Knitting for Gamers – Fun Projects for Retro Gamers
There is a strange intersection between knitting and gaming. A lot of young knitters are gamers and this is reflected in the items they create. If you happen to be looking for a knitting project that features characters from a favorite game, you won’t have to look very hard as the web is littered with knitting patterns inspired by video games from the past and the present.
One of the most popular games in recent history is Angry Birds. This fun game gained popularity as smart phones took over the market. It features a group of very angry birds that need to get their eggs back from some silly green pigs. You can find a few knitting patterns for Angry Bird softies around the web, but my favorite is this one from Knitterbees. Grab your favorite knitting yarn and bring this to life!
Photo Credit: Knitterbees
A lot of the knitting patterns that are derived from games are very nostalgic. This might have something to do with the fact that it’s a lot easier to knit up an eight-bit character than it is to knit up the more complex characters from recent games. There are a lot of stitch charts out there that will help you integrate the characters that you like into any project that you choose. Redditer LolCamAlpha used some charts from Knitty to create an epic Space Invaders scarf for her boyfriend. This scarf is almost six feet long and completely lined with fleece, making it extra warm.
Photo Credit: LolCamAlpha
Can you believe this is her first knitting project ever?
A few years beyond Space Invaders, is Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers. Knitters love Mario and his friends because they were originally very simple characters and they are easy to slip into any knitting pattern. One example of fitting the characters into your pattern of choice is the Goomba hat pattern that FadeCrazy was kind enough to share on her blog. This simple stitch chart works with nearly every hat, making it extremely versatile.
Photo Credit: FadeCrazy
If you’re looking to dress like a character from one of your favorite video games, there are fearless knitters out there who are more than happy to create a knitting pattern for you. Zelda has been around for years and the main character, Link, has gone through numerous changes but people still love the game. Link was a simple character in the beginning, but as times have changed so has his wardrobe. Emily Hastings created some fingerless gloves based off the gauntlets that Link wears in Super Smash Bros and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. She admits that the pattern isn’t an exact replica but it’s a pretty cool pattern that any Zelda lover would enjoy. As an added bonus, she provides the pattern for free!
Photo Credit: Emily Hastings
With plenty of options available when it comes to knitting something that reminds you of your favorite game, there’s no reason to hesitate. What are your favorite gaming inspired knits?
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