special 2013 issue, The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits.

Since the beginning of Harry Potter, knitters have created designs honoring many of the characters in the much beloved series.  From, hats to scarves, socks to sweaters, we have been able to transport ourselves into a magical realm of make-believe with handmade goodness near and dear to our crafty hearts.   The books thrilled us but the movies truly inspired us to show our true creativity by coming up with even more hand-knitted goodness, all paying tribute to this series and the characters therein.

Knitting Daily is helping knitters continue their magical journey with Harry Potter by offering a 144 page magazine containing a wealth of creative and imaginative designs for knitters of all levels.

Begin your journey into the world of wizardry with interviews with Harry Potter film costume designer Jany Temime and knitwear designer (sing/songwriter) Stephanie Dosen a.k.a. Tiny Owl Knits.

This magazine is ingeniously broken down by magical subject matter as follows (photos and links for details of each design can be found on the Knitting Daily Blog) :

The History of Magic

Dragon’s Egg Socks -Courtesy of Interweave

  • House Scarves
  • Sorcerer’s Sweater
  • Dragon’s Egg Socks
  • Heliopath Vest
  • Tracery Vest

Care of Magical Creatures

  • Dumbledore’s Smoking Hat
  • Dumbledore’s Warm Socks
  • Herbology Socks
  • Pomona Mitts
  • Hagrid’s Sweater
  • Forbidden Forest Scarf
  • Juicy Fly.

Transfiguaration

The Grey Lady’s Cloak – Courtesy of Interweave

  • The Gray Lady’s Cloak
  • Albanian Forest Mitts
  • Fred & George Socks
  • E.L.F. Cap
  • Ignotus Peverell’s Clock
  • Mermaid’s Song.

Charms

  • Ginny’s Cardigan (featured on the cover)
  • Sword of Gryffindor Mitts
  • Mudblood Cardigan
  • Hermoine’s Time-Turner Mitts,
  • Yule Ball Engageantes
  • Bluebell Flames
  • O.W.L. Mittens

Defense Against the Dark Arts

Order of the Phoenix WInged Vest – Courtesy of Interweave

  • Order of the Phoenix Winged Vest
  • Serverus Pullover
  • Tonk’s Togs
  • Narcissa Socks
  • Malfoy Manor Wrapper
  • Lestrange Cloak

Knitters will be delighted with lace, color-work and cables, detailed step-by-step written instructions, charts where needed, wonderfully photographed pictures of the finished projects and featured articles.  Designers included in this issue are Catherine Salter Bayer, Elizabeth Cherry, Mari Chiba, Rachel Coopey, Tian Connaughton, Jennifer Dassau, Moira Engel, Corrina Ferguson, Kim Haesemeyer, Bethany Hick,Susanna I.C., Joanna Johnson, Kyle Kunnecke Laura Lynch, Josie Mercier, Kendra Nitta, Anne Podlesak, Hannah Poon, Kathleen Sperling, Square, Sherri Sulkowski, Emma Welford and Celeste Young.

I really love all the designs included in this magazine but a few have really captured my attention.  The first is Ginny’s Cardigan designed by Mari Chiba that is featured on the cover.  I have fallen head over heels in love with the lace panel down the back of this design and have already started searching for just the right yarn.  The second is the Herbology Socks designed by Rachel Coopey. I really like the use of twisted stitches and lace, and found that I have the perfect yarn in my stash for a pair!  Now if I could just have a pair of magical knitting needles like Mrs. Weasley, think of the knitting possibilities!

“I’m a really slow knitter without magic.”– Hermione Granger, Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling (2003)

This special issue is truly a collector’s item and a must have for any Harry Potter fan.  You can purchase your copy at many of your local yarn shops, Barnes and Nobles, or online at Interweave.

From Interweave:  Due to copyright restrictions, this magazine is only available in the United States. Note that this magazine is unofficial and unauthorized. It is not authorized, approved, licensed, or endorsed by J.K. Rowling, her publishers, or Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

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I am very excited to announce that the publishers at Interweave/F&W Media have provided two brand new copies of The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits to two lucky blog readers.

Rules:

Simply leave a comment telling me who your favorite Harry Potter character is and what project you plan to knit first from this collectors magazine.  If you have Ravelry ID or Twitter ID, be sure to include that along with your comment.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on Saturday, September 14th at 6:00 pm Pacific Time with the winners being announced on Sunday, September 15th.

Disclaimer: I have been provided a review copy of this magazine from the publishers of Interweave, F &W Media.  The comments and opinions are my own.

This Giveaway Opportunity is Now Closed ~ Thank you :)

14 thoughts on “Experience the world of magical knitting with “The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits”

  1. Sheila

    I think my favorite character is Hagrid – I always loved the image of him and his baby dragon. My first project would have to be the Dragon’s egg socks.

    SheilaOKeefe on Rav

  2. Paula

    I love Hermione. Even though she can be a bit annoying, she has a way of saving the day. I had a chance to look through this magazine, and it’s a gem! I’m with you on the cover sweater – it’s beautiful. loneknitter on Rav.

  3. Beth J

    I too am a fan of Hagrid the scarry looking hairy guy with the Teddy bear personality. I think my first project would be the dragon egg socks.

  4. Erica Saint

    Ron is my favorite character, but I love Harry, Hermione, Neville, and Luna, too! And Dumbledore, Snape, and Hagrid. :)
    The back of Ginny’s cardigan is lovely! I think I would knit that first.
    I am boysbooksballsmom at ravelry.

  5. ottomomma

    Ooooo, what fun! My son (9) is immersed in all things Harry Potter, and we’re on our second time through reading the series. :-) My favorite character is Prifessor McGonagall, although I confess to a creepy fondness for the mad Beatrix LeStrange. These patterns are charming — I think the one I’m most drawn to is the grey hooded cloak.

  6. Moby Knit

    My favorite character is Hermione. I love her personality. She gets stuff done! As for the first patten I would make, I definitely have my eye on Tonk’s Togs. I especially love the tunic piece with all its texture.

    I’m vernalequinox on Ravelry.

  7. Rhea

    It’s hard to choose a favorite character but I think I like Hermione the best. I think it would be really fun to do the Order of the Phoenix Winged Vest. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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