Posts Tagged ‘scarf’

Other Harry Potter Knits

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

While searching for Harry Potter scarves earlier this weekend, I discovered a great resource for Hermione’s knitted fashions.  Here are links to two free patterns for a beautiful fairisle scarf and cable and eyelet hat.  Thanks to JL Yarnworks for doing such a great job of these patterns.

Hermione’s scarf (JL Yarnworks) from the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Hermione’s Hat (JL Yarnworks) from the movie Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I am getting excited to see the Deathly Hallows movie(s).  I wonder what knitted goodies will appear in those films.

What are your favourite Harry Potter patterns?

P.S. If you are a Twilight fan, check out Bella’s Hat pattern…it will keep you warm as a werewolf!

Knit A Harry Potter Scarf

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

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:

Gryffindor

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

Hufflepuff

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

Ravenclaw

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

Slytherin

(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

Generation Gap: Learning to Weave on Youtube

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

About a year and a half ago I did something crazy. I bought a full sized floor loom! Not your typical impulse buy….but then again…I’m not typical.

What makes it even crazier is that, at the time, I didn’t know how to weave. I have knit for as long as I can remember. I have been spinning yarn for the past 2 years, and this seemed (to me at least) to be the next logical step in my textile addiction hobby.

I’m not sure what drew me to this particular loom. It looked so sad….it had just been moved out of a garage, and was sitting on milk crates, covered with a tarp…I’m wondering if this is what dog lovers feel like when they go to the animal shelter. Before I knew it, hands had been shaken, money exchanged, and I was hurrying home to remeasure all the doorways and elevators between the outside world and my apartment.

The first big challenge was to determine what kind of loom it was, so I could see what pieces it was missing (not too many thankfully) and figure out how it was supposed to work. A very friendly Ravelry group helped me to identify it as a LeClerc Fanny loom, a good solid piece of Canadian technology. Within a month, the missing pieces arrived in the mail and I was ready to weave….or so I thought.

The hardest part of weaving is “dressing” the loom, and I didn’t have the faintest idea of how to start. I knew that it involved putting lots of little strings in the right places so they will rise and fall when you push the pedals. Before I wasted my treasured yarn on a project doomed for failure, I decided I needed a bit of instruction.

Where do you go when you want to learn a dying craft?

Youtube of course!

No…seriously! I found some FANTASTIC videos. This one was by far the best, in the span of 6 minutes it gives clear and simple instructions, explains new vocabulary, teaches some weaving and textile history, and makes you want to learn more! I watched it probably 10 times while I attempted to dress my loom the first time.

Thanks to this video, I was able to weave something….it wasn’t excellent, but it was weaving! Later I became more adventurous, trying new patterns that I found on
Handweaving.net a great site that provides historical weaving drafts (patterns) in a digital format.

I was learning a lot by experimenting, and by accessing the tremendous amount of information on the internet. My skill was improving, but it still felt like I was missing something, some crucial information that would prevent problems with tension, or help make the woven edges more straight, or stop strings from breaking.

So, last winter, I searched out the local weavers and spinners guild and signed up for a weekend workshop: Weaving for Beginners.

one of my wonderful weaving instructors

At the class we were instructed in all of the skills that I had learned on the net. Within the first hour though, the instructors, sensing that I was not really a beginner, asked me how I had learned to weave. I told them about the videos on Youtube. They looked a bit puzzled, smiled, and muttered something about “kids these days”. I’m not sure if they understood. I’m not sure if they even have a computer. I do know, however, that they took one look at my work, analyzed what I was doing wrong, and gave me excellent tips to help me improve.

McLeod Tartan Scarf - A gift for my Uncle

McLeod Tartan Scarf - A gift for my Uncle

That weekend I learned that even though I have all the information I need at my fingertips over the internet, it is still so important to learn a new skill from people. I discovered that what I had been missing was the reassurance of an expert watching me work, answering my questions and pointing out little things that I should do differently. I was missing the shared smiles, and the congratulations for a job well done.

Top Ten Knitted Gifts

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Christmas is around the corner, and I’m making top secret gifts. In the mean time here are a few of my favourite FREE patterns for knitted gifts that don’t take TOO long to create.

Pictures link to pattern pages.

What are your favourite gifts to knit? leave links in the comments. I’d love to try some new patterns this year.

Hats:

1. Fake Isle2. Shedir3. Thorpe

Mittens:

4. Snowfall Mittens (I know the designer!)

5. Give a Hoot Mittens

Scarves:

6. Man (or anyone) cowl 7. Noro Striped Scarf 8. Counterpoint ScarfMiscellaneous:

9. Bunny (origami AND knitting!)

10. Christmas Stocking

Free Movie Inspired Knitting Patterns

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Recently I have become more interested in knitting pattern design, and as winter arrives I start to notice interesting patterns and stitch combinations on garments in stores, or on people that I pass in the street.  I keep mental notes for the most part.  I sometimes worry what people might think if I got out my camera, or notepad to record details on the spot.

There are many people that I know well enough to ask them for a closer look at their knitwear.  They often put up with me examining their new hat, or mitts, and my need to feel the wool and figure out how the garment was made.

It seems like moviegoers have been struck with a similar obsession.  People freeze frame movies, and design the knitwear that they see.  It must be quite a challenge!  I now worry that I will never watch a movie the same way again!!

I’ve done a quick Ravelry search this evening, and compiled a list of movie inspired knitting.  I’ve linked to blogs where available and also to {Ravelry}.  These patterns are all FREE!  Pictures were taken from Ravelry pattern pages.

Feel free to add your favourites in the comments, and I will add to this list.

I think I’m going to have to knit a pair of Bella Mittens, they look so cozy.

Twilight/New Moon inspired

Twilight Book jacket socks or mittens or arm warmers etc {Ravelink}

Bella mittens {Ravelink}

Bella’s LaPush Hat {Ravelink}

Angela’s LaPush hat {Ravelink}

Alice Cullen’s fingerless mittens {Ravelink}

Harry Potter Inspired

Hogwarts scarf {Ravelink}

Dark Mark illusion scarf {Ravelink}

Hermione Hat {Ravelink}

Transformers Inspired

Reversible Transformers Toque {Ravelink}

Starwars Inspired

Starwars Fairisle charts {Ravelink}

R2D2 Beanie {Ravelink}

Felted Baby Yoda Hat {Ravelink}