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16 July 2007 @ 10:44 pm
Chart and a Pattern  
I am an enormous Snape fan. I am firmly in the Snape-is-good camp and therefore I like to express this at various fannish activities with a "Trust Snape" armband. My original armband was sewn at the last minute from scrap black cotton duck and written upon in white nail polish. I lost it when I moved.

I wasn't about to let that stop me from wearing a "Trust Snape" armband to the book release (not least because it's entirely possible--though in my opinion highly improbable--that this may be my last chance to wear one in good faith), so I'm in the process of making a new one with the leftover green and silver yarn from the stripes on my Hogwarts sweater vest.

In case anyone else wants to show their trust in Snape in the future, I wanted to share the chart I made and the pattern I used. FO pics to come when I have actually finished the object; it's got to have its ends woven in, block, and be seamed. I may actually wait until I can have my fiancé take pictures of my whole costume, actually, and then I'll be cross-posting everywhere.

Here is the chart. Can be used with any two colours of the same kind of yarn in whatever gauge you'd like. Fun for the whole family.

Pattern for "Trust Snape" Armband

This armband is knitted in stockinette back and forth and then seamed, mainly for ease of colourwork. I'm far too lazy to try to learn that intarsia-in-the-fake-round technique everyone's been on about. This is probably a pretty decent first intarsia project.

Should wind up about 13" in circumference; measure your arm before you begin and add more length as necessary, or go up a needle size or two. I have genuinely teeny arms. Mine is twelve and a quarter inches before blocking and my actual arm is 10.5" around; keep in mind if you plan to wear this over a shirtsleeve (as I do) you'll need a little bit of ease. If you swatch first you may succeed in estimating circumference where I have failed.

- Much less than one ball each two colours sport or DK yarn, main colour (MC) and contrast colour (CC) (make it any colours you like; I've used Nature Spun Sport #N25 Enchanted Forest and #N03 Grey Heather as MC and CC respectively, but I'd love to see people running around sporting armbands in their various House colours or whatever else they dream up)
- Size 2 US needles, single-pointed or circs
- Tapestry needle for seaming

Using MC, CO 97 sts (I like crochet cast-on because you can't tell which end is the bind-off.)
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K 33, work 31-st chart, K 33
Row 6: P 33, work 31-st chart, P 33
Repeat these two rows until chart is completed.
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: Purl
Bind off. Weave in ends. Block and seam with mattress stitch or whatever technique you find most handy.
Mood: chipper
sunflower_pixie: hp: snapesunflower_pixie on July 17th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
that's brilliant and i might have to give it a go - i've never tried colorwork before and this might be a good (and inexpensive) first project. thanks for taking the time to post the chart/pattern and i'll look forward to seeing ours :)
_saraht_ on July 17th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I believe Snape is good too. I'll have to try that chart, but I might turn it into a cuff by using thinner yarn. But I'll have to check my stash, who knows!
a!!eylostearring on July 17th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
this looks so cool!! i definitely want to try. unfortunately, i have no idea how to work two colors on the same row, so it may have to wait a bit :/
milady_vilya: princemilady_vilya on July 17th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
very cool! I'll make one and wear it with my Snape costume :) My faith in snape has never wavered I still trust him.
Andreahopelight on July 17th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
I LOVE your icon! :)
bookbind till yer blind!: snape dramajennybean42 on July 17th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
and the letters, if you have a general alphabet, work out that you could have sooooo many excellent other possibilities...



I'm sorry, perhaps I've said too much...
sunflower_pixie: hp: snape does the time warp.  again.sunflower_pixie on July 18th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
Really I don't think that anyone could say too much on this topic!

killergraces on July 17th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
i'm definitely making one of these for the book release. i'm thinking i will double knit mine, though, because my stranded knitting skills are way sub-par.
amishgirl281amishgirl281 on July 18th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm totally going to have to knit me some of those for the book release. Thanks! Now I'll have something to go with my Dark Mark :)
Rachell R.horrorbot on July 18th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
I love the pattern!
I'm totally making one.
lalalalaurennnnlalalalaurennnn on July 18th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
wow your a genious! love love love snape he is totally loyal to the order!
Kelso Timebombcaptainkelso on July 18th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my god yes.

I haven't knitted in ages (it's too hot in Iowa). This'll be a good project to warm me back up for the season.

Also: Yay Snape! This'll show my dissenting friends.
oh_snivellusoh_snivellus on August 14th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
i was just looking through the past posts and when i saw this i almost died. yes! finally! i am so excited for this one!