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Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter [Paperback]

Alison Hansel
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4 May 2007
Sit and Knit a Spell

You′ll soon be knitting enchanting things you didn′t know were within your powers. Charmed Knits offers dozens of patterns for items that evoke the mystique of Harry Potter – a Wizard Robe, an Invisibility Shawl, a Quidditch Sweater, Ron′s Ragg Raglan, a Clock Blanket, Harry Christmas Ornaments, and more. Easy–to–follow patterns, color photos of the finished projects, and illustrations of special stitch patterns and design elements make it easy for all knitters – from beginners to those at Mrs. Weasley′s level – to work knitting magic. Charmed Knits whisks you away on a wonderful journey. Along the way, you can pick patterns inspired by the Weasleys, stock up at Diagon Alley, show your house colors, conjure up gifts, or create pieces to help you feel at home in the magical world of Harry Potter.



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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (4 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470067314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470067314
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 20.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“There is a section on knitting techniques and abbreviations included that will explain all to novice knitters…" (Knit Today, October 2007)

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Sit and Knit a Spell

You′ll soon be knitting enchanting things you didn′t know were within your powers. Charmed Knits offers dozens of patterns for items that evoke the mystique of Harry Potter?—a Wizard Robe, an Invisibility Shawl, a Quidditch Sweater, Ron′s Ragg Raglan, a Clock Blanket, Harry Christmas Ornaments, and more. Easy–to–follow patterns, color photos of the finished projects, and illustrations of special stitch patterns and design elements make it easy for all knitters—from beginners to those at Mrs.Weasley′s level—to work knitting magic. Charmed Knits whisks you away on a wonderful journey. Along the way, you can pick patterns inspired by the Weasleys, stock up at Diagon Alley, show your house colors, conjure up gifts, or create pieces to help you feel at home in the magical world of Harry Potter.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for HP fans 6 Jan 2008
By wicce_k VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I love Harry Potter and throught the books knitting has a very active role so its wonderful how Hansel has created a book for fans of HP to knit such wonderful designs and make everyday magical!

The patterns have various degrees of difficulty which are highlighted as first year, OWL or NEWT, and lots of things to knit in your house colours.
There are patterns for jumpers, scarfs, socks, as well as the invincibility cloak (a shawl), owls and even wand cosies!

As a bit of a sock knitter I loved the patterns for quidditch and house socks as well as dobbies sock, harry's sock and socks with broomsticks and snitches!

Its a wonderful book with lots of humour and delight, as well as patterns that are easy to understand :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 12 Jan 2011
By Enkeli
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Looking through the pages Amazon provides as a taster sealed the deal for me with this book. The patterns come in three difficulty levels but what I feel would be the most popular patterns (scarves, jumpers etc) can be easily knitted by someone relatively new to the hobby.

The presentation format is very clear and the photos very professional, showing a fair amount of detail. The author provides a list of wools that would be suitable for the different house colours but they can be easily replaced with a preferred brand.

The instructions are easy to follow and I think it would be difficult to get confused by them. The information at the back of the book is clear enough for me (as an English knitter) to "translate" the American terminology into English without difficulty and I fully intend to make as many of the garments included in the book as possible. I think most of my loved ones will be getting something from this book come Christmas!

If you are debating whether to buy this book or not, I would go for it. In my opinion it is well worth the money!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 6 April 2011
Format:Paperback
A goood, well thought out book that will keep you busy for ages!
There is a large selection of patterns from some well known classics such as the house scarf and the weasly jumper, to more inspired creations such as the beautiful lacework invisibility cloak.

I have tried my hands at a couple of patterns and they seem to work ok, however wool recomendations are out of date and as it is an american book some of the instructions would be slightly differant in England, easy enough to figure out though and one handy feature is telling you the exact length of wool needed for the project, so you dont have to buy more or less wool than needed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book bit confusing for a UK user 13 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Lovely book really impressed with the patterns, most of which are as similar to the items in the films as you could get. The photography of the garments and the layout of the book is also good and I love the skill levels given for each item. As a UK reader I have found the types of wool referred to and the US terms confusing but think I've got things worked out now. A must for a Harry Potter fan who likes to knit. I think over time I will do most of the patterns, the baby hats are just tooooo cute and I love the Weasley sweater and the various hats and socks. I'm not keen on Mrs Weasley's coat which is the only item that I wouldn't make. I can appreciate the pattern and work that would go into it but its a lot of work for something that I can't see be worn and its the only pattern that isn't a good match to the clothing in the films. All in all though a great book and well worth the money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any fan of Hary Potter 3 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for any one beginning knitting, as its got a good mixture of easy, medium, and hard patterns. All patterns have easy to follow instructions.
It will also keep you in good favour with any Harry Potter fan in your life, whether its a child or you.
A word of warning about the house scarfs the large size are film acurate length.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good. 22 Aug 2011
By jenny
Format:Paperback
i found this book very good as a starter book as i am just learning to knit and i love harry potter!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting ! 31 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
My little boy, an avid Harry Potter fan was literally jumping up and down with excitement when I recieved this book."Mammy, Mammy knit this one, knit that one " was all I heard for days. We eventually settled on the first item in the book "The Weasley Sweater" as the starting point . A very simple but effective sweater, suitable for beginners with an intarsia "H" knitted on the front, an excellant introduction to this technique. The instructions and tension gauging were spot on, and the sweater was an immediate success.
So the book continues, page after page of fun Harry Potter themed garments based on the magical world of Hogwarts. Some subtle, that could be worn by anyone, for instance, the "House Sweater" is a basically an elegant classic garment in 4ply, and offered in 8 sizes. Then there are Wizzard Caps, Wand Covers, and Robes aplenty, to satisfy the imaginations of your little Witches and Warlocks.
However, The most spectacular item , has to be the combined technique, knitting and crochet "Molly's Amazing Technicolour Housecoat" I made mine in slightly subtler shades than the one presented, but it has worked out Spellbinding, all the same.
all in all, along with a cauldron of socks, hats, scarves,and bags, this magic little book will provide you with knitting spells for year to come.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed with the designs
The product arrived on time and in good condition.

I was excited to see the designs inspired by harry potter, when I opened the book my heart sank and I realised that I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by georgia grace Crawley
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing pages!!
Looked good initially only to discover when having good look through it that three pages have been ripped out so three of the patterns are incomplete! Very annoying!
Published 8 months ago by wendy reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Knitting patterns
My grandson is a great Harry Potter fan and absolutely had to have jumper scarf etc . I was pleased with the book and was soon busy knitting for him and his older brother,
Published 8 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Woolderful! (See what I did there?)
Great for a any knitting Harry Potter fan, or for one who knows someone who knits. With help from this book you can knit your own Gryffindor scarf or Ravenclaw socks! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ema Goldner
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept the wife happy
Both my grandson and his father wanted pulovers with letters on the front, just like Harry Potter and after much hunting my wife spotted this book on Amazon. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Mesmer6264
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected
Bought the book to knit hogwarts jumpers. But it's American and uses american yarns and knitting abbreviations. It's gone to the charity shop!!!!
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by Ms. C. L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
When I bought this book as a Christmas present for my sister, I was expecting it to be a kind of novelty book with simple patterns in, as my sister has only just started learning... Read more
Published on 7 May 2011 by Anonymous
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