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kntis for nerdsIn celebration of the upcoming release of The Hobbit in theaters (it opens next Friday, Dec. 14), Andrews McMeel Publishing was kind enough to send me a copy of Knits for Nerds by Joan of Dark, aka Toni Carr, to give away to one of you geeky crafters.

hobbit feet knits for nerds

The book offers 30 patterns inspired by the realms of science fiction, fantasy and comic books. Here you will find a cunning scarf and socks to go with Jayne’s cunning hat from the Firefly series (there’s a browncoat, too!); a Princess Leia hat; a felted green hat and yellow gloves inspired by Mr. Nancy, found in Neil Gaiman’s books; Tank Girl socks; a Cat Woman hat; and fun accessories like a laptop bag that flattens into a chess board, just to name a few.

How does this tie intoThe Hobbit? Well, there also happens to be a pattern for hobbit feet, also known as bulky knit socks with brown novelty yarn “fringe” added to the tops to mimic hairy hobbit feet. It’s a little gross, frankly, and a little awesome, too.

Want to get your geeky mitts on this book? Leave me a comment about your favorite geeky craft — one you’ve made or one you’d love to make. I have always wanted to make a Doctor Who scarf, but I think 20 feet of garter stitch might just do me in (there’s a simplified version of that in the book, too).

This giveaway is open through the end of the day next Tuesday, Dec. 11., after which time a winner will be picked at random.

Thanks for participating and good luck!

By Sarah White

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58 Comments so far

  1. Cortney on December 5, 2012 12:55 pm

    I’ve got a pattern for a crochet d20 in my to-do pile.

  2. Gloria Ward on December 5, 2012 1:02 pm

    Long time geek here. Anything having to do with the LOTR or the Hobbit would be yarn worthy of making and would love to have that Adventure!

  3. Emily on December 5, 2012 1:37 pm

    Last year for Christmas I knit some friends I heart Edward and I heart Jacob fingerless gloves. I love nerd inspired knits!!!

  4. Sheila on December 5, 2012 1:37 pm

    Well, I play in the Ravelry Nerd Wars on Team UU (Unseen University, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels), so nerdy knitting is right up my alley. One thing I’ve always wanted to make is a toy Dalek (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/extermiknit)

  5. Ruth miller on December 5, 2012 1:40 pm

    That looks like fun!
    My so far easy geek craft is glass magnets with comics on the back side . Use those flat glass stones from the dollar tree add favorite clip add magnet.. Thus geek craft! Hahahaha

  6. Julia K on December 5, 2012 1:42 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make Hobbit feet!

  7. katy on December 5, 2012 1:44 pm

    Hehe my BF wants me to make the Dr Who scarf too! But I love the crochet Yoda hats myself :)

  8. mariah on December 5, 2012 1:45 pm

    I want to knit a cyberman hat for my hubby ?

  9. Tiffany on December 5, 2012 1:48 pm

    The geekiest I’ve ever made were small Han and Leia dolls as a wedding gift for my cousin. I want to make so little hobbits for myself!

  10. Boo on December 5, 2012 1:52 pm

    Well, I have a ginormous afghan I made while watching every episode of Doctor Who (again). I think that counts as nerdy! And I would love this book! Thanks for the opportunity *fingers crossed*

  11. S.D. Ruttan on December 5, 2012 1:56 pm

    I’m currently working on a pair of monster feet booties for my niece. Alas, every time I make progress, she grows! I may have to resort to something for a part that won’t grow as quickly, like a hat. A dragon hat. Hmm.

  12. Laura on December 5, 2012 2:11 pm

    I had a friend who did make the Dr Who piano scarf. Could not wear it anywhere without getting stopped and asked about it.

    Geekiest crafts I have made would be using duct tape.

    I do like hobbits. should make a few of those for around the house and garden.

  13. MommaE on December 5, 2012 2:42 pm

    My favorite geeky crafts are usually for my boys or with my boys! We’ve made paper box style characters and lego ornaments lately!

  14. Lisa Klutman on December 5, 2012 2:53 pm

    I want to knit superhero socks

  15. Claire C on December 5, 2012 3:16 pm

    I have always wondered how to make Hobbit Feet, it’s one of those things that niggles at you. So if I win this prize it will put my mind at rest!!

