I enjoy watching movies after they come out on DVD. I can then view them at my leisure while I sit in a comfortable chair and knit. It so happens that many movies give me ideas for great knitting projects. My fellow knitters and I are happy to share our patterns with one another on sites such as Ravelry and on our own blogs. Here are some patterns I’ve found that were inspired by movies I’ve enjoyed.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The dwarves in The Hobbit wear many layers of clothing. This is probably because they have been homeless wanderers since the dragon Smaug took over their mountain fortress of Erebor. As Thorin Oakenshield’s company travels to take back their homeland, they do so in a motley mess of hats, scarves, mitts, and armour. Two fun projects that look movie-worthy are Bofur’s Scarf , which is simple to knit and practical for long journeys or a trip to the store, and Dwarven Mitts. The mitts are worked in a wonderful textured stitch that would also look good in a hat or scarf.
Gimli, son of Gloin (Gloin was part of Thorin’s company in The Hobbit) is a scrappy fighter with a heart of gold. Knit a Gimli-Inspired Helmet just for fun.
I created the pattern for the Mithril Lace Collar because I wanted to try Vanna’s Glamour yarn on a small lace project. This cowl collar is like knitted jewelry and was inspired by the precious metal mined by the dwarves of Moria–light as a feather and tough as dragon’s hide.
Cinna the stylist lives on in the wonderful clothes Katniss wears in the second movie of the Hunger Games series. Paton’s has created a District 12 Sweater that is made in lighter yarn than the movie original, but still looks stunning. It is made in modules and shaped to hug the body.
Many versions of the cowl Katniss wears hunting in the opening scenes of the movie have been done by knitters and crocheters. One excellent pattern for a Katniss Cowl is offered by Engineered Creations.
I created a scarf I call the Capitol Scarf because it is made of a mix of outrageous and gaudy yarns–just like the outfits worn by frivolous Capitol citizens.
Rogue is probably the most fashionable character in the old X-Men movies. Rogue’s Skinny Scarf from the first movie would look great as an indoor or outdoor accessory.
Here are two patterns I found for fans of Les Mis to knit:
A quick and easy Cockade http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/les-mis-style-cockade-or-rosette-for-cosette will show your loyalty to the revolutionary cause.
Pauper’s Gloves look just like those worn by the landlord’s wife. They have no fingers, so they are easy to knit. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/madame-thenardiers-pauper-gloves
I hope next time you sit down to watch a good movie you will have needles and yarn with you. With so many patterns available, why not knit while you sit?