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How to Make Your Own Slytherin Scarf

SultanaBun By SultanaBun Published on September 19, 2016

This cunning Slytherin scarf will add a splash of house colour to your wizarding robes or make a daring statement when under-cover in Muggle attire. No spells or potions are required as this very easy pattern won't cost you a knut

Mistake stitch assures a lovely, deep and squishy rib which has the great advantage of avoiding any curling-in of your scarf. The traditional trapped bar stripe pattern appears beautifully, as if by magic, on both sides meaning the scarf, effectively, has no wrong side.

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The quick pattern will suffice for those who are masters of the dark knitting arts while the tutorial should help even first year Slytherins to, as the Sorting Hat would sing, achieve their ends.

"Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You'll make your real friends,
These cunning folks use any means
to achieve their ends."

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

1. The Yarn

Whichever house is your best fit, this easy scarf pattern fits all. This Slytherin scarf is made using Stylecraft Special DK in Bottle and Silver. For a Gryffindor scarf use Burgundy and Gold from the same range. The colours Midnight and Camel are a cosy match for Ravenclaw and Black and Saffron would perfectly wrap up a Hufflepuff.

Choose any double knit, or worsted, weight yarn. You will need 2x100g balls of the main colour (Bottle) and 1x100g ball of the contrasting colour (Silver).

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2. The Needles

I use 4mm (US size 6) needles.

Top Tip: Opt for child size knitting needles in aluminium or bamboo (not plastic) which will easily accommodate 51 stitches. The shorter needles are easier for beginners to manage. Furthermore, they facilitate knitting in close quarters, aboard bus, broom or crowded sofa, without fear of stabbing your neighbour. 

3. The Pattern


K: knit

P: purl

  • Using Bottle, cast on 51 stitches.
  • Row 1: *(K2, P2) repeat to last 3 stitches, K2, P1, turn work*. 
  • Next row: Repeat from * to *.
  • Repeat this pattern until you have worked a total of 29 rows.
  • **Work 4 rows in Silver.
  • Work 2 rows in Bottle.
  • Work 4 rows in Silver.
  • Work 29 rows in Bottle**.
  • Repeat from ** to ** ten times to end.
  • Cast off in pattern.
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4. A Tutorial

Cast on 51 stitches.  If you would prefer a wider scarf, simply cast on more stitches. The pattern requires that number of stitches be a multiple of 4 plus 3 more stitches.

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Every row: (K2, P2) repeat to last 3 stitches, K2, P1.

This stitch is sometimes called mistake stitch as it begins life with the appearance of a 2x2 rib gone wrong. 

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Never fear, the deep rib pattern emerges within a few rows.

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A good tip is to make sure you end every row with K2, P1 so that you will never need to rip back more than one row. If you find you have gone wrong, use a reparo spell or, alternatively, just take it slowly, ripping back one stitch at a time, until you find your mistake.

Continue in pattern until you have worked 29 rows. 

Begin the next row using the Silver yarn. Cut the Bottle yarn, leaving an end of about 6 inches for weaving in. Tie a double knot between the Silver yarn and the Bottle end. DO NOT snip off the ends at this stage.

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Work 4 rows, in pattern, using silver.

Begin next row using Bottle. This green stripe is the 'trapped bar' which gives this pattern its name. Because the stripe is very narrow there is no need to break and rejoin the Silver yarn. You may simply carry the yarn up the side of your work and use it again for the next silver stripe.

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Work 2 rows, in pattern, using Bottle.

Work 4 rows, in pattern, using Silver.

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Work 29 rows in Bottle. The number of rows between the blocks of stripes has been deliberately chosen as an odd number so that the colour joins alternate to opposite sides of the scarf thus helping to ensure the scarf has no wrong side.

Continue in this way until you have eleven trapped bars in total. Feel free, of course, to make the scarf longer if you so desire. You should have enough yarn to reach sixteen stripes. Finish the pattern with 29 rows in Bottle.

To cast off in pattern,: begin by knitting two stitches.

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Cast off one by slipping the first stitch over the second stitch.

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Purl the next stitch, as per the pattern.

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Cast off one by slipping the second stitch over the third stitch.

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Continue in the K2,P2 pattern, casting off as you go, and you will create a neat end to your scarf.

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Weaving In The Ends:

Finally, tie up those loose ends. The sides of your scarf will look something like this:

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If you are aware of an effective spell for weaving-in of ends please send it on to me post-haste. The muggle method is to thread the offending end unto a darning needle. Slip the needle, at a diagonal angle, through a couple of stitches up the work.

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Turn the needle and work through a couple of loops down the work.

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By working up and down, rather than darning straight across the work, you will secure the ends without ruining the stretch of the ribbing. Work up again, this time under the ridge of the rib.

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Down once more so that the end is hidden in the trough of the rib and snip off the end. It will disappear. 

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Carry on until you have secured all the loose ends in the same way.

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There you have it. Accio sudarium!

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