  16. Fiona on December 5, 2012 3:48 pm

    I made my husband the Jayne Hat from Firefly as one of my first adventures in hat knitting last year. Every time he wears it, I here jealous comments from his friends. One of my friends and I are planning on making the Dr. Who scarf. I want to make it in feminine colors.

  17. Jen B on December 5, 2012 4:46 pm

    I made my sister a Tardis hat last year!

  18. Stephanie E on December 5, 2012 5:05 pm

    Where to start? Probably a companion cube or any thing even related to Neil Gaiman. This would be so great for inspiration to knit.

  19. Andy on December 5, 2012 5:18 pm

    I do alot of geeky stuff, mainly jewelry from electronic parts! I’ve also done 8 bit cross-stitching of famous retro video game characters and a crochet sackboy (from Little Big Planet)… Would love to add geekiness to my knitting as well! :P

  20. Lorrie Kessler on December 5, 2012 5:50 pm

    To date my favorite nerd project was a felted Yoda baby hat and a Yoda bottle covet for the baby of friends who are HUGE Star Wars fans. Fun to make and fun to see their reaction!

  21. Stephanie Craig on December 5, 2012 6:03 pm

    How about a bag with emoticons on it? I think that’s my geekiest.

  22. Cassandra on December 5, 2012 8:29 pm

    I have been crocheting amigurumi for years and the one on my ‘next list’ is Yoda with a removable cloak (plus he’s only about 4 inches tall – too cute). I am also always on the lookout for the perfect color yarn for my Hufflepuff scarf!

  23. Sandra C on December 5, 2012 8:59 pm

    I love all of this shop’s geeky cross stitch patterns, like this one of BBT:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. PatriciaJ on December 6, 2012 12:11 am

    On my to-do list is a Star Trek cross stitch I saw on etsy. It includes Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock & Dr. McCoy.

  25. Vic on December 6, 2012 2:10 am

    I made a set of Star Wars character amigurumi! Some were better than other but they looked accurate. I also have a 1001 cross stitch ideas that totally fall in to the geeky category but I get so frustrated with cross stitch after about ten minutes!

  26. knittaroo on December 6, 2012 4:59 am

    I’ve knitted a space invaders hat for my brother and a Dr. Zoidberg baklava and “claw gloves” for myself. (That one was for Halloween, admittedly.) Oh, and a glow-in-the-dark brain slug. It sits on my dresser and glows at me all night.
    There are so many cool projects in that book, the Mr. Nancy hat is so stylish and I think I’d actually wear a Trek Girl dress.

  27. Linda Rumsey on December 6, 2012 5:28 am

    I have knitted cushion covers for my son with Star Wars motifs on them. We also made lots of lightsabres and masks together when he was younger, which he says he can’t part with!

  28. Pat morris on December 6, 2012 5:48 am

    We are a family of geeky people. I must make the hobbit feet as I’m always calling my doggy hobbit feet. Gotta make some for me.

  29. Liz N on December 6, 2012 7:51 am

    I belong to a whole family of very proud Geeks/Nerds. New great grandbaby was only 3 weeks old when he was proudly displayed as Yoda

  30. Lennette Daniels on December 6, 2012 8:36 am

    I have always wanted to make the Dr. Who scarf too. But the most geeky craft I have made would have to be stuff regarding Harry Potter.

  31. Mrs Gail McComb on December 6, 2012 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness! This is to awesome for words! There are SO many people in my family that would be getting novelty handcrafts if I could get my “mitts” (pun intended) on this book! Not to mention I’d make some for myself… ahem… princess leia… ahem…
    Just out of curiosity, are there any Princess Bride patterns in there as well?

  32. Judith (from Israel) on December 6, 2012 9:07 am

    I’d love to make a Doctor Who scarf – when I get the time.

  33. DeeAnn S on December 6, 2012 9:20 am

    I made my Doctor Who scarf years ago and still wear it! I worked on it while watching Doctor Who so didn’t mind the garter stitch. The Hobbit feet pattern looks neat. Thanks.

  34. Karey on December 6, 2012 9:23 am

    I’m working on an android softie for my husband right now.

  35. Catherine Coyne on December 6, 2012 9:28 am

    I want to make the needlpoint tardis that I’ve seen!

