Why tiny sweaters?
They’re cute, and they’re a great way to make a gift tailored to someone’s interests. Be honest – you’re probably never going to knit your coworker a full sized sweater inspired by their favorite fandom, are you? But you can whip up one of these mini guys for your fangirliest friend in just a day, at an affordable price (holler!), and it makes a great gift topper, keychain, bottle cozy, or Christmas ornament.
And as someone who’s about to be an aunt, I’m legit tempted to make one of these for my yet-to-be-born niece, a thing I’d also totally do for friends’ babies. Maybe I’m weird, but how cute would it be to give your friend who is obsessed with [insert relevant fandom here] a tiny sweater featuring [that fandom] at their baby shower?
One of my favorite local yarn shops in Chicago is Firefly Fiber Arts. I was honored to be invited to design these little sweaters as part of Firefly’s inaugural Fandom Fibers line, which is inspired by pop culture and celebrates the fandom community through hand dyed yarns and custom kits. How fun is that?
The Mini Fandom Sweaters will be available exclusively as kits in the Firefly booth (#561) at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (a.k.a. C2E2, a.k.a. Comic Con) the weekend of April 6-8. Starting April 9, you can get the patterns on Ravelry if you’re not in town for C2E2 (or Yarn Con which happens to also be that weekend in Chicago!). They’re a total bargain at just $10 for a kit featuring 100% US-made wool, and if you want multiple kits, they’re 3 for $25 or 5 for $40. If you know someone looking for a gift for you that won’t make their eyes pop at the price, a Mini Fandom Sweater kit is worth giving them a heads up about. ;)
Queue Your Favorites on Ravelry!
Mini Storm Helmet Sweater – Visit a galaxy far far away by casting on this mini sweater inspired by galactic soldiers.
Mini Star Symbol Sweater – Are you feeling… enterprising? Explore strange, new worlds by casting on this mini sweater inspired by the final frontier.
Mini Magic Symbol Sweater – Grab your most magical needles and cast on this mini sweater inspired by a certain bespectacled wizard boy and his friend’s mom’s knitting habit. Ten points to the knitter who uses this pattern as a springboard to knit a mini sweater featuring their own first initial!
Mini Blue Phone Booth Sweater – Take a trip through time and space by casting on this mini sweater inspired by everyone’s favorite Doctor.
Mini Double ‘W’ Sweater – Feel like a wonderful woman (or man) by casting on this mini sweater.