and i bought it.
Even though it was inspired by the archenemy of the Potter-loving world, i gave in, and i bought it.
I had been eyeing this book for some time, occasionally with loathing, occasionally with some sick sort of admiration for someone with balls or head enough to actually write and publish a knitting book inspired by Twilight. Now, let’s get this straight. I have read the entire twilight series. At first, when i was thirteen, i thought that it was a great book, and as the series unfolded before me, i still read on with the fervor that Harry Potter had instilled within me. However, looking back, the Twilight series was neither horrible nor fantastic. The plot is okay, i believe that Stephenie Meyer is afraid of killing her characters, vampires do NOT shine like diamonds in the sunlight, and Romeo and Juliet is not quite the story that you want a four-book saga to be based upon, especially when “love conquers all” is going to be a prevalent theme.
This pattern book is split into chapters by theme, including “Protect me!!”, “Just Bitten”, and “Bloody Accents”. The patterns themselves have matchingly and fittingly corny titles, and some of the patterns (like fishnet gauntlets and blood-type bottle cozies) scream “I’M THIRTEEN AND I WILL FIND MY EDWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
But. But. But. This book is chock full of fun knitting patterns, that, despite their obviously Twilight-generated titles, do have some good knitting power.
For example, the Lore hoodie, which is the pattern featured on the cover.
the Lore hoodie
This hoodie is knitted up in bulky/super bulky weight yarn and has clear instructions regarding skill level, pretty decent and easily modified sizing, and walks the knitter through the pattern in parts, calling for the person to first CO for the sleeves, then the skirt, then continue in stockinette with shaping for the bust, pick up stitches for the hood, sew the hood down (where?) and then knit and sew the “front band”. (The pattern probably makes more sense while it’s being knit. I’m not great with reading patterns without some yarn in my hands, lol.)
This hoodie is beautiful and has garnered some great results on Ravelry, knit in a variety of weights and brands of yarn. This hoodie can easily be modified to fit a person, the yarn that they’re using, or the season. The lace pattern is even easy to modify, and is given to the reader in both written instructions and a chart, which is fracking awesome.
While i was initially turned off by the book’s Twilight affiliation, after a peek inside the book (and a few hours of drooling over patterns on Ravelry) i decided i just had to have it. Some of the patterns are really a turn-off, like the “Rampage Fishnet Gloves” and the “Got Blood? pillow” (amongst many other pillows, ugh knitted square pillows are the death of me), but most of the patterns are really pretty and i’m glad to have them in my possession. This book has scarves, stockings, and even a knitted CORSET that are really beautiful and i can see myself knitting them in the future.
the Prim Reaper's corset
If you would like to check out this book, it’s available for stalking on Ravelry, and i do recommend checking out some of the patterns.