I’ve done some nerdy patterns and I have the immense pleasure of working with Three Irish Girls and Wild Hare Fiber Studio to create new custom nerdy colors for StevenBe. But when it comes to geeky knitting, Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr) is the queen. Her first book of nerd knits, aptly titled Knits for Nerds, was a fantastic book with some super fun patterns and exciting possibilities. I still intend to knit her Aim to Misbehave Jacket, a very pretty brown coat for Browncoats. Her latest, Geek Knits, came out in June 2015 and I’ve been geeking out over it ever since.
There are some really fun patterns in here–and very wearable as well. The Bad Robot Fingerless Gloves have an awesome Dalek design while having a very functional wrist and hand length. The Blue Box Scarf is a subtle call-out to the TARDIS while being the perfect picky dude scarf. In chunky squishy garter stitch, the Broken Blade Hooded Sweater looks super comfortable and who doesn’t love a hood? The zombie charts on The Running Dead Hat are hilarious and the band of the hat has a pocket. Pockets are my absolute favorite and if I could, I would add them to everything. Toni Carr and her cadre of geeky designers have done an incredible job curating this collection of ways to rep your fandom.
The great patterns aren’t the only fun thing about this book. Just from the cover, you’ll probably notice at least two familiar faces (or one familiar face and one familiar gumball machine). Carr leveraged some connections who leveraged some connections and they made magic happen in the pages of this book. What better way to display these nerdy knits than to have them modeled by icons of the geek community? I’m not sure if I want to knit the Dragon Rider Shrug because I love cables or because I love Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse). Other recognizable faces in the book include Joel Hodgson and the MST3K bots; authors Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, and George R.R. Martin; Mythbuster Adam Savage; and musical duo Paul & Storm. It makes me very happy that these people have at least enough respect for knitting to have modeled for Geek Knits.
To wrap up today’s review of Geek Knits, I’m going to do a giveaway! Comment on this post and tell me about your favorite nerdy project then share a link to my blog on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter all count) and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Knits for Nerds, plus a DrawFour Nerdy Knitters Bundle including a pattern, a project bag, and a skein of Nerd Alert yarn from StevenBe. I can guarantee better odds than the Powerball! Share and comment by 11:59pm central on 1/18 and I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner.