- Inspired by the novels Review by Melantha
For some reason reading the Harry Potter novels inspires me to knit. I found this magazine to be a pleasure to read and it allowed me to geek out as a HP fan, particularly the featured articles on designing for the Harry Potter films and the Christmas presents "stitched with love" by Amanda Kirk, the interview with Stephanie Dosen from Tiny Owl Knits, and Sarah-Jane Stratford's articles on Harry Potter's Britain and knitted symbols. The patterns are lovely, and I really appreciated that they come in extra small and extra large. For example the Ginny Cardigan on the cover comes in bust sizes ranging from 28 1/4 inches to 52 1/4 inches. My family comes in all of those sizes. So thank you authors Mari Chiba, Catherine Salter Bayar, Emma Welford, Kathleen Sperling, and Anne Podlesak for doing the math on the sweaters and allowing me to be lazy. There are many small accessory projects to do from this magazine, too, with beautiful charts. I would call these patterns "inspired by" Harry Potter, because none of them looked like clones from the movies. They are magical none-the-less. Since there is no table of contents on the product page, folks who are interested in seeing exactly what is in this magazine can get a listing on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/the-unofficial-harry-potter-knits-special-issue-2013).
(Posted on 8/8/14)
- Love this special edition Review by Sheepgirl
I'm on my 2nd Ginny's Sweater. The projects in this issue are all winners. A really great collection.
(Posted on 2/21/14)
- Fun magazine with some great projects Review by Lisa
I really enjoy my copy of Harry Potter Knits. I enjoyed reading the articles and it has several patterns that I want to knit. I'm currently working on Ginny's Cardigan, my first sweater, and it is a great pattern! I do not have a problem reading the charts, they are small but clear. I don't think they can make the charts much bigger for physical copy of the magazine. Just know that if you live outside of the US you will be unable to order the magazine or digital download due to copyright restrictions.
(Posted on 1/22/14)
- Oustide US can't order it ! Review by Marie
I tried to download it tonight but as i'm in France i can't !
I tried to order the magazine, i can't !
So, what can i do ? Why is it restricted to the US ?
(Posted on 11/29/13)
- Too expensive for both hard copy and digital - graphs small in hard copy, though. Review by Nancy
This is not a book; it's a magazine and lightweight at that. The graphs are quite small in the hard copy of the magazine also. For this price, it seems like the publication should have been more substantial. I feel a bit taken advantage of.
(Posted on 11/8/13)
- You lost a buyer who won't spend money on guessing games Review by Bobbie
Googling Harry Potter sweater patterns and saw "The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits: 30+ Harry Potter Patterns..." I know patterns aren't free, but some other reviews said both the digital and the magazine single issue should both be bought (at $14.99/each + S&H) just to be able to read the patterns.. I have no idea what the patterns in the magazine single issue are for--just "knits" doesn't describe much.
The links for specific HP products at the tops of some product pages take me to other photos of finished items, but nothing HP. The "Table of Contents" tab does not work for me at all.
Is HP used in the Google title to take advantage of popular products so your link will be higher up on the Google list? Potential are supposed to spend money for an "unofficial" pattern (I'm not equating "unofficial" with "bad") without being able to see a thumbnail pic of the finished item, which you're able to show for other merchandise. $30 + S&H ($14.99 doubled, one for each version of the pattern) which seems to be the only way to get a readable pattern is ridiculous. Having to buy 2 versions of the same pattern to get a readable pattern? The single magazine is also missing all information concerning how many patterns are included and what they are. I would never buy a pattern without being able to see a photo of the finished product.
You've lost a potential buyer (plus "bought" yourself a lot of bad word-of-mouth advertising). One of the other reviews also mentioned lousy customer service. Not a good way to keep customers. If this was a site selling something like "knives that keep a lifelong edge", I'd think "you get what you pay for". In this case, it's "you don't even know what you're getting--no descriptions or photos".
Not going to spend money here, for kits or patterns that (supposedly) show finished products. I'd rather order through Mary Maxim. I may be ranting about something petty, and. I'm sorry if I looked in the wrong places and didn't see what I was looking for. But since the HP reference is very prominent in your Google listing, tell whoever manages this site that it would be nice (and perhaps more profitable for you) if someone looking for a specific pattern, maybe a potential buyer, could see what kind of items you're selling patterns for (can't tell, no info)--sweaters, scarves, witch hats, Quaffles, Bludgers, Golden Snitches, wands might look like.
Thanks for reading. Btw , this was supposed to have been posted on 10/17/2013, and I don't know why, but it wasn't.
(Posted on 10/17/13)
- Nice patterns/poor customer service Review by Christine
I ordered a print copy of this 9/10 with another book and received the other book with a shipping statement saying this was back ordered. I was a little surprised as it's listed as available on the product page.
I'd already contacted customer service about a different issue (same order,) and it took them 4 full days to respond. Because it took so long to get an answer (when did my order ship?) I am reluctant to contact them again about this product page.
Is 4 days a bad response time for a printing company that offers direct-sales? Am I expecting too much from someone who was happy to take my money 16 days ago, but still hasn't sent everything I ordered?
(Posted on 9/26/13)
- Terrific product, but I object to paying twice! Review by Beverly
I ordered the hard copy magazine (and paid postage) to have quick access in my library. Graphs so small, they were unworkable, so I later ordered the download. I can enlarge and print graphs now.
Question: Why do I have to pay two separate charges? Most publishers include free download, with ordered physical product.
The patterns are great, but the price ends up being very steep!
(Posted on 8/22/13)
- Super product, but why do I have to pay for (both) magazine & download? Review by Beverly
Very happy I ordered product (and paid postage) for magazine, so I have quick access to it in my library.
However, graphs so small, as to be unworkable, so I later ordered downloaded product. Then I could enlarge and print the graphs.
Question: Why, after I ordered a physical product and later needed a download, should I have to pay again? Most times the publishers allow both forms with the purchase of the physical product.
(Posted on 8/22/13)