Winter is upon us, and I really wanted to make a Gryffindor scarf for my son. Trouble is, I don’t know how to knit. And its been years since I crocheted, I was sure I wouldn’t remember how. I needed a way to make a scarf that was so easy, anyone could do it. Even me.
Luckily, I knew of a method that children often use to make tube shaped knits. I looked on YouTube and found a quick video tutorial (which you can find at the bottom of this post).
First thing you need to do is make yourself a loom. If you want a thin scarf, you can use an empty toilet paper roll. If you want a thick scarf, you can use a 2-liter soda bottle. If you want a medium sized scarf, you can use something in between. Basically any sturdy tube shaped object will do. Then just tape popsicle sticks around the top of the tube, to act as spokes.
Make yourself a slip knot with your first color. Burgundy or maroon if you’re making a Gryffindor scarf. Forest green for Slytherin. Dark blue or air force blue for Ravenclaw. Black for Hufflepuff.
Place the slip knot around the first spoke. Tuck the knot and tail inside the tube.
Wrap the yarn around the first spoke twice. Lift the bottom loop up over the spoke, and push it down the back.
Wrap the yarn around the second spoke twice. Lift the bottom loop up over the spoke, and push it down the back.
Keep going, wrapping twice around each spoke the first time around.
When you get back to the first spoke, you can start wrapping the yarn around each spoke once. Continue lifting the bottom loop up over the spoke, and pushing it down the back.
When you’re ready to change colors, simply tie a small knot. For Gryffindor use golden yellow or butternut. Soft grey for Slytherin and Ravenclaw [movies]. Cognac for Ravenclaw [books]. Golden yellow or sunflower for Hufflepuff.
Cut the excess yarn off after the knot. Continue weaving as you were. Tuck the knot on the inside of the tube, where it won’t be seen.
As you work, the scarf will come out the bottom of the tube.
When the scarf is the length that you like, cast off by moving your last loop to the spoke on its right.
Once again, move the loop on the bottom up and over the loop on the top.
Move the remaining loop to the empty spoke on the left and repeat again, moving the loop from the spoke on the left of that to the spoke on the right. Lift the bottom loop up over the top loop. Move the remaining loop to the empty spoke on the left. And so on and so forth until there is only one solitary loop left on all the spokes. Once you get to the very last loop, cut the yarn off a few inches out and tie a knot through that last loop. You’re done!
For a better visual, I found this video tutorial helpful.
Now all you need is a wand.