With "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" in my hot little hands, it was time for a new bookmark.... or several.....
Here are knitting patterns for Harry Potter inspired scarves, for not just Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but also Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 2 schools, 2 styles of scarf bookmark, and the instructions for all the Hogwarts Houses.
The Ilvermorny style is thinner, but requires darning in tails. The Hogwarts style is knitted as a sort of tube which coceals all the backs of the knitting, so is neater, but wider.
Step 1: Hogwarts House Scarf Bookmarks
You will need 4mm double pointed needles, and DK (8ply) yarn in your chosen House colours.
You can make these in any of the house colours. For your reference (main colour is listed first)
Gryffindor - Scarlet and gold
Slytherin - Green and silver
Ravenclaw - Blue and bronze
Hufflepuff - Yellow and black
Cast on 9 stitches in the main color on a 4mm double pointed needle. On the first row knit into the front of the stitch, and place the new stitch on a needle as usual. However, do not remove the back of the stitch yet. Knit into the back and place this stitch onto a second needle. You now have 3 needles running. Repeat this on every stitch on the row. You should end up with 18 stitches, 9 on each needle.
Now you knit in the round.
Knit 6 rotations (rows on each needle in the round).
Change to the secondary colour. Knit 2 rotations.
Knit 8 rotations in the main colour.
Repeat the secondary colour and main colour rotations until you have 5 thin stripes in the secondary colour.
Change back to the main colour.
Knit 6 rotations.
Cast off by holding both needles together, and complete a 3 needle bind off.
Darn in your tails at each end.
Using a crochet hook and short lengths of yarn, pull the yarn through the scarf as shown in the pictures to create tassels.
Step 2: Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Scarf Bookmark
For those wanting an American wizarding school option (or a slightly easier knitting task). The colours and style are based on the description of the Ilvermorney school uniforms on Pottermore.
Now, the American school in the Harry Potter canon has houses, but they all wear the same uniform…. in cranberry and blue…. with a robe tied with a Gordian knot.
This scarf is easier than the Hogwarts one, but you can swap out the colours in either project if you wish to create a scarf in the style you prefer.
Cast on 8 stitches in Cranberry.
This scarf is knit in seed stitch. If you are unused to it, follow this repeating pattern. Row 1: (knit 1, purl 1) repeat to the end. Row 2: (purl 1, knit 1) repeat to the end. Repeat these 2 rows on alternating rows to form the pattern.
Seed stitch 12 rows in cranberry
Change to blue. To keep the right side of the scarf looking neat, knit the first full row of blue.
Using the seed stitch pattern, complete 24 rows.
Change to cranberry. Knit the first row of cranberry.
Using the seed stitch pattern, complete 12 rows in cranberry.
Using both the blue and cranberry yarn, pull loops of yarn through the ends of the scarf as shown in the images to create the tassels.
Using gold yarn, stitch on a gordian knot design. I chose a very simple one. You can do this with more elaborateness if desired.
Darn in your tails.