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16 August 2006 @ 09:24 am
Harry Potter Knitting - Yarn Options  
Following up from |this post|, I have compiled a list of yarn options for Harry Potter colours. This list is intended to act as a resource for new knitters who need ideas of what yarn to use for their HP projects. This list includes a variety of fibre contents, and where possible lists colour options for all 4 houses. Thank you to everyone who suggested various yarns to add to the list. I hope this will be a useful list!

(This may be a handy post to bookmark.)

Please also feel free to comment if you have NEW suggestions to add to this list, either for colours not listed here of yarns already listed, yarns not already listed here, or online retailers not listed here, or general tips, etc.

Harry Potter Knittng - Yarn Options
Last Updated: August 26, 2006

Yarn retailers* Online:

Crafty Garden (US and Can): http://craftygarden.com
Elann (US, Can, and Int'l): http://www.elann.com
Hello Knitty (US, Can, and Int'l): http://www.helloknitty.com
KnitPicks (US and Can only): http://www.knitpicks.com
Patternworks (US, Can, Int'l): http://www.patternworks.com
Knit Witts: http://www.knitwitts.com/
The Knitting Garden: http://www.theknittinggarden.com
Wool-Tyme: http://www.wool-tyme.com
Yarn Forward (UK, Can, and US): http://www.yarnforward.com/
Yarnware (US, Can, Int'l): http://www.yarnware.com

Elann Yarns and KnitPicks Yarns can only be purchased through their websites. Other yarns listed below can likely be found either online or in various Local Yarn Stores. Big box retailers such as WalMart and Michael's usually have limited supplies and will not carry most of the yarns listed below, but stores that specifically supply yarn and knitting supplies will have more variety. For online purveyors of individual yarn brands, check some of the sites above or try a 'Google' search.

(*Please note: I am not personally endorsing any of these retailers, and nor is (I am guessing) the hp_knitting LJ community. Please purchase at your own discretion and to suit your own needs.)

A Note on Colours

House colours** are listed in this order: (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin)

(**Please keep in mind whether or not you are interested in colours from the first two films, or from Prizoner of Azkaban and beyond. Colours from PoA and beyond are darker than those used in the first two films. The colours listed below may only suit one of those two colour schemes. Viewing colour swatches online can help you decide.)

A Note on Fibre Content
(These are just general comments for anyone who is wondering what the differences are - your mileage may vary as far as price/comfort/personal tastes, from yarn to yarn, but a glance at a typical knitting reference book will obviously yield more detailed discussion on the differences between particular fibre types.)

ALL of these fibres have pros and cons. Choose what suits your needs and desires.

Acrylic/Polyester: Synthetic fibres. These are typically machine washable and often less expensive than other yarns, but also do not 'block' well and are less breathable than natural fibres.

Acrylic/Wool Blends: These are slightly more expensive than 100% acrylic, still machine washable, but also tend to be more comfortable to work with and to wear.

Wool: Wool yarns will 'block' when wet, and wool has some natural elasticity which makes it easy on your hands while you knit. It is very warm even when wet, breathable, and durable. It is often more expensive than synthetic fibres and must always be washed by hand with cold water (unless you want it to shrink up and become felted, in which case go ahead and wash it in hot water), with the exception of "superwash" wool, which may be machine washed.. Some wools are scratchier than others - merino, for example, is considered quite soft, but again, this is often a matter of personal preference. It is an ideal fibre for knitters in cooler climates.

Cotton: Cotton is a natural fibre and will "breathe" more than synthetics. It also tends to produce heavier garments than wool, and so is typically found in sport/DK weights or in a blend with other fibres. Cotton does not hold "stitch definition" as well as wool, and so is not recommended as often for projects involving complicated stitch patterns or cables. 100% cotton has less elasticity than wool, and so can be harder on the hands while you knit, which is why it is often found blended with other fibres. It not as warm as wool and so is a good alternative for knitters living in warmer climates.

Luxury Yarns: Typically, the luxury yarns listed below use some amount of wool in their blend, and also include more luxurious fibres such as alpaca, silk, or cashmere. These combinations tend to be softer and warmer than 100% wool, are more expensive, and must also be washed by hand.

