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Chasing the Golden Stitch: Knit Your Own Harry Potter House Scarf
Now that all of us muggles have celebrated the magic and mirth of Harry Potter Book Night, what better way to unwind than by knitting your very own, very fetching Hogwarts House Scarf. Whether Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, say 'Expelliarmus!' to chilly necks and get stitching...
On Harry’s first night at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Professor McGonagall says, ‘While you’re here, your house will be like your family’. This becomes especially true for Harry, as his friends and classmates in Gryffindor become the first true family he’s ever known. Students at Hogwarts show their house pride in a variety of ways: earning house points, cheering for their team at Quidditch games and, of course, wearing their house colours. Among the most popular pieces of housethemed apparel are the classic house scarves.
This design is worked in the round from the bottom up with no purling. The easy tubular construction means there’s no wrong side and the length is easy to adjust. The clean jogless stripes give this scarf a classic prep-school feel and quick fringe decorates both edges for a playful touch. Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, a house scarf is a must-do project for any knitter who’s ever dreamed of going to Hogwarts.
Circumference: 45.5 cm / 18 in.
Length: 198 cm / 78 in., excluding fringe
Aran weight (medium #4) yarn, shown in Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair; 174 m / 190 yd. per 113 g / 4 oz. skein), colour A, 5 skeins; colour B, 2 skeins
Colourways: Gryffindor: #M101 Bing Cherry (A) and #M155 Lemondrop (B)
Ravenclaw: #M82 Blue Flannel (A) and #M03 Grey Heather (B)
Hufflepuff: #M14 Sunburst Gold (A) and #M05 Onyx (B)
Slytherin: #M172 Deep Pine (A) and #M03 Grey Heather (B)
• 5 mm / US 8, 40 cm / 16 in. long circular needles or size needed to obtain correct tension
• Stitch marker
• 6 mm / US J-10 crochet hook
• Tapestry needle TENSION 18 sts and 23 rnds = 10 cm / 4 in. in St st
Be sure to check your tension.
• Scarf is worked in the round in one piece from the bottom up. Work stripes using Jogless Join method. When attaching fringe, be sure to have both layers held together to flatten the tube into scarf.
Stocking Stitch (any number of sts) Worked in the round, knit every rnd.
House Colour Stripes (see charts for correct colours) Knit 5 rnds with colour B, 5 rnds with colour A, then 5 rnds with colour B.
With colour A, CO 80 sts. Pm and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.
*Knit 27 rnds, or for approx 12 cm / 4¾ in.
Work Rnds 1–15 of appropriate House Colours Chart (chart below).
Rep from * 9 more times, then knit 27 rnds in A, or until piece measures approx 198 cm / 78 in. from CO edge, or desired length.
Cast off kwise.
Weave in ends. Block to measurements.
Cut 80 pieces of colour A, each approx 10 cm / 4 in. long. Using crochet hook and working through both layers of cast-on or cast-off edge, attach a piece of yarn in each pair of sts across both edges. Trim to 4 cm / 1½ in. long.
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