Wednesday, July 13, 2011

House Elf Knits – Stylish Fashions for Freeing Your Elves!

A friend is cosplaying as Xenophilius Lovegood for the opening night of the final Harry Potter film, and will be handing out copies of The Quibbler. This is my contribution. It's a very simple pattern, I had to estimate the size of a house elf. Feel free to share, modify, comment, etc.

If you’re a progressive witch or wizard, you are well aware of the deplorable conditions suffered by house elves across the country. If you are looking for a way to free your elf in style, look no further! This is a quick project even for muggles, and with two stylish looks (one lacy for female elves, one simple for for males) you can create styles to please any discerning individual! This project is a great way to use up scraps of different colors or show off your handspun.

Materials needed: 200 grams/440 yards worsted weight yarn, size 6 circular needle (at least 36 inches long), size 6 double-pointed needles if desired, one large button for closure.

Cast on 4 stitches, divide onto double pointed needles or use magic loop method on circular needle, join to work in the round.

Round 1 (and all odd-numbered rows): Knit

Round 2: KFB (for male version) or *k1, yo* (for female version), 8 stitches total. Place a marker after each stitch, using a different marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

Round 4: KFB or *K1, yo* 16 stitches total.

Round 6: *k to last st before marker, KFB or k1, yo last stitch*

Continue alternating one round of plain knitting and round 6 until there are 21 stitches in each section. Work arm holes as follows.

Round 1: Cast off 21 stitches (entire first section), knit 2 more sections plain (42 stitches), cast off 21 stitches (entire fourth section), knit to end of round.

Round 2: Cast on 21 stitches using backwards loop or knitted cast-on method, knit 2 more sections plain (42 stitches), cast on 21 more stitches, knit to end of round.

Round 3: Work as round 6 above

Round 4(and all even rounds): knit.

Continue alternating rounds 3 and 4 until there are 42 stitches in each section.
Work button hole as follows.

Round 1: Cast off 6 stitches, knit to end of round.

Round 2: Cast on 6 stitches, knit to end of round.

Work 6 rounds in k2, p2 ribbing. Bind off loosely. Attach button to correspond with button hole, this will vary depending on the size of your elf. Block flat if desired. When worn, the top of the circle will fold down to make a collar. It would also be easy to pick up stitches around the arm holes to create sleeves for your elf.

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