Knitting - Plain and Simple"Knitting...
construction of a fabric made of interlocking loops of yarn by means of needles."
It is a simple definition to a means of self expression.
This is without a doubt one of the few crafts that allows you to create a totally unique "fabric" with the use of 2 needles and yarn.
At Hobbie's House, our primary focus to date has been to provide custom made knitwear for wizards of all ages - wizards who do not knit...and a few who do!
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We remain purveyors of quality knits for wizard school uniforms.
However, many wizards, in the process of assembling a complete uniform, wrote to us and expressed a definite interest in knitting their own sweaters.
We now have a growing collection of patterns for wizard school vests, sweaters and cardigans. Do not see the size you need? Be sure to let us know and we will add it to the collection.
To access Hobbie's collection of knitting patterns, all you need to do is subscribe to our Wizard Wear Newsletter. The confirmation email will contain the Login information for the entire list of knitting patterns.
Knitting A Wizard School Sweater
Most school uniform sweaters are plain in style and color.
The Wizard School sweater is no exception. It is stockinet stitch with a narrow trim in House colors.
The sweater's V-neckline is somewhat higher than the standard depth for this type of neckline. It also features a set-in sleeve which is normally a little tricky to fit correctly - it requires several accurate measurements: the back shoulder width, the armhole and the sleeve length.
As with many other needle crafts, knitting highlights the creativity of the knitter and is totally subjective.
As a result, every wizard fan has their own interpretation of the details which make these knits authentic reproductions, especially when it comes to sweater style and colors.Since every costuming enthusiast enjoys a different level of knitting proficiency, we will not presume to teach you how to knit. Hobbie's wizard wear knitting patterns are purposely simple enough for the new and beginning knitter, albeit written assuming that you have:
Perhaps the most important tip we can share with you is the importance of knitting a test swatch and achieving the correct stitch and row gauge - regardless of the recommended size knitting needles. This is not terribly important when you are knitting items such as scarves. However, a fraction of an inch multiplied over 20 or so total inches can result in a sweater small enough to fit a House Elf or large enough for two of you.This is especially true if you are a new knitter, anxious to get started on your first project which happens to be a major component of your wizard costume. To achieve the fit and size written up in the instructions of any knitting pattern you must match the stitch and row gauge as noted in the directions.
Remember that someone else knit the sample sweater and wrote the knitting instructions. So...take the time to knit the swatch, once, twice, three times if needed [buy an extra skein of your sweater yarn for this purpose]; use whichever size knitting needle you need to achieve the stitch and row gauge.It is much quicker to unravel what amounts to a 4 by 4 inch square than find you've just spent a week knitting a sweater you cannot possibly wear.Knitting a sweater takes time so do plan ahead. It is definitely not an overnight project. Your budget will dictate which materials you use. You must also determine whether the sweater you knit falls into one of two categories:
The way we look at it...if you are going to spend the time, and money, to knit a sweater, it would be a shame to wear it only at Halloween or Cosplay events. The wizard sweater is a classic style which can easily be added to your wardrobe to wear with jeans, slacks or a simple skirt.
DisclaimerHobbie's House of Wizard Wear collection of custom knit sweaters, scarves, vests and cardigans are neither official nor licensed Harry Potter© products. These heirloom quality knits are merely reproductions of our own design. We strive to make these, and other costuming pieces, as authentic looking as possible with the use of high quality materials, accurate colors, attention to detail and superior workmanship.
Knitting ResourcesKnitting Patterns
Knitting House Stripes - the only "pattern" required to make a simple sweater or vest look like wizard wear!
Hobbie's sweater Measurements, fit and sizing information.
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