Hello to all magic-reading bloggers who are interested in finding out what is happening 2day as it is the second day of this magical Christmas week…,

You may like to know that Muggles are not the only people who celebrate Christmas. Witches and wizards do too! So you can imagine all the chaos that will be happening at Hogwarts! For you people who have no idea, here’s a detailed image (I would also suggest watching the Harry Potter movies) …:

So. You are looking at Hogwarts from a bird’s eye view…

The castle is a gingerbread house with glowing windows and Hagrid’s Hut is an iced cake. Glittering, powdery snow is everywhere, several feet high in many places. The Black Lake is frozen and some students are iceskating. The Weasley twins have bewitched several snowballs to follow Professor Quirrell around, bouncing off his turban. They are now throwing snowballs at the window in the Gryffindor Common Room, and Ron opens the window meet one full in the face, and swears with quite some fury at his older brothers. Quite unknown to Fred and George Weasley, Filch will soon slouch in behind them and find a punishment for their crime against Quirrell. No doubt it will not be torturous enough for him to enjoy.

Scattered around the castle are bunches of students laughing and dodging while they participate in snowball fights. Hagrid is lumbering down the snowy slope, carrying with him several injured and unconscious owls who have managed to fight their way through vicious storms. Hagrid will take them to his hut and nurse them back to health before they can fly back to their owners.
The Forbidden Forest looks enchanted, each tree smattered with silver.

Inside now:

Imagine walking through the double doors that lead to the Great Hall. Inside is a strange, magical and splendid dining place. There are thousands and thousands of candles lighting up the place, floating in mid-air over four long, polished wooden tables, where all the students sit. The tables are laid with glistening golden plates and goblets. At the far end of the hall there is another long table where teachers sit. The ceiling is bewitched to look like the sky outside, so let’s say a ‘velvety black… dotted with stars’. There are huge fireplaces, soon causing you to heat up and take off your coat. It looks magnificent. Festoons of holly and mistletoe are hung around the walls and no less than twelve towering Christmas trees stand around the room, some sparkling with tiny icicles, others glittering with hundreds of candles, and even some are frost-covered. They are glittering with golden stars. Thick streamers of holly and mistletoe crisscross the ceiling. Enchanted snow is falling warm and dry from the ceiling. Professor Flitwick, the tiny little Charms teacher, and Professor McGonagall, the tall, strict Transfiguration teacher, are adding some last minute decorations from the tips of their wands. Poor Flitwick has to perch on a stool to place the bubbles blossoming from his wand accurately over the branches of a tree.

In the dungeons, it is so cold that your breath rises in a mist in front of you, and you stick as close as you can to your cauldron.

Knights around the school shine with a mysterious light, and when you walk past them they begin singing Christmas carols in odd, metallic voices, with some pauses where they miss words. Unfortunately, there are rarely any pauses as Peeves the mischievous poltergeist is usually hiding inside them, singing along and adding some inappropriate, rude phrases from his own versions.

Now put yourself in Mrs. Weasley’s shoes…

Mrs. Weasley is a very busy mother, and has to organise lots of presents for her family: Mr.Weasley, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. Not to mention her other relatives and of course, Harry (who she dotes on). As the traditional present she gives is a Weasley jumper with your first initial on it, she has a lot of knitting to do!

So you had better get started!

With all her household jobs to do, she can get a little scatterbrained and forget the patterns she is using… so you may like to use this as a guide to making a Weasley jumper:

Wait! Before you read this… NOTE: these instructions were copied from the unofficial website “The Leaky Cauldron” and I did not create it myself. They have something very important to say to everyone:

“Please note that the patterns and tutorials you find here have been designed by Harry Potter fans all over the Internet. The authors alone hold the copyrights and licences to these patterns and tutorials, which means you CANNOT use their patterns to make something that you will sell to others afterwards. You can use them to make things for yourself. You can make some for your friends and ask them to pay for supplies. You CANNOT, however, ask them to pay you to do it as though you had created this pattern by yourself, or try to sell you crafts to a local store.

Think about it. Would you take a Prisoner of Azkaban book, photocopy it, put your name in big red letters on the front cover and try to sell it in your local library? The answer is, obviously, no. Well, selling crafts you have made but not designed would be just as bad!

Also note that the tutorials, recipes and patterns found here have not been tested and that The Leaky Cauldron’s Harry Potter Crafts section is not responsible for any mistakes they may contain.”

So now you know all of that… Here it goes!)

Finished measurements

Circumference: 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46) inches
Lenght: 12 (13.5, 15, 16.5, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5, 24, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5) inches

Note: Since this pattern had a lot of measurements, we prefered to keep all the measurements in inches. For a version that includes measurements in centimeters, please click here.

Supplies

MC: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed or approximately 570 (570, 760, 950, 950, 1140, 1330, 1520, 1520, 1710, 1900, 2090, 2280, 2470) yards of similar gauge tweedy yarn
CC: 1 skein of Rowan Felted Tweed or 190 yards of similar gauge tweedy yarn
US5 (3.75 mm) needles (or size required to get gauge)
US 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular needle (or size required to get gauge)
Stitch holder or scrap of yarn
Stitch markers or scraps of yarn
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge
24 stitchers and 32 rows per 4”.

