Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fred and George's Rescue Vests

When Fred and George Weasley help pilot the car that rescues Harry from the Dursley residence, they are wearing wonderfully striped knitted vests. Unfortunately for knitters, the pair are still very much background characters, and so there aren't many clear screen caps of the vests, nor is there a pattern.

What is clear, is that the vests are striped, and a combination of tans, olives, and browns. the ribbing at the sleeves, neck, and waist is olive, and the stripes within the vest itself appear to be knit with a seed stitch texture.

As I said, there's no pattern written for this vest as of yet, but any men's vest pattern could be used, and the strip pattern worked over it to give the look.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Molly Weasley's Self-Knitting Blanket

Molly Weasley's self-knitting blanket is possibly my favorite knitted item in all of the Harry Potter movies. I've wished more than once to be able to charm my own needles into whipping up projects while I sleep, I assure you! And while I've yet to master this skill, making a blanket like this might just make up for it.

While no pattern exists (yet) for Molly's Blanket, the pattern looks easy enough to replicate with slipped stitches. Simply cast on your desired number of stitches and work in stockinette, slipping every other stitch on the row WHILE you're changing colors. That will carry the previous color up to the next row without having to do any stranded color work. What a great way to use up leftover bits!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Starting Next week, the chamber of secrets!

It seems silly, but we are already done documenting the knitted items in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! It has been well documented that the costume department didn't start using knits more liberally until a few movies in, and that is evident by their distinct lack of presence early on.

Starting Monday, I'll document the knitted items in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and I'm so excited for this! The movie starts off almost immediately with hand knits, and while there still aren't many featured while the students are at Hogwarts, their time spent away from school is practically littered with hand knit items!

As always, if you know of a hand knit item I have missed during documenting these movies, please let me know via e-mail (shemakeshats-at-gmail-dot-com). I definitely want to have all hand knit items accounted for!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Draco Malfoy Vist To Hagrid's Sweater, Sorcerer's Stone

During their visit to Hagrid's hut, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are caught by Draco, who then tells Professor McGonagall of their late night activities. While Draco is punished as well, to his chagrin, the entire evening is spent in a knitted turtleneck sweater.

Draco's grey turtleneck sweater is similar to that worn by Oliver Wood while he teaches Harry the rules of Quidditch, but features a smaller rib pattern, and looks to use a thinner weight yarn. No pattern currently exists for this specific sweater, but a quick Ravelry search should yield enough similar sweaters to give you a choice.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ron Weasley Visit To Hagrid Sweater, Sorcerer's Stone

As they are figuring out just how dangerous Hogwarts can truly be, Harry, Ron, and Hermione take a visit to Hagrid's hut, seeking answers to questions about the three-headed dog they encountered. You can see Harry wearing his green cabled Christmas sweater, and you can't see if Hermione is wearing a sweater, but you can also see Ron's striped sweater.

While there's no way to tell if the sleeves of Ron's crew neck navy blue sweater contain grey stripes like the body, it is clear he is wearing a sweater. I love simple sweaters like this on men and boys - just a few stripes for a bit of knitter interest, while still neutral enough you're almost guaranteed the recipient will wear it regularly.

Ron's striped sweater can be made using your favorite crew neck sweater pattern, with the main body navy blue and a bit of grey stripe for interest.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ron Weasley Christmas Sweater, Sorcerer's Stone

During Harry's first Christmas at Hogwarts, we're introduced to the Weasley Chirstmas sweater, a tradition of Molly's. Each of her children receives a tweedy sweater with their first initial on it each year. Above you can see Ron's sweater, dark red with a gold R.

Many patterns have been written for this sweater, so I've included a few below.

The Weasley Sweater, from Charmed Knits
Harry Potter Sweater, from Rowan Pride and Joy: Harry Potter
The Original Harry Potter Sweater (this one claims to be the actual pattern used for the sweaters in the movie!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Harry's Wizard's Chess Sweater from Sorcerer's Stone

During Harry's first Christmas spent at Hogwarts, Ron teaches him to play Wizard's Chess. While this skill will come in handy later in the movie, I fell in love with Harry's green cabled sweater - the exact same sweater as the one he wears when he encounters the Mirror of Erisad and also meets Voldemort for the first time!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Harry Potter's Red Cabled Sweater from Sorcerer's Stone

Worn several times in The Sorcerer's Stone, Harry's red cabled sweater is just about perfection. Worn both when he encounters the Mirror of Erisad, and also when he fights Voldemort the first time, this red cabled sweater sees much wear and tear, obviously loved dearly.

A pattern for this sweater was written out in the book Charmed Knits, and is sized to fit a wide variety of people.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

House Sweaters

Making their debut in the first movie, you can see the students wearing House Sweaters under their robes, which they will wear throughout their time at Hogwarts. These grey stockinette sweaters have house colors accenting the v-neck and the waist ribbing, and show off your favorite house with subtlety and perfection.

As with the House Scarves, many people have written patterns for this sweater - I'm sharing a few favorites here.

Harry Potter Uniform Sweater, by Katie Marcus
House Sweater, from Charmed Knits
The Wizard School Sweater Pattern, from The Leaky Cauldron
Hogwarts School Vest, by Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear

Saturday, January 3, 2015

House Scarves, Years One and Two

While the Hogwarts House Scarves change after the first two years, these tend to be the scarves people make when they make House Scarves for costumes and presents. Because of this, there is also a wide variety of both knit and crochet patterns you can use to make your very own House Scarf.

House Scarves Year 1 and 2, Charmed Knits
Harry Potter Scarf, by Allison Blevins
Done By Halloween Harry Potter Scarf, by Abby Tohline
Harry Potter Scarf, by Holli Dapp
Harry Potter Wizard Scarf, by Lion Brand - knit version and crochet version
Harry Potter Scarf, by Jillian Wong
Hogwarts Scarf, The Leaky Cauldron

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hermione's Gloves, Sorcerer's Stone

While watching the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, Hermione wears her first hand knit items - a house scarf (featured tomorrow) and her hand knit gloves.These simple grey gloves are the epitome of Hermione wear - completely functional, perfectly neutral so as to be worn every day, and without frill and fuss.

To make a pair of gloves like Hermione's, any glove pattern may be used. I like to imagine these are gloves Hermione's mother made for her and sent in her trunk so she'd have something of home and the Muggle world with her as she learned magic.

Image Source: Home of the Nutty (some images were cropped)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Quidditch Sweaters

Who knew how hard it would be to get a still shot of the Quidditch sweaters worn in The Sorcerer's Stone?! After much searching, this is the best screen capture I could find, as most were blurry due to Quidditch action.

Lack of photos aside, the Quidditch sweater is another perfect everyday sweater featured in the Harry Potter movies. All-over ribbing and block striping set this sweater apart, while the construction and fit mean it can be worn by both men and women.

Several patterns for this sweater exist, in both DK and worsted weight.

Quidditch Sweater, by Anne Bergeron (Charmed Knits)
Quidditch Sweater, by Ashwinder (free pattern!)
Harry Potter Replica Quidditch Sweater, by Greg Steiner (Ravelry purchase)

Most people, if they've made this sweater, have used the Charmed Knits pattern, but there are two others available for those looking for a different version. You can also find several patterns for mini sweaters modeled after this sweater, but I have not linked to them.

Image Source: Home of the Nutty (some images were cropped)