The House Stripe Pattern

What about the House stripe pattern for wizard school knitwear?

The stripe sequence of "House" colors is added to specific places, depending on the style of sweater you are knitting:

"How do I compare misses sizes to a junior sizes? I really don't know which I should order or which size would be a better fit."

Get out your measuring tape because there is a difference between each size range. The questions here is how does a Misses size compare to a Junior size.

In an earlier post, we covered the differences between the two size ranges but here are the measurements to determine specifically which Junior size comes closest to an "8" in the Misses size range.

There is one other factor which can throw off all "sizing" and measurements - how generous the manufacturer is in their idea of sizing. The easiest way to put it is this...when it comes to comparing sizes, the more expensive the brand, the more true to size and the more generous the wearing ease.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try on various sweaters of the same size but from different labels and manufacturers? Try it sometimes - you will be amazed.

Let's start by comparing Misses sizes to Junior sizes.

The difference is not just in the finished measurements. You can also tell the difference in the construction and finishing method. The high end garments will be full fashioned (individual garment pieces are made separately then assembled) rather than completed using the cut and sew method.

The big ticket items also provide you with more wearing ease above and beyond the design ease.

Please note that the measurements given below are your actual measurements not the finished measurements of the garment itself.

Also, the style of a garment will affect how it fits - outerwear [jackets, vests, coats and cardigans] has varying amounts of added wearing ease - they are designed to be layered over other garments.

Certain sweater styles have "negative" wearing ease...in other words they are literally smaller than your actual body measurements.

  • The Original "CoS" Style: In the neckband and along the bottom of the body.
  • The Newer "PoA" Style: Along the bottom of the body and the sleeves.We suggest adding the stripe pattern 1 or 2 rows above the bottom ribbing.
  • This holds true whether you are knitting the vest, the school sweater or the cardigan. It is our opinion, with the benefit of experience, that adding stripes or any fair-isle design, a couple rows above the ribbing prevents the ribbed stitches from distorting the edge of the design.

    The stitch distortion is particularly noticeable when knitting the stripe pattern with worsted weight yarns.

    Again, this is OUR opinion but the idea here is to reproduce the "look" of the Hogwarts© school uniform knits, which includes the proportion of the stripe as a pattern over the entire sweater.

    We will leave the ultimate placement, and size, of this stripe pattern up to the individual knitter as there are numerous and differing opinions as to the "authentic" placement of the stripe.

    The sample on the immediate left, knit in Patons® Classic Merino Wool, illustrates a 2/2/2 "COS style" stripe sequence. At this stitch and row gauge, the House stripe pattern is .94 inches wide.

    The width of the full stripe may be "in proportion" for an adult sized sweater but too wide, and seemingly out of proportion on a child's pullover.

    When knitting a child's sweater, you may want to reduce the width of the stripe by knitting in a 1/1/1 row sequence.

    Displayed below are three stripe patterns knit in various fibers.

    They illustrate the difference in the width of the stripe pattern when using different fibers.

    On the left, is a "PoA" stripe knit with KnitPicks© Merino Wool. In order to achieve the narrow/wide/narrow look of th PoA stripe, and maintain a good proportion, we had to reduce the stripe pattern to a total of four rows.

    The blue and silver, trapped bar stripe pattern pictured in the middle was knit in Patons© Classic Merino Wool. In this rib knit sample, a 4 row stripe was nearly one inch wide.

    However, when knit in stockinet stitch, using the same Merino Wool, the classic Chamber of Secrets® styled House stripe pattern should not be more than four rows wide in order to maintain proportion in an adult sized sweater.

    KnitPicks Merino Wool
    Lion Brand Wool Ease
    Red Heart Yarns

    Hogwarts® Styled House Stripes