Note: If you want to use a yarn with a larger gauge, you can try using this same pattern, but following the instructions for a smaller size! Knit a gauge swatch and multiply your gauge per inch by half the bust size you wish to make (e.g.: if your gauge is 4 st./in. and you’re knitting a 36 inch size, mulitply 4×18). Find the number closest to that number in the instructions for the back. Circle that number and follow all of the instructions that refer to # of stitches as if you were knitting that size. BUT follow instructions that refer to length in inches or # of rows from the ACTUAL size you want to make.

Chart
H Chart for the smaller sizes
H Chart for the middle sizes (bolded)
H Chart for the largest sizes (underlined)

Instructions

Back
With MC cast on 60 (66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120, 126, 132, 138) stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 12 (13.5, 15, 16.5, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5, 24, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5) inches, ending with WS row.

Shoulder shaping

Bind off 18 (20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44) stitches at the beginning of the next two rows.
Place remaining 24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50) stitches on holder or scrap yarn for the neck.
Note: If you wish to grade the shoulders you can divide the shoulder bind offs into two, three, or four groups. For example, for the smallest size – bind off 9 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, 2 times; for the seventh size (32” circ.) – bind off 10 stitches at beginning of next two rows, 3 times; for the largest size (44” circ.) – bind off 10 stitches at beginning of next two rows, 4 times.

Mark beginning of armhole by measuring 5 (6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5) inches DOWN from each shoulder edge and tying a spare scrap of yarn around the edge stitches.

Front
Work as for BACK until piece measures 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17) inches from bottom.
If you are knitting the initial into the front, begin working initial chart using a separate strand of MC and CC for each color section. Be sure to center chart for your size in the middle of the sweater. If you will be adding the initial later with duplicate stitch, continue knitting in stockinette stitch with MC only.

After completing chart, continue knitting with MC only until sweater measures 9.75 (11.25, 12.75, 14.25, 15.5, 17, 18.5, 20, 21.5, 22.75, 23.75, 24.75, 24.75, 25.75) inches, ending with WS row.

Neck Shaping
Knit the first 24 (26, 29, 31, 34, 36, 39, 41, 44, 46, 49, 51, 54, 56) stitches, placing the center 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26) stitches onto holder or scrap yarn, and knitting the remaining 24 (26, 29, 31, 34, 36, 39, 41, 43, 46, 49, 51, 54, 56) stitches.
Continue on right side of neck only, working all following neck decreases for this side one stitch in from the egde as follows:
– on WS: Purl to last 3 stitches, P2tog, P1
– on RS: K1, K2tog, K to end.

Shape neck by decreasing one stitch at neck edge EVERY row 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7) times, then EVERY OTHER ROW 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) times. Continue in stockinette stitch until front is as long as back to beginning of shoulder shaping (see *) and complete as for back.

Join new yarn at armhole edge of left side to begin working left side of neck. Work all following neck decreases for this side as follows:
– on RS: Knit to last 3 stitches, SSK, K1
– on WS: P1, SSP, P to end
Shape neck as for other side (see *

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Mark beginning of armhole by measuring 5 (6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5) inches DOWN from each shoulder edge and tying a spare scrap of yarn around the edge stitches.

Sleeves
Sew shoulders together. Pick up and knit 58 (66, 72, 78, 84, 88, 96, 100, 108, 112, 120, 124, 132, 136) stitches around left armhole from from marked stitch on front to marked stitch on back. Beginning with a purl row, work in stockinette stitch for 1 (1, 1, 1, 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5) inches. Begin shaping sleeve, by working decreases on each side one stitch in from the edge, as follows:
– on RS: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, SSK, K1
– on WS: P1, SSP, P to last 3 stitches, P2tog, P1)
Work decreases on next and then on every 6 (6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4)th row until 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 54, 58, 58, 62, 62, 66, 66, 70, 70) stitches remain. When decreases are complete, continue working in stockinette stitch until sleeve measures 8.5 (9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18, 18.5) inches, then work 2×2 ribbing (beginning and ending each row with K2) for 1.5 (1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5) inches.

Bind off in pattern.

Repeat for right armhole.

Sew side seams of body and sleeves and weave in ends. Accio sweater!

Final Product

Alright now. So, Mrs. Weasley’s present is done, and there’s is one other person who always gives presents to Harry, Ron and Hermione… Hagrid. He enjoys cooking, but maybe he isn’t as perfect as Mrs. Weasley. Harry, Ron and Hermione have frequently come across faults in Hagrid’s cooking… the rock cakes he always gave them were too hard to eat… the chicken casserole had talons in it… you can see he isn’t completely accurate. So I have decided to provide you with the perfect recipe for homemade treacle fudge which he gave to Harry for Christmas some years ago. Conveniently, Harry remembered to soften it by the fire, but you won’t need to do that as you will follow these instructions correctly, I am sure… I hope!

By the way, this recipe was taken from “How to Make Treacle Fudge – wikiHow“:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of light cream or evaporated milk
3/4 cup of firmly parted brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup molasses (not blackstrap)

Steps:

1. Mix together the cream, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

2. Melt the butter with the chocolate in a heavy saucepan.

3. Remove from heat and stir in the molasses.

4. Add the chocolate mixture to the cream mixture.

5. Pour into a buttered 8 x 8″ square pan.

6. Let it cool.

7. Finally, cut into squares and serve.

Tips:

You can add 1/4 cup of raisins, 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts or pinch of nutmeg if you want.

I don’t know how good the treacle fudge will be, or the Weasley jumper, but give it a go and tell me how it turns out.

Well, that’s it for the day so…

Finite Incantatem!

BUTTERBEER

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