A Note on Yarn Weights

Fingering Weight: 6.75-8 sts per inch. Very thin, typically used to work socks or lightweight sweaters, or baby garments.

Sport Weight: 5.75-6.5 sts per inch. Often used to produce the same kind of garments as worsted weight, but with a lighter fabric.

DK Weight: 5.25-6 sts per inch. DK yarn is very versatile and can be used to knit garments for a variety of seasons.

Worsted Weight: 4.5-5 sts per inch. The most common yarn weight listed below, this is used to knit anything from sweaters to scarves to hats to heavy socks and mittens. Usually used for fall or winter garments. Worsted weight yarn is readily available in a variety of colours and from a variety of retailers.

Bulky Weight: 3-3.75 sts per inch. chunkier yarn, quicker to work up, but also produces larger stitches.

Unless otherwise stated, the yarns listed here are worsted weight.


Caron Simply Soft
(jonquil/black; dk country blue/toasted almond or grey heather; dark sage/grey heathter)

Patons Canadiana
(cranberry or cardinal/gold; gold/black; navy/silver grey mix; dark green/silver grey mix)

Red Heart SuperSaver
(claret/gold; gold/black; Windsor blue/lt grey; dk sage/lt grey)
Red Heart Classic
(cardinal/honey gold; honey gold/black; soft navy/nickel or copper; dark sage/nickel)

Reynolds Utopia
(maroon/maize; sunflower/black; navy or air force blue/soft grey;forest green/soft grey)

Unger Utopia
(maroon or pomegranate/maize; maize or sunflower; black; air force blue/soft grey or cognac; forest green/soft grey)

Acrylic/Wool Blends

Lion Brand Wool-Ease
(cranberry/gold or butterscotch, buttercup or butterscotch/black; navy or blue heather/caramel or grey heather; forest green heather/grey heather or oxford grey)

Patons Decor
(no complete Gryffindor; no complete Hufflepuff; navy/grey heather; rich sage green/grey heather)

Plymouth Encore
(pomegranate/burnt sienna or butternut; butternut or bright yellow/black; delft blue or navy/frost or cognac)

100% Wool

Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (wool/mohair blend)
Brown Sheep Nature Spun (available in worsted weight or sport weight)
(Bordeaux/sunburst gold; pepper black/impasse yellow; china blue or blue knight/silver sage or bev’s bear; enchanted forest/silver sage)

Cascade 220
(Goldenrod/Dark Red; Yellow #7828/Black; Blue #8339/Silver #8509 or Bronze #2414; Dark Green #8629/Silver #8509)

Diamond Galway
(12(burgundy)/1130(gold); 1130(gold)/09(black); 10 (navy)/95 (bronze); no complete Slytherin)

Elann Peruvian Collection Highland Wool
Colour discussion here: http://community.livejournal.com/hp_knitting/437705.html#cutid1
Elann Peruvian Collection Highland Chunky (bulky weight)
Elann Devon (sport weight wool)
(Claret or Ruby/Aztec Gold; Aztec Gold/Ebony; Midnight blue or Royal Navy/Charcoal; Evergreen/Charcoal)

Karabella Aurora 8
(015 Blue/704 Pumpkin)

King Cole Merino Blend DK (superwash wool, DK weight)
(wine or scarlet/amber; amber/black; French nav;y/silver or mid grey or copper; bottle green/silver or mid grey)

Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes
(new heathers - Amber Heather (R) and Lake Ice Heather (R or S) )
Knit Picks’ Merino Style (DK weight)
(fuller KnitPicks Colour discussion here (for WoTA, Merino Style, cotton and luxury yarns): http://community.livejournal.com/hp_knitting/165149.html)
Knit Picks’ Telemark (sport weight)
(no complete Griffyndor or Hufflepuff colours; alpine frost or deep navy/snow leapord or curry; rosemary and snow leapord)
Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes Bulky (bulky weight)

Knit Picks Swish Superwash (machine washable wool)
(no full Gryffindor; sunshine or sand dune/black; dark navy or deep ocean/copper; no full Slytherin)

Mission Falls 1824 wool
(russet or poppy/no gold; no hufflepuff yellow; 22 blue/13 bronze; no slytherin green)

Patons Classic Merino Wool
(burgundy or rich red/old gold; old gold/black; navy/grey mix or paprika; bottle green/grey mix)

