Knitting Pattern Collection:
Knit Your Own "Wizard Wear"

"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.

School Sweater Pattern

The School Sweater Pattern provides you with quick and easy directions to knit what is an essential component of your Wizard School uniform wardrobe.

Hobbie's original knitting pattern for the Chamber of Secrets® styled costume prop is for a V-neck pullover sweater (jumper) in Misses size 12-14.

This version of the school sweater is knit in Lion Brand® Wool Ease, a worsted weight yarn. Although the Wool Ease is quick to knit and inexpensive, future patterns will be written up using Patons® Classic Merino wool - a somewhat lighter weight yarn with a great hand.

The Ladies 12-14 is designed for a wizard student with an actual bust measurement of 40 inches. We've added 2.6 inches of wearing ease, which is a minimum amount for a garment intended to be layered over a long sleeved shirt. This minimum wearing ease produces a more "fitted" look.

This pattern is for a V-neck pullover with set-in sleeves, in regular length [which can easily be adjusted], and with a ribbed band at the bottom of the sweater body. The long, tapered sleeves feature a ribbed cuff. The neck-band is a single ribbed band.

This is a quick and easy pattern written for the beginning knitter with experience in basic knitting techniques. We also assume you are able to make minor adjustments [lengthening sleeves or body] to the pattern to suit your sizing preference.

 Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Superwash Sport Wt 100% Lamb's Pride Worsted by Brown Sheep - #03

Knitting Pattern Hints And Tips

Yarn colors for Hogwarts knits

Depending on the way you knit [loosely or tightly], you may need to change to larger or smaller knitting needles to achieve the gauge used in this pattern.

Please read through the entire pattern before beginning to knit and review the notes at the end of the pattern directions.

Remember that in order for your vest to be the correct size, according to the diagram, it is not the type or brand of yarn you knit with that matters, but the accuracy of the stitch and row gauge.

If you feel your gauge is somewhat off from the suggested stitch and row measurement, be sure to follow the measurements on the diagram.

The school uniform knits are basically stocking stitch and 1 by 1 ribbing. The stripe pattern is nothing more than a change in yarn colors. Quick and easy knitting made even simpler when you shop at Joann. It's worth a visit to the store and we may even cross paths in their yarn department.

Have Any Questions?

...related to our knitting patterns?

We've made it easy for you to ask questions, get answers, post a comment to this page and share them with visitors to Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear.

We receive many email inquiries related to our wizard wear knitting patterns.

While certain questions relate to a personal pattern we drafted by special request, most questions submitted by visitors are often very general in nature.

Other questions cover a wide range of specific knitting topics beneficial to all new knitters but also of interest to everyone. A sampling of the questions related to our knitting patterns include:
  • How to get the correct stitch and row gauge.
  • How to lengthen the sleeve or the body length.
  • Can you use a totally different yarn?

school sweater

My name is Lily, and I purchased one of your kits to build my complete Hogwarts replica Uniform. 

I loved the experience I had with the patterns. They were easy to follow, and I had a great time putting together the outfit. I used your pattern to make my sweater, and then also purchased a sweet robe.   I had no problem following the pattern instructions, and I love the sweater very much. To complete the outfit I also made my knee high socks, yet I purchased the skirt off another website due to the look that I wanted to achieve. 

I've worn this outfit a few days that I wanted to have fun and bug my co-workers, since they know I absolutely love Harry Potter. I plan on wearing it for Halloween. What is unique is that people always stop to let me know that the sweater looks great and they wonder where I got it, I tell them where I got the pattern, and that I made it myself, and they are dumbfounded by how nice it looks.

Thanks for the pattern, and for helping me complete the most awesome costume ever.   Lily 


Knitting Patterns Forum

Did you knit a Wizard School sweater...or two, using a knitting pattern from Hobbie's House? Did you knit the sweaters for yourself or a friend to wear at a Wizarding event or Halloween?

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