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I have to admit that I'm not the hugest Harry Potter fan in my family. My dad and my sister have both read all of the books, and I've only read, um, 2 chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. BUT I have seen all the movies. Since my dad is such a big fan, I'm thinking of knitting him something from Charmed Knits for either Christmas or his birthday in March (his birthday is looking likelier and likelier as Christmas gets closer and closer!) Picking colors for a lot of the projects in the book is pretty easy since Alison Hansel used lots of Knit Picks yarns, but since we've introduced some new colors, I've been thinking a bit about which yarns I'd actually choose.

This post on Ravelry was the final push I needed to compile a list of all the Knit Picks yarns you could use for Harry Potter projects. There are many many Harry Potter projects on Ravelry so I included every weight of yarn we carry. There's also a nice pattern for the Hogwart's scarf on atypically.knit.

The yellows and golds were definitely the hardest to pick out, a lot of our yellow yarns are soft and buttery and gorgeous, but maybe not exactly the color you'd think of when you think of Harry Potter House colors, but I included a few of them anyway, if you're not a perfectionist, I think these would do. If you are a perfectionist, you could always get some Bare and dye your own! I've also marked my favorite color combinations with little *'s. I used yarn samples to pick these colors so if they don't look right on your particular computer monitor, you're just going to have to trust me!

Gryffindor
(scarlet & gold)

Fingering Weight
Gloss
Burgundy
Serengeti

Essential Kettle Dye*
Wine (or Essential Hollyberry if you want a solid)
Gold

Palette (richer)*
Garnet Heather
Turmeric

Or
Palette (brighter)
Pimento
Semolina

Sport Weight
Telemark
Garnet Heather
Brass Heather

Shine Sport
Hollyberry
Butter (yellow more than gold)

DK weight
Swish DK*
Hollyberry
Grain Heather

Worsted weight
Wool of the Andes
Cranberry
Daffodil (yellow more than gold)

Wool of the Andes Kettle Dye*
Wine
Gold

Swish Worsted*
Fired Brick
Gold

Comfy
Pomegranate
Crème Brulee

Shine Worsted
Hollyberry
Crème Brulee

Bulky weight
Swish Bulky
Garnet Heather
Crème Brulee

Slytherin
(dark green and silver)
Lace weight
Shadow
Lost Lake
Basalt

Gloss Lace
Cypress
Sterling

Fingering Weight
Risata
Grass
Ash

Essential
Pine
Ash

Essential Tweed
Lumberjack
Ash

Palette
Ivy
Marble Heather

Sport Weight
Telemark
Pesto
Charcoal Heather

Andean Treasure
Moss Heather
Fog Heather

DK weight
Merino
Moss
Fog

Swish DK
Forest Heather
Ash

Worsted weight
Wool of the Andes
Evergreen
Dove Heather

Andean Silk
Jade
Slate

Swish Worsted
Dublin
Squirrel Heather

Main Line
Cypress
Steel

Bulky weight
Swish Bulky
Cypress
Squirrel Heather

Cadena*
Leaf
Mist

Ravenclaw (books)
(blue and bronze)
Lace weight
Alpaca Cloud
Stream
Autumn

Shimmer
Blue Glass
Spice

Fingering weight
Gloss
Dusk
Pumpkin

Essential
Dusk or Navy
Pumpkin

Palette*
Navy
Masala

Sport weight
Telemark *
Alpine Frost
Flame Heather

DK weight
Swish DK
Delft Heather
Persimmon Heather

Worsted weight
Wool of the Andes *
Blue Ink
Maple Syrup (you could go with Pumpkin, but its pretty orange-y)

Wool of the Andes Kettle Dye
Jay
Auburn

Swish Worsted
Delft Heather (or Dark Navy)
Allspice (Copper would work to, it’s darker and a little more brown)

