Knitting a Hogwarts scarf for my Dad…

Posted by on May 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm.

Ok, it’s official I’m knitting my father a Hogwarts scarf.

Oh you didn’t know that I loved Harry Potter? Well I do…

Although I’ve read all the books, I can’t say the same thing about the movies. Which isn’t surprising, since I don’t watch a lot of television/movies.

Harry Potter Luna Lovegood

I know there are all sorts of Harry Potter quizzes out there, perhaps I should take one, to find out what house my father would belong too? Then make him a scarf in those colors.

But, I might just use the pattern and do my own thing. The Harry Potter pattern was found while I was doing a search for knitted scarves. It was created by knitting designer, Lauren Kent. I retrieved the Hogwarts scarf knitting pattern via the WayBack Machine since the site knit.atypically.net, is now inaccessible. Even though it’s paid until 2013. Perhaps she’ll start writing again? Who knows, I’m thrilled that I was able to retrieve the pattern.

My next decision is to choose a yarn. The knitted scarf has to be warm, servicable, ย and definitely something that can be tossed into the washer without fear of shrinking, since I know my mother would be quite annoyed if she had to use a special setting for my fathers hand-knit scarf.

You know…

If I were a Harry Potter character, I most likely would be Luna Lovegood. I really don’t care what people think about my choices. I don’t mind differing opinions, in fact, I find it refreshing… But if a person thinks I’ll change my mind on something I strongly believe in, because I’m “pressured”… well they don’t know me as well as they think. ย Why would I do that? If it goes against my belief system…

Some of ย my friends/acquaintances tell me that I march to the beat of a different drummer. In all honesty, I think that’s a polite way to same I’m, barking mad.

8 Comments

  • Teeni says:

    Luna is one of my favorite characters from the books. And I think they chose a wonderful actress to portray her in the movies. I wish she was featured more but I realize she was not a “major” character. Anyway, that is neat that you got the Hogswarts scarf pattern. Did you decide what “house” to put your dad in? Or will you create your own color combo?

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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Teeni, I thought about it, and decided to make the scarf to match the hat. The hat is black with about three rows of cranberry crocheted at the end. It makes a nice trim. I took photos of my father, but he made gave me his super goofy looks, so I think I’ll keep those pictures to myself, lol.

    I think I’ll make large blocks of black, with thin strips of cranberry to separate the blocks. To keep it “manly” and not to busy you know. I know my father so well. I’ll do a test scarf for one of my daughters dolls to see how I like it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If you know of a good yarn let me know. I’m thinking of a polyester/wool blend. It can be washed, the wool will make it warmer, and it’s durable.
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  • Felicia says:

    I don’t know much about Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter books, but in the movies, I love her happy, bubbly and somewhat “careless” character! She makes me laugh whenever she appears in the scenes with unusual getups, and somehow it looks cute on her.

    I wish I could knit as fast as you do, but sadly I guess I’m not fit for crocheting/knitting projects.

    My dad usually likes shades of gray, black, brown, blue. Typical manly colors, I guess.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Felicia, I haven’t seen the later movies, so I haven’t seen the actress who played her, but eventually I’ll get around to checking out the movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you want to crochet or knit, give it a try. Crochet works up a lot faster, once you get it, initially it took a while two – three weeks before my stitches weren’t so whacky, and about a month before I could really crochet. Knitting a scarf takes much longer. This current scarf should be finished this weekend, if I work on it daily. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My dad usually likes shades of gray, black, brown, blue. Typical manly colors, I guess.

    My dad likes “manly” colors too, which is why I was sort of surprised he liked the hat. Well it was mainly black, with a cranberry trim to edge it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Since that hat was crocheted, it didn’t take as long as a knitted version. Perhaps two hours?
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    Felicia Reply:

    Iโ€™ll follow your advice and see if I can learn crochet, and this time Iโ€™ll practice more! I actually had a hard time doing a crochet project when I was in my elementary days, and I ended up having my best friend do it for me, coz try as I might, the end product does not still look too good to my liking, even if I crochet so slowly. Thanks for giving me the motivation! Iโ€™ll start practicing on my old yarns then ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Teeni says:

    Oh, I think the big blocks of black with the thin strips of cranberry to accent it sounds very nice and manly as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ You know, I absolutely loved the Wool-Ease brand of yarn by Lion Brand because it was a beautiful blend that washed and dried in machines very well. However, the last few times I was at Michael’s, they were only carrying the bulky kind, not the worsted. So I need to go to Lion Brand’s site and see if they are still making it. As for acrylic, I tried Vanna’s brand yarn and am using it in the afghan I am currently making but was not as happy with it as I thought I would be. They didn’t have one of the colors I needed in Vanna’s brand so I got a similar one called Loops and Thread for that color (which may be Michael’s own brand) and that one was a much nicer acrylic (doesn’t split as much and seems tighter woven) and you got a lot more yarn for less than Vanna’s (4.5 oz versus 3.5 oz)! I haven’t price shopped at A.C. Moore’s yet to compare because it is farther away from me than the Michael’s, but I will check it out next time I go there. I wonder if A.C. Moore’s carries their own brand as well?

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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Teeni, I wonder if you got a bad batch? The Vanna yarn I purchased didn’t split. It was only in 100 yards, so I had to purchase a few. I should have purchased about five more for this scarf. ?If it was really bad splitting, it might be worth to call their customer service and let them know, some companies will replace the yarn

    But, I didn’t know how much was needed at the time. Of course, when I stopped by the store to pick up the rolls I needed. They were all gone. No surprise there since the yarn is on sale for $1.00.

    I’ll have to try the Wool-Ease to see how I like it. And yes, Loops & Threads, is exclusive to Michaels.
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  • Teeni says:

    Just checked and they still make Wool-Ease. Maybe it is just seasonal at Michael’s or something. But at least I know I can get it online. Whew! I was worried there for a minute.

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