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Harry Potter Slytherin House scarf (screen-accurate)

Before starting knitting this, I’ve studied a lot of photos from the HP 3 & 4 movies with Gryffindor and Ravenclaw scarves (including the number of rows and stitches), because I wanted to make it as screen-accurate scarf as possible.

The original scarves are (acc. to Noble Collection) 100% lambs wool, 12” wide and 85” long (I don’t know if this includes the fringe, but judging from my scarf it doesn’t). My scarf measures about the same.


Update 2014-06: Lochaven of Scotland that created the original Hogwarts school costumes now have all House scarves available at their site here, both in original size and a smaller version. The only difference from the movie or Noble Collection scarves is that Lochaven scarves don’t have the fringe. The weight of the original sized version is given as 300 g. Apparently the original scarves are of lighter yarn weight than Sports, so please keep in mind that if you knit using my pattern your scarf will weigh about 500 g.


The picture on the left is an original scarf from the movies, the one on the right is mine.


The entire scarf is knit in simple k1p1 rib pattern, so it's easy to knit even for beginners, but you'll need some time and patience to finish it. I knit mine in 2 weeks, but I spent several hours at it every day.

Ravelry link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/harry-potter-hogwarts-house-scarf-screen-accurate

Needed: 

Needles

US 2
(or any other 2.75-3 mm), 14” single-pointed or circular
The labels for this yarn say to use US5, but US2 seems closer to the original.

a crochet hook, 2-3 mm size - for hiding the CC threads and adding the fringe.


Yarn

Main color (MC):
450 g / up to 1656 yds.  (I had about 20 g left over) - 1 cone (or 9 skeins, but I recommend getting a cone - it’s cheaper per yard, and you won’t have to make any knots);
Colorway: N25 Enchanted Forest;
(BTW, I own a Slytherin sweater from Lochaven - they supplied them for HP movies 3 and up - and the EF green shade perfectly matches the one used in the sweater.)

Complimentary color (CC):
75 g / about 280-300 yds. - 1.5 or 2 skeins (3 skeins of CC should be enough for 2 scarves);
Colorway: N03 Grey Heather;
(This colorway is better than 107 Silver Sage, as the Ravenclaw scarves in the movies have a heather grey as CC, and my Lochaven sweater too, although it's a somewhat darker shade than N03).

Update 2014-06: to make a lighter scarf you can use BS Nature Spun Fingering weight yarn in the same colors.

The pattern:

cast on 116 sts. (Sport weight) or 136 st. (Fingering weight) using a stretchy cast-on method (elastic cast-on tutorial on YouTube);
(do not join the ends! - the scarves in the movies are not tube-shaped


Always slip the 1st stitch in a row off, purl-wise, and knit the last stitch: the first sample with a twisted edge in this great video shows the exact way I knit the first and the last stitches of my scarf. (Disclaimer: The video does not belong to me, I've added the link to it as an example only.)

1 knit, 1 purl (simple rib stitch) - repeat until the end of the needle (it must end in a knit stitch); turn around and knit the same - 1 knit, 1 purl. 


Repeat this until you have 44 rows (always including the one on the needle). 


Add the CC thread (never cut the MC thread, just carry it up between the stitches of the CC yarn), knit for 4 rows, then cut it off, leaving about 5 cm (2"). 


Knit in MC for 8 rows, then add the CC again and make 4 rows, then cut it off, and switch to MC. 


Repeat all of the above for 13 more times, then finish off in 44 rows of MC and cast off (don’t cut off the MC thread, if you’ll be making the fringe).

The full formula for knitting a screen-accurate PoA scarf would be:

(44MC+4CC+8MC+4CC)*14+44MC
(where the numbers indicate rows)


The fringe:

(the original scarves have a machine-made fringe, so I had to improvise)

start crocheting a row of single crochet stitches (into every knit stitch only);

crochet 6 additional rows normally (add a few stitches if needed);

after you finish, add single-strand tassels to every crochet stitch (they should be 3-3,5 cm long or a bit longer than 1”).

Be careful when you wash the scarf later - the fringe felts easily (as well as the whole scarf).


Nature Spun yarn colors for other Houses:

Ravenclaw - N04 Blue Knight & N03 Grey Heather (or N94 Bev’s Bear for a book-version scarf)
Gryffindor -
235 Beet Red (or 225 Brick Road) & 308 Sunburst Gold
Hufflepuff - 305 Impasse Yellow & 601 Pepper Black

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