I love to read and I love to knit, so of course I'm a huge fan of knitting patterns that take their inspiration from books and their film adaptations. Over the years I've developed a small collection of literary-themed knitting pattern books and and magazines, so I thought I'd share my finds for other nerdy knitters:
Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison HanselIn the process of researching this post I discovered that this pattern book, released in 2007, is now out of print. That surprises me, since I can't imagine any crafty Harry Potter fan who wouldn't want to add this book to their collection. I've read many anecdotes online from fans who learned to knit specifically to recreate some of the items described in the books or seen in the movies, like the striped scarves worn by Hogwarts students or the monogrammed sweaters Mrs. Weasley makes for her family and Harry each Christmas. This book offers simple instructions for these items and more, and conjures up entirely new knits inspired by J. K. Rowling's wizarding world. If you or someone in your life is a Harry Potter fan who likes to knit or wants to learn how, I highly recommend seeking out a copy of Charmed Knits.
Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn by Genevieve Miller
Jane Austen Knits by Interweave Press
Interweave Press has released several special issues of Jane Austen Knits in digital magazine format. I have the Summer 2012 edition, and I just love the delicate, lace-y designs inspired by English Regency styles. The patterns are mostly advanced-level, and often use charts for the lace designs, but some of the projects are easy enough for beginner and intermediate knitters like the lace shawl I made last year. There are six Jane Austen Knits collections to choose from, including a "best-of" compilation, but I particularly recommend the Summer 2012 installment since patterns for lightweight knits for spring and summer can be difficult to find.