I am back from my hiatus and I am so excited to show you what took up so much of my time these last couple of weeks. This week and next I will share my original crafting patterns, and then I will show you all the fabulous things I made my family for Christmas. I am so happy the kids liked them.
The one that took me the most time by far was L’s Harry Potter scarf. My older girls are all big Potterheads, and so I chose two scarves to make for the middle two girls. I made this Dark Mark scarf for R. Here is the project page for it on Ravelry. L’s scarf is based on another that I found on Ravelry, but tweaked to what I felt was a more accurate depiction.
Here is the research that I based my pattern on, showing the counting of the rows between each color change. Both of these pages call for knitting the scarf in the round, and at first, I did try that. I just didn’t think it looked quite right. I didn’t think that jogless stripes were the answer to the color changes, so I did a little more research on my own, using the same method. In this picture, you can see that the scarf Hermione is wearing has a clearly defined edge, which is very difficult (for me) to achieve with knitting in the round. However, the scarf does appear to be knitted in stockinette on both sides. Finally it occurred to me to knit it in 1×1 ribbing. This gives the illusion of stockinette on both sides, but also gives the well defined edge. I also found this image, which allowed me to count the stitches in width. You can also see in that picture the subtle space between each column of stitches that betrays the single rib pattern rather than round stockinette pattern.
For the size I made, you will need 6 hanks of Cascade 220 in your main color, and 1 hank in your contrast color. I used colorway 8893 (Hunter Green) for my main color, and colorway 8509 (Grey) for my contrast. I used a size 7 circular needle.
Cast on 80 stitches using your preferred cast on. My favorite is the twisted German cast on. Every row will be K1, P1 to the end. It is a very simple pattern that you can knit mindlessly while watching TV, or sitting in church, or while riding in the car while your husband (or anyone else) does the driving.
Knit 35 rows in your main color. Knit 4 rows in your contrast color, then 8 in main color, and finally 4 more in the contrast color. Repeat these 51 rows a total of 14 times. Finish with 35 rows of main color and bind off. Weave in your ends.
To be honest, this scarf is very big. The final dimensions were 10″ wide by almost 11′ long. I used Cascade 220 yarn, which is a worsted weight, and a size 7 needle. I would highly recommend using a smaller yarn and needles — DK weight, perhaps, on size 5 maybe. L loves her scarf, and can wrap it 6-8 times around her neck. I also did not add the sideways knitted band at each end or the fringe. Perhaps I can think some more on how to do this. I can see it in my mind, but I need to actually try it before I try to explain it, and L isn’t giving up her scarf right now for additions.
I was able to knit 16 rows per hour (continental style) uninterrupted. It took me approximately 40-50 hours altogether to create, including weaving in the ends and winding the hanks of yarn into balls. I was able to attend several church services, and watch the entirety of The White Queen and Mr. Selfridge on Amazon.