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Wise Old Ravenclaw

01. 7. 2010

Believe it or not, I haven’t stopped knitting during the last few months.  I was making a few scarves for dear friends of ours and couldn’t post about it because they occasionally peek in on the blog and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise.

As usually happens when I give away something I knit, I manage to do so before I get the usual pictures of it to post on the blog.  Since I’m a full-time worker bee, full-time parent, and only part time knitter and blogger, these things get a bit of a short shrift.

Anyway.  Anne and Susan are two friends who I love for many reasons, not the least of which is that I now have someone in Denver to go see all the Sci-Fi/Fantasty/totally geeky movies that I love and Eric detests.  Eric will rarely go see any of these films with me and when he does, he’s one of those types that keeps asking questions like, “Why is that pointy curly thing sticking out of his head?” which just drives me up the wall.

So over the summer, we went to see the new Harry Potter movie and loved it.  At drinks afterward, I casually asked, “What house would you be in?” Susan immediately replied, “Ravenclaw!” I raised a quizzical eyebrow to Anne, who tilted her head towards Susan and said, “I’d be in whatever house she was in,” which was just incredibly sweet.  Now that I knew which house they were in, I could set off on making them house scarves.

The scarves in the movies vary from Year 1-2 and Years 3+, so I thought I’d make one of each and then they could decide which one they wanted to wear.  Also, then they wouldn’t have matching scarves, which is a bit too geeky even for me.  Ravenclaw house colors differ from the book (bronze/blue) to the movie (silver/blue), so I chose the book colors out of a sense of authenticity to the source material.  Yes, I do realize I’m talking about Harry Potter here.

My unwilling model for the Year 1-2 scarf.

And my lovely sister models the year 3+ scarf.

Pattern: Hogwarts Scarves (rav link)
Yarn: Cascade 220 colors 9449 and 7823
Size 7 needles

They’re knit as big tubes so they have no wrong side and are doubly warm.  The color switching was a bit fiddly for the second scarf, but I finally figured out the best technique, which was to add in the yellow, knit with the jogless jog method in the round while carrying the yellow along with the center blue stripe, shifting the row over one stitch at each color change to make each stripe 3 stitches high, and then break the yellow after the stripe bundle was done.  I combined this with the method of knitting in the end as you go along, which meant a lot less work at the end.  Here’s another great example where I meant to get good tutorial pictures and just never managed to.  Here is a link to the technique I used.

Anne and Susan were finally gifted the scarves on New Year’s Eve, and loved them as much as I hoped they would.  These were relatively simple, technique-wise, to knit but did take up a fair bit of time.  It feels sort of odd to have them finished, to tell the truth.  I always knew I had these to work on and now that they’re done, I’ll have to pick up a new project.  It’s sort of like that feeling that Eric mentions to me when he finishes a marathon–exhilarating but disappointing at the same time because once it’s over it’s sort of like, well, what’s next?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. wisemar permalink
    01. 7. 2010 22:22

    Ohhh, what beautiful scarves! I’ll take a Hufflepuff one, lol! 🙂 It’s nice to meet another adult Harry Potter fan on here!

    • sajbat permalink*
      01. 19. 2010 13:44

      Thanks for the comment! They’re not too hard to make–you could learn how to knit and make your own yellow and black scarf. 🙂

  2. Adriene permalink
    02. 24. 2014 18:17

    These are beautiful scarves! I’ve been looking for a good Ravenclaw color combination that’s book accurate and I really like the ones you’ve chosen. Just wondering what cast off method you used, particularly for the scarf with the smaller stripes? Thanks!

    • sajbat permalink*
      02. 24. 2014 18:58

      Thanks for the comment! If I remember correctly, I did either the second or third recommended cast offs for tube knitting as per techknitters great blog, here’s the link: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2009/03/ordinary-chain-bind-off-part-3-binding.html?m=1

      Happy knitting-please post a link when you’re done, would love to see it

      • Adriene permalink
        03. 1. 2014 16:03

        Will do! Super excited to get started. Two more questions for you. The Rav link shows the pattern for the Philosopher’s Stone/Chamber scarves, but I see you also did the scarf from the later movies. For the Prisoner of Azakaban scarf, how many rows did you do knit in each color and how much yarn did you end up using?

        Thanks again!

  3. sajbat permalink*
    04. 30. 2014 14:18

    oops, I know that this is probably too late of a reply-I honestly cannot remember how many I did! I think I read up about how long the bands were and then measured the first one and just repeated it if that helps, or may have used someone else’s numbers. sorry I can’t help with this one!

  4. 12. 29. 2015 11:53

    How much of each yarn would you suggest using?

    • sajbat permalink*
      12. 29. 2015 12:20

      I think I used a total of 4 skeins per scarf, equal colors for the first and 3:1 for the second

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