I have read the Harry Potter series more times than I can count. I’m always at some point in the series as it’s a series I can pick up and return to at any point. There is something so comforting about a familiar book. Ultimately I know Harry will win, but I follow the heroes along, laugh with them and mourn with them.
Case in point, a few days ago, I finished Deathly Hallow and immediately started Philosopher’s Stone. Even having read PS countless times, and it is arguably the simplest book in the series, I will still notice little details that I may have skimmed past in previous readings, like this one:
“People stared more than ever on the train. Hagrid took up two seats and sat knitting what looked like a canary-yellow circus tent.”
Yes, Hagrid was a knitter. How this detail escaped me before, I’m not sure, but it jumped out at me this time!
This isn’t the only instance of knitting being mentioned through the series. Mrs Weasley was infamous for knitting the Weasley jumpers, sweaters gifted to the Weasley children, and Harry also, every Christmas, much to Ron’s chagrin. In Order of the Phoenix, Hermione was using magic to speed up her knitting of hats in an attempt to free the Hogwarts House Elves, and perhaps my favourite mention of knitting in the Harry Potter series was Dumbledore’s proclamation of his love for knitting patterns in Half-Blood Prince.
My love for this book series has understandably crept into my knitting. A few years ago, my co-worker commissioned two House scarfs, and I happy obliged.
I used the basic pattern structure of the Year 3-4 scarf to improvise my own Hogwarts House Hand Warmers. Yes, I’m Hufflepuff and Proud!
As well, I’ve long proclaimed my love for Erica Lueder’s Harry Potter inspired patterns on my blog. Her Hermione Every Day Socks are well known and often top the ‘Hot Right Now’ search on Ravelry, but I highly encourage you to check out her other patterns, most of which were inspired in one way or another by a Harry Potter character.
I have another Erica Lueder pattern on my needles right now, and I’m a few rounds plus the toe away from being finished the pair. I can’t wait to show pictures of the finished socks. The pattern was tedious to follow, but my goodness the finished fabric is beautiful. Totally worth it.
Also on my needles is the Time Turner Shawl by Elizabeth Saxton. Saxton describes the lace as being reminiscent of Hermione’s time turner from Prisoner of Azkaban, and when looking for a pattern to truly highlight my stunning Manos yarn, I knew this was the one.