There are a wide variety of knitting and crochet patterns available for projects inspired by The Lord of the Rings including wearables appropriate for humans, elves, and dwarves. My favorites are for gauntlets, shawls, helmets, and – surprise! – beards.
NOTE: Any pattern that I link to is something I thought looked cool. I don’t get any money for mentioning it nor do I guarantee it will be fun to make.
I found two stunning but very different projects for gauntlets. The cable-knit Rangers of Ithilien gauntlets by Kristen Howard make use of stylish clasps but her pattern is free.
I also liked the scale-mail gauntlets designed by Sheila Toy Stromberg. She has patterns for kids (Gimli Son of Gloin Gauntlets for free) and adults (Galadriel Battle Mitts for sale) as well as tutorials for those who haven’t knit with scales before (the links are on the same pages with her patterns).
For those who crochet – and have a sense of humor! – there’s a helmet with beard inspired by Gimli’s armor in the movies. And for those who love dwarves but already have a beard, there’s a pattern for just the helmet.
Finally, I found some beautiful shawl patterns. Evenstar by Susan Pandorf uses lace knitting and makes a large circular wrap.
The Lothlorien Shawl & Scarf by Jennifer Wood is a smaller knitting project with lots of texture.
What’s your favorite wearable yarn project that’s inspired by The Lord of the Rings?