Plymouth Galway

Cotton or Cotton Blend

Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (cotton/wool blend; DK weight)

Elann Endless Summer Collection Sonata (DK weight)

Knit Picks’ Shine Sport (cotton/modal, sport weight)
Knit Picks’ Shine Worsted (cotton/modal)

Mission Falls 1824 Cotton (machine washable 100% cotton)
(merlot/goldenrod; goldenrod/ebony; indigo/sand or pebble; no Slytherin green )

Rowan Wool Cotton (cotton/wool blend; DK weight)

Luxury Yarns

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (wool/microfibre/cashmere)

Elann Peruvian Collection Highland Silk (dk weight, wool/silk blend)
(oxblood/allspice; navy/pumpkin)

Knit Picks’ Andean Treasure (alpaca)
Knit Picks’ Ambrosia (alpaca/cashmere)
Knit Picks’ Panache (alpaca/cashmere/silk/merino)

Luxury Collection Baby Silk (sport weight, wool/silk blend)
(wine/gold; gold/black)

Novelty Yarns

Lion Brand Glitterspun

As always, happy knitting!
Abigailcrayolaab on August 16th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
For my PS/CoS scarf, I used
2 sk Cascade 220 Goldenrod #7827
2 sk Cascade 220 Dark Red #2413

from www.helloknitty.com. She's based in America, but she'll ship overseas for the cost of shipping only which is an amazing deal. Her Cascade 220 is also inexpensive compared to others!
Carmen Sandiego: HP lumoscarmen_sandiego on August 16th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for those Cascade recs!
josee_madaliajosee_madalia on August 16th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
For the iPod Cozy I recently posted in the crafts section of The Leaky Cauldron, the author used Mission Falls 1824, #22 and 13 for Book Ravenclaw. From what I've been able to see, the other colours aren't really satisfactory for the other house colours though.
Carmen Sandiego: HP lumoscarmen_sandiego on August 16th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
OK, thanks for that note! I'll include the Mission Falls in the list.
stephh1stephh1 on August 16th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Can we put this over in the Links section? This is a great list and would come in very handy without having to search for it every time someone wants to buy yarn for a new project. :)
Carmen Sandiego: HP Neville - awesomecarmen_sandiego on August 16th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Please do! That's exactly the sort of reason I wanted to make the list in the first place :)
The Lady of Shallotlolalovestony on August 16th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
or the moderators could put this in the memories and start using that as a resource.
_Gin: hpmod_gin on August 20th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Added to memories and SideBar, thanks for the very comprehensive list!
Carmen Sandiego: HP lumoscarmen_sandiego on August 20th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Awesome! And you're welcome. I'll try to keep it updated if people provide more suggestions. :)
KarenDkaren_d on August 25th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
I just got some new color cards from Knit Picks. They now have some heathered colors in Wool of the Andes. I think the Lake Ice Heather would work nicely for a movie PoA/GoF Ravenclaw; it's nice light grey, bluer than the Fog. Based on the catalog picture, I was hoping Forest Heather was going to be good for Slytherin, but in the fiber it's too olive. The Amber Heather might work for the bronze in book Ravenclaw (combined with Winter Night for the blue); it's coppery and lighter than Maple Syrup.

In Telemark, I think Skyline (blue) and Snow Leopard (grey) are the best PoA/GoF Ravenclaw, though I wish the Snow Leopard were a little lighter. Deep Navy is almost black and Alpine Frost is a touch light to contrast well with Snow Leopard. Rosemary is too olive to be a good Slytherin.

For Swish, the best combination is Dark Navy/Copper for book Ravenclaw. The other houses don't really get much. The Sunshine is a really light yellow, too light for Gryffindor in my opinion. The Sand Dune is very tan, so I wouldn't use that, either. The Coast Grey is really too dark for movie Ravenclaw or Slytherin; I like more contrast between the bars than Coast Grey would provide.
Carmen Sandiego: Knitting - my fandomcarmen_sandiego on August 26th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for those comments from the colour cards! I'll update the list with these suggestions.
Courteni D.deeplygirlyalto on May 22nd, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
i'm looking for yarn that's thin enough to look like the film scarves. my slytherin scarf's stripes look too thick compared to cho's stripes in the GoF stills.

help please.