  36. Jeanne on December 6, 2012 9:32 am

    What a fun book. I hope I win!

  37. Ann Devine on December 6, 2012 9:33 am

    Knitty has a shawl that has the TARDIS pictured in the lace border…and I so want it! And the Leia hat, of course.

  38. Maryanne on December 6, 2012 9:49 am

    I knit my niece a Gryffindor scarf when the first Harry Potter movie came out.

  39. Tina S on December 6, 2012 11:46 am

    Wow! Is this book cool or what!?! Okay, I have some geeky cross stitch projects in my to-do pile but haven’t completed anything yet. If I get this book I will definitely make myself some Hobbit feet. I’d love to have a Hobbit home with a round door and all the little nooks and crannies the the warren of rooms. Too bad my husband wouldn’t go for it.

  40. joyce on December 6, 2012 12:45 pm

    I have made a Harry Potter scarf and would love to make a Yoda hat for my grandaughter. I am waiting until she gets a little older. Love the book.

  41. Michaela on December 6, 2012 12:48 pm

    Doctor Who scarf would be tempting, or something cute like a Hello Kitty hat/scarf.

  42. Becky PS on December 6, 2012 1:41 pm

    This book looks like lots of fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

    The first geeky craft that came to mind was the Star Trek logo pin-back buttons I made for myself and kids to wear. Aluminum foil over cardboard. Mine is still here somewhere…

  43. Sara A on December 6, 2012 1:55 pm

    I love drawing little robots. I’d like to make a small crochet robot some day. The projects in this book look great! Thank you for the chance.

  44. Theresa on December 6, 2012 9:39 pm

    I go to all the sci-fi conventions and would love to see the projects in this book.

  45. Elena T on December 7, 2012 8:16 am

    I want to make a Tardis – hopefully out of glass

  46. Melissa P on December 7, 2012 8:47 am

    I’ve done my share of geeky crafting. Off the top of my head, I’d have to say the geekiest might be the very detailed GI Joe costumes my husband and I made one year. Snake Eyes for him, Scarlett for me.

  47. Tracy on December 7, 2012 8:19 pm

    I made my son a Link costume (Legend of Zelda) for Halloween this year! It looked great but all the elderly people thought he was Robin Hood, lol. Different hat, duh!

  48. Padma Miller on December 7, 2012 10:28 pm


  49. Pat on December 8, 2012 12:58 am

    OMG I would love to win this book! I’m about as nerdy as they come. I’ve knitted a Dr. Who scarf, a Dalek scarf, knitted dice bags (knitted dice), Mario scarf, Cthulhu stuffy, … I’m ready for more nerdy knits!

  50. Lee on December 8, 2012 9:40 am

    I have made oragami star wars folks for a party with that theme and have knit all the “houses” scarves from Harry Potter. I would love to stitch some pixel star trek characters for my daughter too! thanks!

  51. Teresa on December 8, 2012 10:49 am

    I’ve knit a tardis shawl, a stuffed adipose and a totoro . . . among other geeky things for my kids. LOVE this book and want it sooooo bad!

  52. helena frontini on December 8, 2012 12:01 pm

    A doll, and I still love to look at her.

  53. Ofelia on December 8, 2012 12:19 pm

    I’ve always wanted a Doctor Who scarf…I love it!!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  54. Karen Zumbrun on December 9, 2012 5:11 pm

    I’ve been making computer board jewelry. Thanks for the giveaway

  55. Alex W on December 10, 2012 8:21 am

    It looks so awesome! I’m a potterhead so the nerdiest thing I’ve made has been a gryffindor scarf and hat. :)

  56. Sandra on December 10, 2012 12:23 pm

    I’ve made Potter scarves and robes, Star Wars paper snowflakes and even an Assassin’s Creed costume just from pictures of the video game. I’m a true knitter and seamstress geek!

  57. Carmen on December 10, 2012 3:43 pm

    I’ve never had a reason to make a nerdy/geeky craft – but I want this book to make something for myself. And my godson is pretty geeky too

  58. Nancy on December 15, 2012 12:48 pm

    This giveaway is closed, but I still have to comment! That book looks so funny and would be the perfect gift for a friend of mine. I’m going to get it for her for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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