The books and movies of the Harry Potter series have probably inspired more knitters than any works of literature and film ever before. Tons of people have come up with their own designs using the "house colors," while others have worked hard to emulate the actual knitted items seen in the movies.
While this scarf makes no claims on being an authentic part of the Harry Potter wardrobe, it is a cute and easy to knit scarf made a little warmer by felting the wool.
- 140 yards medium-weight 100 percent wool in one house color (see below) and 120 yards of the second house color (I used Cascade 220 in 8393, dark navy, and 8407, soft gray, to make a Ravenclaw movie scarf)
- one pair size 10 US needles
- crochet hook or yarn needle
- washing machine
Before felting, gauge is 4 stitches and 5 rows per inch in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not critical.
Before felting, finished size is 7.5 inches wide by 60 inches long. After felting, it is 6 inches wide and 48 inches long.
- Cast on 30 stitches in your first color (mine was the navy).
- Knit 20 rows in stockinette stitch.
- Change to your second color and knit 20 more rows in stockinette stitch.
- Continue in this manner until scarf measures about 60 inches, ending with the same color that you started with.
- Bind off. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
- Felt in a washing machine (preferred method) or by hand until the stitches mostly disappear. On warm water in my machine, it took about 25 minutes.
- Place wrung out scarf on a large towel and pin down, stretching to shape as needed, so that the scarf is even in width across. Allow to dry.
About the Colors:
There are many different yarns that can be used for Harry Potter inspired knits, but Cascade helpfully lists suggested colors on its website, which is great if you aren't sure which shade of a particular yarn is going to work best.
No matter what yarn you use, the colors you need for the different houses are as follows:
- Gryffindor: maroon and gold
- Hufflepuff: black and gold
- Ravenclaw: navy and gray in the movies, navy and wine in the books
- Slytherin: forest green and gray or silver
About the Yarn:
Cascade 220 is a great go-to yarn for knitting and felting projects. With 220 yards per 100-gram skein, there's plenty of yarn to work with here, and it comes in an amazing array of more than 75 colors and heathers.
The yarn is very easy to work with, but it gets a little shaggy when felted, so you might want to go back and trim any stray fuzzy bits with a sharp scissors or a sweater shaver after the scarf has dried.