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Hogwarts Unity Scarf February 15, 2008

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Hooray, it’s finally finished!  Here’s most of what I posted at Ravelry when I finished it, and then the pattern (posted on The Leaky Cauldron as well), with a few comments:

This is my own design for a Harry Potter Hogwarts “House Unity Scarf.” I know I’m not the first to design one, and I was in fact inspired by two other HP-themed scarves. I used Lauren Kent’s ”Hogwarts Scarf” pattern to make a Ravenclaw scarf in grey and blue several years ago, and I used the same exact 16” US8 circ’s for this scarf and a similar number of stitches – why change something if it’s proven to work well? I got the idea of a house unity scarf from Cheryl Dumont’s ”My House Unity Scarf” on The Leaky Cauldron. It’s a nice scarf, but not really my style. Thus, I invented my own! I really like how it turned out.

Despite the fact that it’s veeeery long (and I was very busy), it only took about a month and a half to knit. Then I brought it to the States over the holidays so I could use my parent’s washing machine to spin it after washing, and lay it out to dry where my cat wouldn’t walk all over it. Once I got back to China (where the rest of the yarn was), I added fringe!

So, to make the scarf, get yourself worsted weight wool: lots and lots of a main color – I used about 500g of white – and then one 100g skein each of all the other colors – red, gold, green, silver, black, yellow, blue, and bronze.  (Oddly, in the US, finding bronze seems to be the challenge, but here I got my three yellow-ish colors pretty quickly, and it was finding the right shade of green that proved nigh impossible – I finally ended up with a thin sport that I doubled – should have tripled, really – in place of worsted!)  Add one 16″ size 8 circular needle (that’s 40cm, 5mm).  Have a spare size 8 needle on hand for binding off, if you want to try the three-needle method, as well as a tapestry needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends; you’ll need the crochet hook for the fringe, too, if you decide to put some on.

my colors – that perfect green on the right was so hard to find, neither olive nor bright!

Cast on 72 stitches in white.
Place marker and join, being careful not to twist stitches.
Knit 26 rounds.

Gryffindor Stripe
Break white, join red and knit three rounds.
Break red, join gold and knit five rounds.
Break gold, join red and knit three rounds.
Break red, join white and knit twenty-five rounds.

Slytherin Stripe
Break white, join green and knit three rounds.
Break green, join silver and knit five rounds.
Break silver, join green and knit three rounds.
Break green, join white and knit twenty-five rounds.

Hufflepuff Stripe
Break white, join black and knit three rounds.
Break black, join yellow and knit five rounds.
Break yellow, join black and knit three rounds.
Break black, join white and knit twenty-five rounds.

Ravenclaw Stripe
Break white, join blue and knit three rounds.
Break blue, join bronze and knit five rounds.
Break bronze, join blue and knit three rounds.
Break blue, join white and knit twenty-five rounds.

Repeat stripe sequence two or three more times, depending on the desired length of the scarf.  I repeated it three more times, for a total of four, and the thing is unweildy!  REALLY long.  Like, ten feet with the fringe.  So you probably only want a total of three stripe sequences.  Or, of course, you can stop at 2.5 or 3.5.

how does my scarf grow?

Knit one more round with white.
Using spare needle, do a three-needle bind-off.
Turn the scarf inside out and sew in all ends.
Turn scarf right side out and sew beginning end closed. Tuck in the yarn end.

Hand wash the scarf gently in cool to lukewarm water with wool detergent. If the wool is not marked “superwash,” be careful not to felt it by scrubbing or using hot water.
Lay some towels on the floor somewhere out-of-the-way with good air circulation.
Lay the scarf flat on the towels, being sure that the color changes are all hidden along one edge.
Block the scarf – use a ruler to make sure it’s the same width all the way along, slightly poking and stretching to make it uniform.
Allow the scarf to dry completely.

drying all 111″ of it ………. dry and folded, pre-fringe

For the fringe (optional):
Using a hardback book about 8” high, wrap white around twelve times bottom to top.
Cut the yarn at the bottom.
Loop a spare piece of yarn through the top, to hold the bunch of strands in the middle.
Put a crochet hook through the middle of the scarf edge, one stitch from the end of the scarf.
Use it to pull the spare piece of yarn through, then pull gently on the spare piece of yarn to pull the bunch of white yarn about 2” through, creating a loop.
Remove the spare yarn.Pull the ends of the white yarn through the loop that was created and pull tight to create one bunch of fringe.
Repeat at both corners of the scarf, and then between each corner and the middle, which will result in five white bunches of fringe.
Create a bunch of fringe with eight strands of white, two strands of red, and two strands of gold.
Place it halfway between two of the white bunches.
Repeat for each of the house color sets as shown, which will result in four colored bunches of fringe.
Repeat to add fringe to the other end of the scarf.
Trim ends of fringe to desired length to make it even.

So, that’s the basic pattern!  I hope it gets made by other people.  I really like how it turned out, and am proud of putting it together from the various scarves that are floating around the internet and from my own ideas.


4 Responses to “Hogwarts Unity Scarf”

  1. Kitsune Says:

    Oh my god, that is an epically long scarf.
    Why did you decide to make it that long?

    • missjubilee Says:

      Yes, it’s really rather unwieldy. I have this embarrassing weakness when knitting to fall into the “no such thing as too much” trap, also known as “better too long than too short.” Comes from being a bit tall, perhaps? I’ve considered cutting off the last repeat, only I don’t want to deal with re-finishing it, so I leave it long. I once sewed a jumper (dress) that I never wore, because I made all the seam allowances a bit too big, and then sewed too close to the edge, afraid of it being too tight – and then the whole thing was like three sizes too large!
      On the bright side, the scarf can wrap three times around my neck/face in especially chilly weather and still have nice pretty ends hanging down!

      • Kitsune Says:

        I’ve done that as well, there’s this wavy pattern that I tried that’s almost seven feet long now that I’ve finished, and this seafoam pattern that’s almost 6 feet long.
        It’s crazy.
        (I don’t even reach 5 feet tall, so 6 and seven feet are huge for me lol)

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