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Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller

Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller is a collection of knitting patterns from a diehard Twilight series fan, who was so inspired that she created a collection of patters for other fans of the series and vampires in general.  However, some of these patterns could just be knitted and worn by everyday, non-vampire fans and fans of werewolves/shapeshifters too.  The book’s font and design seem very appropriate for the vampire inspired knitting in these pages, which are broken down into sections:  Protect Me; Just Bitten; Vampire Style; Bloody Accents; and Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

There is a glossary of knitting abbreviations, which could help beginning knitters and a metric conversion chart.  The book also includes credits for contributing designers and a special skills section outlining what cables, stranded knitting, short rows, 3-needle bind off, and other stitches are.  For someone that doesn’t knit, this book is just pretty to look at, and if you have a friend who knits, this might be a perfect gift for them, especially if they knit you things for birthdays and holidays.  Each pattern offers step by step directions and designate the proper skill level for each pattern from beginner to expert.  There are scarfs, sweaters, hats, bottle cozies, purses, and even jewelery.

Looking through this book, readers could easily see Alice, Edward, and Bella wearing some of these designs, but there are others that would be perfect for the Goth crowd, like this Prim Reaper’s Corset.  Some of my particular favorite designs in the book are The Black Veil Scarf, Vampire Diary Protector (which you could use for books too), and Sitio Stockings.  The Tourniquet Scarf looks like something men would wear, and there are sweaters for kids with vampire teeth.

Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller is an excellent book for knitters looking for something a little different, and some of the patterns and stitches look lovely and fashionable — this is not your grandmother’s knitting.  If I could knit — which I can’t at all — I’d try out some of these patterns in a heartbeat.  I’ll definitely be passing this one along to a knitter, and maybe I can get a nice Black Veil Scarf out of the deal?!

About the Author:

Genevieve Miller was inspired to design her own patterns after reading Twilight. She is the mother of three and luckily married to a guy who doesn’t mind the house being taken over by a giant yarn stash. She lives in Pasadena, California.

 

This is my 4th book for the 2012 New Authors Challenge.

  • I looked through this book at BAMM one day and thought it looked interesting. Some of them really reminded me of Twilight, whereas others made me think of other popular vampire series. Those were surprises, since I thought everything would be strictly Twilight.

  • I’m definitely going to be checking this one out. What a cute idea!

    • I thought it was cute and looked like fun.

  • This is when I wish so badly that I could knit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Same here. I would love to knit some of these but despite many sessions with Anna, I fail!

  • What an awesome book. I’d love to take a look through this one. I love to knit and crochet although Sam likes to chew on my needles so I have t be more careful these days. Lol.

    • I can totally picture Sammy eating those needles.

  • What a fun book. Love the Prim Reaper’s Corset!

    • It definitely looks like fun if you knit.

  • I had no idea that’s a knitting book. How unusual!

    • I thought it was an interesting premise. I liked it for the most part, but unfortunately, I’m not the target audience for this one.

  • If you really want me to knit you that scarf, just let me know. I know you’re not too keen on blocking it every time you wash it, but such is the way of lace.

    I can’t see me wearing any of the patterns, but it is a very visually appealing book. Great review, especially for a non-knitter! 😉

    • I really liked the patterns and the instructions seemed clear for someone who doesn’t knit…LOL And there is a great glossary on special skills and metric conversions — though I have no idea why I would need metric conversions…lol