Knit a Harry Potter sweater

Just like the sweaters Mrs. Weasley made for her kids and Harry in the first movie, this simple oversize sweater -- in sizes from toddler to adult XXL -- is knit in a tweedy yarn with an initial on the front.

By Alison Hansel

Materials, recommended colours
Weasley sweaters for everyone! Just like the sweaters Mrs. Weasley made for her kids and Harry in the first Harry Potter movie, this simple oversize sweater is knit in a tweedy yarn with an initial on the front. The sweater is a basic, drop-shoulder style, with sleeves knit down from the body of the sweater so there's minimal seaming. And because it's knit at such a comfortable gauge and is oversize, this project is great for a beginner charming up a sweater for the first time. The initial can even be worked into the front with duplicate stitch! The soft and rather luxurious tweedy cashmere blend balances the intentional homeliness of the sweater: It may have the look of Weasley clothes, but it feels divine! And don't worry about it being perfect -- Molly wouldn't.

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Click to view chart for letter H
• Click to view sizing chart for pattern pieces

Finished size
Toddler (Child S, Child M, Child L/Adult S, Adult M, Adult L, Adult XL, Adult XXL)

To fit chest: 20 (24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48)" [51 (61, 71, 81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm]

Circumference: 24 (28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)" [61 (71, 81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm]

Length: 13 (16, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32)" [33 (40.5, 51, 61, 66, 71, 76, 81.5) cm]

Sample shown: Size Child M

Note: This sweater includes a lot of ease because it looks so great oversize!

You need: 
• Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere, 104 yd [95 m] per 50 g ball), #129 Enamel (colour A), 4 (6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20) balls, and #114 Vermouth (colour B), 1 ball
• Or similar yarn that knits to specified gauge: heavy-worsted-weight wool or wool-blend yarn, about 400 (595, 855, 1,090, 1,310, 1,510, 1,760, 2,010) yd [366 (544, 782, 997, 1,198, 1,381, 1,609, 1,838) m
• US 8 [5 mm] needles
• US 8 [5 mm] 16" [40 cm] circular needle
• Stitch holder
• Stitch markers
• Tapesty needle

Other recommended colours
• For Ron: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed #127 Posie (colour A)
• For the Weasley twins: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed #126 Highland (colour A)
• For Percy: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed #141 Bark (colour A)

Gauge
16 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st using size 8 [5 mm] needles

Stitch guide for this project
Stockinette stitch (St st) Worked in Rows:
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Rep Rows 1 and 2.

Double Rib (2x2) Worked in Rows over a Multiple of 4 sts plus 2:
Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end of row.
Rep Rows 1 and 2.

Stockinette stitch (St st) Worked in Rounds:
Knit all sts.

Back
With colour A, CO 50 (58, 66, 74, 82, 90, 98, 106) sts.

Work in St st, as described in the stitch guide, until piece measures 13 (16, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32)" [33 (40.5, 51, 61, 66, 71, 76, 81.5) cm] from CO edge (uncurl lower edge to measure correctly), ending with a WS row completed.

Shape shoulders
Next row (RS): BO 15 (17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32) sts, knit to end.
Next row (WS): BO 15 (17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32) sts, purl to end.
Place rem 20 (24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 38, 42) sts on st holder for the neck.

Mark beg of armhole by measuring 6 (7-1/2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)" [15 (19, 23, 25.5, 28, 30.5, 33, 35.5) cm] down from each shoulder and tying scraps of yarn through the edge st at each end of row to use as markers.


Page 1 of 3 -- Learn how to shape the neck and design the front of Harry's sweater on page 2.

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