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Fantastic Knits and Where to Find Them

Privet Drive
I knocked, but no one let me in.

Guess what I did yesterday? Harry Potter Studio Tours! There are so many amazing costumes, let’s have a little look at some people may have missed for inspiration.

An alternative Hogwarts scarf

This is a pretty cool scarf. People normally try to represent their house pride, but this one incorporates all 4, so if you’re unsorted, fancy something a bit different or don’t identify as just one house, this could be a fun little challenge. It’s a simple sticking stitch job with tassels and I’m sure it’s not too hard to get hold of a crest to emblazon it with.

You can almost smell the incense

How much fun could you have putting together a costume for Professor Trelawny? Layers and textures and scarfs and everything. Film Trelawny was no where near how I’d imagined her (I had a history teacher in school I based my image off) and that’s what’s so fun about her. She’s a character you can interpret in so many ways with so many influences.

Not so much sheik, just plain shabby

Ron Weasley’s dress robes made me giggle when I pictured them in the book. and these are pretty close to what I had in my head, but pushed further. How fun would it be to find all the most ridiculous trimmings possible and create an ensemble akin to this? It wouldn’t require a huge amount of skill either. Find some old clothes in a charity shop and just add frills! You don’t even need to sew them on, glue would be fine, and it’s almost a case of the worse it’s done, the better!

I think he’d fiddling with a plug in his pocket, trying to work it out.

Keeping it in the family, Arthur Weasley’s cardigan is pretty sweet. This presents a number of different challenges in terms of construction though. While the first thing you need to do it collect loads of different fabrics in one shade of brown, putting them together could prove tricky. What makes in interesting is looking at woven and knitted and heavy and light fabrics all working together, which is no easy feat. If it was me, I’d look at going down two avenues. Using interfacing, or the final effect being a all encompassing patchwork embellishment enveloping a properly structured garment.

Just the tiniest bit of me was on the look out for Nagini

I know Professor Umbridge is a pretty popular Halloween costume, but have you ever thought about having a go at Bathilda Bagshot? Layers upon layers of greys and textures along side a gaunt looking face. She is being inhabited by a giant snake as well, could be fun to try and include that idea somehow.

Matching scarf and everything

Katie Bell’s coat was a revelation. Seeing up close, it was potentially the most surprising object there. A woolen coat with knitted sleeves! I have no idea who one would begin to tackle this, but I plan to have a go one day. If you want to try, the sleeves looked like they were brioche stitch.

Brb, flying to Hogwarts.

Anywho, don’t think this is all I have to say about Studio Tour, but I’ll have to leave you there today.


Lights! Camera! Knitting!

Inspiration for making something can come from all sorts of places, and one of the ones I am most conscious of using myself is film. I love the costumes, when ever I watch a period drama, I always want to make a dress afterwards. Here are a handful of iconic knits from the world of film.

Tom Hanks – Castaway

I love Tom Hanks. Anyone who knows me will tell you, he is my favorite living actor. If a film is ever made of my life, I want him to play me. (I know, I’m a 20something year old woman, but this man can do no wrong in my eyes.)

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Shame it got ruined by the ocean.
Can you imagine my excitement the first time I saw Castaway, before the floods of tears over the loss of Wilson, when I saw him in this masterful creation? Fair isle, cables and Tom Hanks all in one place! Plus, it’s not the only knitting in the film. Here are two more jumpers (and Helen Hunt).

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I like to think she’s thinking ‘Yey! Jumpers!’
Marilyn Monroe

One day I watched a documentary about the wonderful Marilyn and in it was a shot of her wearing a beautiful cardigan. I was in love.

Diamonds are a girls best friend in this fair isle pattern.
After much Googling, I finally managed to find the right phrase to find a collection of images that would allow me to really study it. This is the only one on the list I’ve actually made. I found an old Starsky and Hutch pattern, researched the unusual stitch and drew out the fair isle element. After a bit of maths and a lot of time, I eventually created something very similar. It’s not perfect, far from, but I am so proud of what I achieved. A whole post devoted to this one will appear in the future.

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games

There is plenty to get inspired by in this franchise, but the cowl worn by Katniss in the opening scene of the second film seems to really have caught the online crafting community in particular.

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It’s so cold she’s wearing it inside.
It’s hard to grab decent images of this creation, especially with the naturalistic camera work and dramatic lighting. If I was going to have a go, I’d try to be inspired by it rather than trying to replicate. I love the shape and colour, but I’d probably make the neck a little lower and see how many styles of cables I could include.

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Much easier to get shots of the back.
Mark Darcy – Bridget Jones’s Diary

The original ‘cheesey Christmas jumper’ in my opinion. In the past few years these garments have become a trendy new tradition which I blame on Colin Firth’s character in this classic rom com.

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It’s only a jumper Bridget.
By today’s standard, it’s actually embarrassingly tame. We see ones that light up, play music, have doors that open as an advent calendar and even animated creations. But back in 2001, this was so unfashionable it made Ms Jones question his suitability to be her partner. Little did she know he was actually incredibly fashion forwards.

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Close up, it’s really not a worthy offering by modern standards.
So many more to write about, another time though.

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