Knit A Harry Potter Scarf

The seventh Harry Potter movie (part one of The Deathly Hallows) opens in theatres on November 19th.

You know that most people will dress up with their Hogwarts gear and make a party of the opening night experience.  Why not knit a scarf for yourself, or for a little (or not so little) Harry Potter fan that you know.

For the Muggles: Wizards like Harry Potter are educated at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  When they enter the school, a magical sorting hat reads their character and assigns them to certain houses which each have different colours and crests.

The houses are:


(gold and red)
values courage, bravery, loyalty, nerve and chivalry


(yellow and black)
values hard work, tolerance, loyalty, and fair play.


(blue and bronze)
values intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit


(green and silver)
values ambition, cunning, leadership and resourcefulness and most of all pure wizard blood

You can sort yourself by various web-based personality tests.  My results seem to say I’m a Hufflepuff.

The sorting hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!

Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot, and treat them just the same.”

Once you know what house you’re in, you need to invest in some yarn in your house colours to make your scarf.  There are a few choices you’ll need to make.

Choice 1:  Which movie are you basing your scarf on?

VERSION A:  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

VERSION B:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The width of the stripes vary between the two films.  Your needle choices and yarn weight will dictate your gauge.  It’s up to you to change colours when it looks right.  Just be sure to keep note of how many rows you knit, to stay consistent.

These scarves are long.  The general rule for scarves is to make them as tall as the person who wears them.  These scarves are probably about six feet long, and being worn on young children.  For an authentic look on an adult, you’ll want to make the scarf at least 7 feet long.

VERSION A: Scarf is about 8-9 inches wide, and stripes are each about 6-7 inches.

VERSION B: Scarf is about 8-9 inches wide.  Main Colour 6 inches, 1/2 inch Contrasting colour, 1 inch Main Colour, 1/2 inch Contrasting Colour

Choice 2: Method of scarf construction.

To make a scarf that lays flat, there are two main options:

1.  Knit stockinette in the round (double thickness, so it takes twice as long and twice as much yarn but looks authentic to the films)

Cast on 100 stitches in Main Colour, join in the round and knit.  Change colours as needed to achieve the stripes.

2.  Make a flat ribbed scarf (not as authentic, but you can finish it faster)
Cast on 50 stitches in Main Colour.  Work in K1, P1 ribbing.  Change colours as needed to achieve the sripes.

No matter what scarf you make, you’ll need to save yarn for fringe at the end.

Here’s a nice video tutorial on “fringe making” by Judy

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  • Phoenixfeather_

    Oh yes I have had a Hufflepuff scarf on the go for a while for this exact occasion!!! :)

  • Shawna

    I made a Gryffindor scarf for a friend. It was a large first year version.
    I’m currently working on a modified first year version of Slytherin. it’s skinnier because we don’t get cold enough out here to need a thick warm one…both were flat…I don’t have time for in the round! but also again….no need for something that thick either!!!

    I’m hoping to finish the Slytherin one before the movie..but I’m running out of time!! My wedding got in the way :(

  • Steve@coolpotter

    Not that dissimilar to an old Dr Who scarf my mother knitted for me when I was little. It was very long and dragged on the ground a bit, but she said it was very easy to make. Thanks, I’d almost forgotten that.

  • Myverypashmina

    I love Harry Potter! And I would love a scarf too! :)

  • Zaney

    I am wanting to make a Ravenclaw scarf for my daughter. Does anyone know where I can find Bronze yarn that doesn’t cost $5 a skein?