Hello knitters! Love is in the air and Valentine’s day is approaching. I know that it is super corny, but I really enjoy this holiday because I love pink! AND I like cheesy romance movies, particularly of the ’90s variety.
So this week while I’m sitting on the couch with my knitting here are the movies on my Valentine’s Day knitflix list.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This movie is on the top of my list because I haven’t seen it! I didn’t jump on the bandwagon when this movie was trending, so now here it is on my list and little bit late for all the hype.
A classic! I saw Dirty Dancing for the first time on TV one weekend when I was a teenager and have loved it ever since. This movie is a must-watch for me every year.
P.S. I Love You
Get the tissues!! This is a great movie, but boy oh boy what a tear jerker. I just love the story, it’s different from your typical romance film, and the soundtrack is excellent.
Romeo + Juliet
You can’t get more classic than Shakespeare right? I have been wanting to watch this movie again and Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion.
To be clear I’m talking about the 1996 one with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. But the more traditional one from the ’60s is good too!
10 Things I Hate About You
If you want a ’90s teen romantic comedy movie than look no further! This is another of my favourite movies, but I’m not sure I’ll be giving it a watch this week because I just watched it a couple weeks ago…
Fun fact: this story is based on Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew. The first time I watched this movie was for English class in school. So I guess two points for Shakespeare on this knitflix list!
If you need a knitting project to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit, check out my For the Love of Stripes knit hat design on Ravelry. This free hat knitting pattern is inspired by Valentine’s Day!
Halloween is just around the corner, are you ready to get into a spooky mood?
I love Fall, I love Halloween, I love scary movies…and I love knitting of course! Here’s a list of some of my favourite spooky movies and series for a Halloween Knitflix!
I’ve given them all a jack-o-lattern emoji rating 🎃 from one: not scary at all, to five: bonechillingly terrifying. And I’m a huge baby so you can count on those ratings to be generous towards the terrifying side!
Let’s start off with a classic! This movie is great for knitflixing if you’ve seen it 1,000 times like I have. Scream is mandatory Halloween viewing in my opinion so if you haven’t seen it then grab your project and press play.
This movie is not too scary, it’s just scary enough, and you’ll have your knitting on hand to distract you from the gory scenes. If you’re in the mood for a marathon you can watch all 4 of the Scream movies in a row.
With all that knitflixing not only will you be in the Halloween spirit you’ll make a lot of progress on your knitting. So pull out that large project you haven’t touched in a year and get to work!
The easy to follow plot means you won’t lose your place while you work on your WIP (work in progress).
The best thing about the Nightmare Before Christmas, in my opinion – remember I said I’m a huge baby – is that, despite its name, it will put you in the Halloween spirit without giving you nightmares! Dynamic characters, catchy songs and some dark humour make this a great pick for your Halloween Knitflix marathon.
The Haunting of Hill House and/or The Haunting of Bly Manor 🎃🎃
I’m lumping these two series together and giving them an average of a 2 jack-o-lantern scare rating. However, Haunting of Hill House is closer to a 3 while Bly Manor is closer to a 1, or maybe 2, depending how easily scared you are.
These are two entirely independent stories so you can watch only one or both and watch them in whichever order you like! The Haunting of Hill House is a truly chilling tale and much closer to a horror movie in a series with plenty of jump scares. While The Haunting of Bly Manor is a bit slower, less startlingly scary and has more of a creepy vibe rather than horror.
Okay, now for a scary one! I would have given this five jack-o-latterns, but when I saw the rating it made me feel like a huge scaredy cat that it’s PG-13!
This alien mystery thriller left me with that creeped out feeling for DAYS after watching it for the first time. That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. It’s filmed in the “this is a true story” style which adds to the scare factor.
This movie is well suited to knitflixing, it’s a bit of a slow burn plot-wise. But by no means boring, you’ll definitely be able to get in a few rows. And you’ll have something on hand to distract you when things really get going!
Here’s one for the documentary lovers who like a real life true crime/scary story. Netflix just dropped the second collection of episodes for their Unsolved Mysteries reboot that came out earlier this year.
Depending how scared you get by true crime this could be a 1 or a 2 (or even a 3) for you. And it’s all in the name these are unsolved cases which adds to the creep factor for me.
I haven’t watched the second collection yet, but I binge watched the first season in one day when it was released. With a WIP in hand of course!
If you want to watch the OG Unsolved Mysteries it’s streaming on Amazon Prime.
Here’s a classic everyone in the family can enjoy! Just because this movie is a one jack-o-lattern rating doesn’t mean it’s boring.
There’s the coming of age plot line, magic, and some great costumes. This movie is perfect for knitflixing because the plot is easy to follow so you won’t lose track of the movie or your knitting. And it’s not super scary so it’s just right to get you in the spooky spirit without spending the whole time with a blanket over your eyes!
Halloweentown is also a series, there’s four of them, so if you’re working on a big project plan a movie marathon!
Here’s another creepy series for Halloween knitflixing. Full disclosure at the time of writing this post I haven’t finished watching this series, I’m half-way through the eight episodes.
The lead character of this series, played by Sarah Paulson, is based on Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I’ve never seen or read it so I can safely say it is not a prerequisite for watching Ratched the series.
This show is not necessarily scary, it has more of a creepy feel, but it certainly is gorey and has some disturbing moments. I was watching it last night and found myself saying “oh my god, that’s messed up” except messed is not the word that I used 😉.
It’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know this is a commercially created holiday to sell chocolate and flowers, but there’s nothing I love more than a good knitflix and Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to take in some great movies.
Here’s a list of movies you can knitflix this Valentine’s Day to get in the romantic spirit:
Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin – take your pick! I’m lumping all the princess movies together into one section because I honestly couldn’t choose just one. These movies are great for Valentine’s Day knitflixing because of all the prince charmings of course, but also because you’ve probably seen them like a hundred times so you can keep up with the plot and knit at the same time without losing your place if your pattern is on the more complex side.
I also think the princess movies are great for knitflixing because you can do a whole movie marathon or watch a different one every day leading up to Feb 14th and make a lot of progress on you WIP while getting in the romantic spirit.
Crazy Rich Asians
This movie has everything! So it’s perfect to add to your Valentine’s knitflix because I do think it has something for everyone. Drama, romance, comedy, all-star cast.
I love this movie for the exact reasons listed above, it has a bit of everything, the comedy to keep you laughing, several doses of drama to keep you intrigued, and some really great characters that you can love and hate. And it’s a bit of a newer release so chances are you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet! Which makes it an exciting addition to your Valentine’s knitflix line up.
I know what you must be thinking, but this is a list of romantic movies what’s with the murder?! But this movie is really a romance!
It’s not your typical rom-com, not just because of the murder, but because it features a couple in a long term relationship rather than a newfound love. That’s one of the reasons why I love this movie….also the murder because I love a good mystery!
Grab your WIP and get a few rows in while you enjoy this comedy, romance, murder movie.
P.S. I Love You
Okay…well here’s one if you want to cry your eyes out. I love this movie but it is pretty sad at certain parts so be prepared!! But you can always wipe your eyes with your WIP. (I don’t recommend that just have some tissues on hand).
I think there’s a good balance between the movie being sad, but also has it’s funny and sweet moments and I think the characters in it are great. I wouldn’t call this movie boring, but it does have a bit of a slower pace so you won’t miss too much if you need to concentrate on your knitting at certain points.
Well there you have it, a handful of movies you can knitflix to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Grab your favourite movie cuddle buddy, stuffed animals count, and your WIP and don’t forget the chocolate and popcorn!