Harry Potter and knitting are a match made in heaven. After all, there’s plenty of knitting references in the Harry Potter books. And there’s plenty more mentions of knitted garments, including hats, socks, scarfs, and of course, the famous Christmas jumpers (sweaters) made by Mrs. Weasly. Mind you, I would argue that you can’t really call it hand knitting, because, as far as we can tell, it’s magic that moves the needles instead, but I’m sure there’s still considerable skill involved in the process.
Many knitters love combining their hobby with the fiction, films and tv shows they love. Some of the most popular posts on this blog have been those on Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars knitting patterns. I confess I rarely knit such patterns myself. On the other hand, I do love browsing such patterns, getting ideas, planning to knit them (and then not doing it).
Those fandoms pale in comparison to the affinity of knitters to the world of Harry Potter
This becomes immediately obvious when one searches for ‘Harry Potter’ in Ravelry groups. There’s nearly a hundred groups dedicated to the books and films, in which thousands of knitters enjoy sharing Pottery chat on those forums. They can be a good resource for patterns too. You can even participate in a Hogwarts House Cup.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits
If you’re looking for an excellent source of Harry Potter Knitting patterns, and you are in the US, I really recommend the Interweave The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits 2013 collection. For just $14.99 you get over thirty knitting patterns, all based on the Harry Potter theme.
There’s shawls, sweaters and socks and all sorts of things. And because it’s Interweave you can trust the patterns will be good quality and customer support will be excellent.
This is a pattern book I’d buy in a heartbeat if it’s ever made available worldwide.
Knit a Harry Potter House Scarf
When you put Harry Potter and knitting in the same sentence, the first thing most people are going to think of is the fantastic house scarf the Hogwarts pupils (and some of the teachers) wear in the films. There’s a ton of patterns out there. I really like this simple recipe by Tom G Varik. It can easily be adapted to match the colours of your favourite house, and it’s free too.
Knitting the Hogwarts House Crests
You want something fancier, you could try this set of charts for the Hogwarts House crests. You can use these to make a scarf, but also plug them into all sorts of other patterns and make your own customised Hogwarts hat, socks or sweater.
An excellent use of the Howarts crests is also seen in this blanket. Looks like a lot of work but what an amazing result.
Harry Potter Illusion Knitting
I’m a big fan of the work of Woolly Thoughts. Combining mathematics with knitting, what they do is definitively art. I’ve never attempted any illusion knitting myself, but I’m awestruck by some of the patterns published, including this amazing portrait of young Mr. Potter.
Harry Potter Sweaters
There’s no shortage of Harry Potter sweater patterns, although some are certainly more visually appealing than others. The Mrs. Weasley Christmas jumper (sorry, using the American word sweater in that sentence just sounds wrong) is really just a standard knitted jumper in your (least) favourite colour with your first initial knitted in. You probably don’t actually need a pattern.
I do quite like some ot the commercial patterns, like this quidditch one.
One of the most popular free sock knitting patterns on Ravelry is Harry Potter inspired. I can personally vouch for this one being very good: Hermoine’s Every Day Sock Pattern.
Of course great imagination of JK Rowling allows for all sorts of other fun things too. How about a flying key?