Quidditch Scarf for Hufflepuff

This double-thickness scarf is knit in the round using the Magic Loop method. One surface shows a Hufflepuff team pride pattern, and the other is a blank canvas for letters naming your position, house, or name in duplicate stitch, illusion, embroidery or intarsia as you prefer.  Any smooth yarn will do.  You might use a pom-pon or a button for his dear little snout – and if you’re making this for a small child, may I suggest a bobble, so it doesn’t come off?  The sample shown here uses safety eyes; you can also just leave the stitch pattern of the eyes showing.

Hufflepuff Quidditch Scarf

Dragon Colorwork Chart

This little chart is intended as a supplement to the brilliant Hogwarts Double Knitted Bookscarves by the lovely and brilliant Ann Kingstone.  Her charts are available on Ravelry.com, a free site for fiber crafters.  I used this chart to make the double-knitted bookscarf you see here.  It can also be a repeated stranded motif on a hat or socks or sweater yoke, or used singly as intarsia-work, perhaps on the back of a mitten!

Dragon Color Chart

Earth Chart for Brent Annable’s Sphere


Western Hemisphere

This is a modest addition to the geometrifantastic “Stockinette Short-Row Sphere” by Brent Annable, found for free on his web site.  I’ve simply made an intarsia chart to help you turn one of his spheres into a model of Planet Earth.  I mean, every kid needs a stuffy planet, right?  Begin at the International Date Line and work westward (as the sun does).  You’ll find good success with slightly sticky yarns; smooth yarn such as bamboo would be very tricky.  100 yards each of green and blue will be more than sufficient; duplicate stitching Antarctica in white is a nice touch.

Earth Chart for Brent Annable’s Sphere

Cabley Cozy Slippers

Double soles, pretty cables, plus felted bulky wool equal toasty toes!  These use about 100 meters of yarn for each slipper, and I prefer Reynolds Lopi.  One skein will make one woman’s medium slipper.  Cast on an additional 10 stitches and get an extra skein of wool for a much larger foot.  Contrasting dark colors for the soles are recommended.

Cabley Cozy Slippers

Sweetheart Mitten

 

It’s the Cold Latitudes Dilemma – how to hold hands with your sweetie on a romantic walk through the snow without getting frostbite?  A stockinette hand pouch with cuffs!  Add your own beautiful cables or color work, of course.  It goes particularly well with a matching pair of mittens, shared by your non-holding hands. Makes a great Valentine’s or engagement gift. Price is $2.00 through PayPal.  




Damask Blue Shaped Scarf

 

This very wide, very warm scarf is knit as two long stockinette tubes which loop around and under and over one another.  Short rows and wrap-and-turn accomplish the various corners.  This particular cable is copied from the beautiful collarbone tattoos of the talented web spinner at Damask Blue Designs.  The pattern is very much in “beta test” mode, and I’m pleased to offer it for free until it has been thoroughly test-knitted.

Damask Blue Shaped Scarf

 

Kells Headband

Completed cable headbandThis double-thickness headband is knit in the round along the short dimension, adding rows along the long dimension, joined to the provisional cast-on at the back seam. The stockinette inner surface keeps your ears toasty and the beautiful cables of the outer surface, knit against a reverse stockinette background, are copied from Ireland’s great treasure: The Book of Kells.

Kells Headband pdf