This Friday, I’m proud to say that I finished the Harry Potter scarf I’ve been working on since January! This is my third time doing one of these. This one is for a friend-of-a-friend who is going through some tough times … I have to admit, I had a hard time motivating myself to do yet more stockinette, but I designated this project as my penance knitting about two weeks ago, and that did the trick. Poof, done!
Project: Harry Potter Scarf
Designer: (I copied from the movie stills)
Available: short-hand directions below!
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Hollyberry and Gold
- Cast on 70 sts (use Judy’s Magic Cast On)
- YO at both edges on first round — this will be the sit of your slipped-st edge
- work in the round in stockinette, slipping the edge sts every other round (except, after a 3-row CC stripe, just knit the MC around with no slipped sts)
- Stripes like this:
- 26 rounds MC
- 3 rounds CC
- 6 rounds MC
- 3 rounds CC
- repeat stripes 13 times, then do 26 more rounds of MC
- end by ktog the edge sts on one last round, then kitchener together
- fringe like this:
- 12-in strands
- each bundle: 3 MC and 1 CC
- attach every other st
Almost every knitter I’ve ever talked to has a project that they love, but can’t bring themselves to work on. Sometimes it’s because there is a long stretch of “boring” knitting, like the endless stockinette in my Arctic Faery Ring Cardigan. First there was the skirt (ENDLESS), which I powered through because at least there was decreasing every so often, plus cables to look forward to. I did the sleeves two-at-a-time to avoid SSS (Second Sleeve Syndrome), but stalled out on the hood. Seriously — I had the entire body done, the sleeves done and set in, but I couldn’t get myself to work on the hood. It was killing me.
Conversely, the other end of the spectrum of knitting difficulty can stall a knitter just as bad as doldrum knitting. I have a certain blanket that has languished since July because the border is tricky and requires my full attention. I can’t quit halfway through a repeat without paying (and paying) later on. I don’t dare pick it up unless I know I have enough time and attention to finish a full repeat. So my pretty, soft lap blanket sits with two borders done, and two still waiting.
The cardigan and the blanket both suffered further, because they were both for ME — no deadline, nobody waiting, no guilt to spur me on. And, in the end, guilt is KEY for finishing this type of project. I call the work “penance knitting” for a reason. My technique is simple: I choose a very appealing project with pretty yarn and a fun pattern, and set it in front of myself. Then, I require myself to knit a certain number of rows of my penance project, before I allow myself to work on the reward project.
I hate to say it, but right now my penance knitting project is my third (yes, third) Harry Potter scarf. It seems like it’s taking forever, which is kind of true … because I keep looking at it and groaning. Time to bump it up in the priority queue and get it done! Here are the first two scarves, to further inspire and castigate me :).
What project do you have, languishing in mostly-done state on the needles, that could be finished with a little penance knitting?