Knitting & Crochet

Knit a Harry Potter sweater

By: Alison Hansel

Author: Canadian Living

Knitting & Crochet

Knit a Harry Potter sweater

By: Alison Hansel

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.

Front
Work as for back until piece measures 4-1/2 (6-1/2, 9-1/2, 12-1/2, 13-1/2, 15-1/2, 16-1/2, 18-1/2)" [11.5 (16.5, 24, 31.5, 34.5, 39, 42, 47) cm] from CO edge (uncurl lower edge to measure correctly), ending with a WS row completed.

At this point, you need to decide whether to add the H now, using the intarsia method, or continue knitting in colour A and add the H later, using duplicate stitch.

Adding H with duplicate stitch only
If you plan to add the initial H later by using duplicate stitch, continue knitting in St st until piece measures 10-1/2 (13, 17-1/2, 20-1/2, 22, 24, 25-1/2, 27-1/2)" [26.5 (33, 44.5, 52, 56, 61, 65, 70) cm] from CO edge (uncurl edge to measure correctly), ending with a WS row completed.

Adding H with intarsia method only
To knit the initial H using the intarsia method, centre the H as follows:

Row 1 (RS): K15 (19, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42) sts in colour A, then follow row 1 in the appropriate colour chart for the size you're making (click here for chart), joining new ball of yarn for each separate colour and twisting the yarns around each other when switching colours to avoid gaps in the work.

Continue following chart over the centre 20 (20, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22) charted sts. When chart row 1 is complete, join new ball of colour A and knit rem 15 (19, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42) sts.

When the charted rows are finished, continue working in St st with colour A only until piece measures 10-1/2 (13, 17-1/2, 20-1/2, 22, 24, 25-1/2, 27-1/2)" [26.5 (33, 44.5, 52, 56, 61, 65, 70) cm] from CO edge (uncurl edge to measure correctly), ending with a WS row completed.

Shape neck opening
Next row (RS): K31 (36, 40, 45, 49, 54, 59, 64), slip last 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 20, 22) sts worked onto stitch holder for centre neck, k19 (22, 26, 29, 33, 36, 39, 42).

Work right shoulder (as worn) sts only:

Row 1 (WS): Purl to last 3 sts before neck opening, p2tog, p1 -- 18 (21, 25, 28, 32, 35, 38, 41) sts rem.
Row 2 (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to end of row -- 17 (20, 24, 27, 31, 34, 37, 40) sts rem.

Rep last 2 rows 0 (0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3) times more -- 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 33, 34) sts rem.

Next row (WS): Purl.
Next row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to end of row -- 16 (19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 32, 33) sts rem.

Rep these 2 rows 1 (2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1) times more -- 15 (17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32) sts rem.

Continue in St st without further shaping 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 edge to measure correctly), ending with a RS row completed.

Next row (WS): BO rem 15 (17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32) sts pwise.

Join yarn at armhole edge of left side (as worn) and shape neck and shoulders as for right side, reversing all shapings, as follows:

Row 1 (RS): Knit to last 3 sts before neck opening, ssk, k1 -- 18 (21, 25, 28, 32, 35, 38, 41) sts rem.
Row 2 (WS): P1, p2tog, purl to end of row -- 17 (20, 24, 27, 31, 34, 37, 40) sts rem.

Rep these 2 rows 0 (0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3) times more -- 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 33, 34) sts rem.

Next row (RS): Knit.
Next row (WS): P1, p2tog, purl to end of row -- 16 (19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 32, 33) sts rem.

Rep these 2 rows 1 (2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1) times more -- 15 (17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32) sts rem.

Continue in St st without further shaping 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 edge to measure correctly), ending with a WS row completed.

Next row (RS): BO rem 15 (17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32) sts.

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 a spare scrap of yarn around edge st.

Sew shoulder seams together using backstitch or grafting.


Page 2 of 3 -- Ready to finish your sweater? We show you how on page 3.

Sleeves
With RS facing, pick up 48 (60, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112) sts between front and back armhole markers on one side of body.

Beg with WS row, work in St st for 5 (9, 11, 11, 11, 11, 9, 3) rows.

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Sleeve decreases

Dec row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 -- 46 (58, 70, 78, 86, 94, 102, 110) sts.

Rep dec row every 4th row 10 (14, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28, 32) times more -- 26 (30, 34, 38, 38, 42, 46, 46) sts.

Work even until sleeve measures 9 (12, 15, 17, 18-1/2, 19-1/2, 20-1/2, 22)" [23 (30.5, 38, 43, 47, 49.5, 52, 56) cm], ending with a WS row completed.

Cuff
Row 1 (RS): *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 (WS): P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end of row.

Rep rows 1 and 2 until cuff measures 2 (2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2, 3, 3)" [5 (5, 6.5, 6.5, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5, 7.5) cm]. BO in patt.

Work second sleeve same as the first.

Neck
Return back neck sts to needle, join new yarn at right edge (as worn) of back neck, and, with 16" [40 cm] circular needle, knit across 20 (24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 38, 42) sts from back neck. Pick up and k10 (12, 14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18) sts along left side of neck. Place 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 20, 22) front neck sts on needle and knit across sts. Pick up and k10 (12, 14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18) sts along right side of neck -- 52 (62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 94, 100) sts.

Pm to note beg of rnd and join in a circle, being careful not to twist sts. Knit every rnd for 2 (2, 2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2, 3, 3)" [5 (5, 5, 6.5, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5, 7.5) cm]. BO loosely.

Finishing
Block all pieces to size, according to yarn manufacturer's instructions.

If you did not use the intarsia method, add initial with duplicate st.

Sew side and sleeve seams using mattress st.

Weave in all rem ends.

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Excerpted from Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel. Copyright 2007 by Wiley Publishing, Inc. Excerpted with permission from Wiley Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.




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