Shamrock
Reilly
Kelley

Bulky weight
Swish Bulky
Planetarium
Adobo

Ravenclaw (films)
(blue and silver)
Lace weight
Shadow
Jewels
Basalt

Gloss Lace
Bluebird
Sterling

Shimmer
Blue Glass
Cumulus

Fingering Weight
Gloss
Dusk
Dolphin

Risata
Dusk
Ash

Essential
Dusk
Ash

Palette
Blue Note Heather
Fog

Sport weight
Telemark*
Cobalt
Charcoal Heather

Andean Treasure
Summer Sky Heather
Fog Heather

DK weight
Merino
Dusk
Fog

Swish DK*
Dusk
Cobblestone Heather (Mist would work well too)

Elegance
Cornflower
Ash

Worsted Weight
Wool of the Andes
Winter Night
Lake Ice Heather

Andean Silk
Navy
Slate

Swish Worsted
Navy
Coast Grey

Main Line
Blueberry
Steel

Bulky weight
Wool of the Andes Bulky
Navy
Pewter

Swish Bulky
Planetarium
Squirrel Heather

Cadena
Tide
Mist

Hufflepuff
(black and yellow)
Fingering weight
Gloss
Black
Serengeti (kind of brownish)

Kettle Dye Essential
Soot
Gold

Palette*
Black
Semolina

Sport Weight
Telemark
Black
Caution

DK weight
Swish DK
Coal
Pale Lemon

Worsted
Wool of the Andes
Coal
Daffodil

Kettle Dye Wool of the Andes
Soot
Gold

Swish Worsted*
Black
Sunshine

Shine Worsted
Ebony
Crème Brulee

Bulky
Swish Bulky
Onyx Heather
Crème Brulee

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Comment by RedFear on April 8, 2010 at 1:25pm
I'm so behind! just found this post and soooo happy :D
Comment by Puffy Griffinclaw on April 14, 2009 at 8:07pm
Wow, thanks for this listing--I found the link in the KP Ravelry group. And I just stashed up on Gold and Wine Essential Kettle, what serendipity! Though my screen moniker sounds uncertain, the Hat put me in Griffindor.

There are some interesting patterns out there, but I may go for something more subtle...like a stitch pattern that somehow connects to or symbolizes Gryffindor. Okay, that probably sounds as esoteric as a Ravenclaw...but I'm inspired because I recently was searching for a pattern to use for for a skein of Opal "Dumbledore" colorway, and finally found something that would provide texture without competing with the already busy colors. The pattern was named "Bees Knees", and after I purchased it, I remembered that "Dumbledore" was the old English word for "bumble bee". Okay, only a Knitting HP fan would love that coincidence like I do! So I guess I'll have to find a pattern with a brave heart, a sword, or something less obvious...on with the search.

At least all the colors are already identified, so thanks, Angela, for doing our homework for us! Extra points to YOUR house!
Comment by Roxane on April 14, 2009 at 12:12pm
What intellectual rigor! You even spotted the Ravenclaw discrepancy, which I appreciate, since that is where the Sorting Hat would have put me--right along with Luna!

And the audiobooks are absolutely awesome. Jim Dale adds a whole 'nother level of art to what is already a masterpiece.
Comment by Angela on September 30, 2008 at 8:24am
Glad you guys like it! I may check out the audio books, I like listening to them when I'm knitting sometimes, thanks for the recommendation!
Comment by allsubstance on September 29, 2008 at 3:01pm
Thank you for posting that. It is going to save me so much time and worry! I had hoped to knit some house scarves for me and the two potter fans at work. One of them had the nerve to prefer slytherin; I may make hers a gryffindor out of spite! lol
Comment by sunshine115 on September 29, 2008 at 8:21am
just a side note-you may like the audio HP books. The reader, Jim Dale, is amazing. Our library has all of them on cd. And ;thanks for the color list!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 27, 2008 at 6:24pm
That was a lot of work for someone who isn't such a Potter fan. Thanks for the reference.
Comment by MrDarcyisGreat on September 26, 2008 at 5:47pm
Great stuff! Thanks!
Comment by TopazGirl on September 26, 2008 at 4:16pm
AWESOME resource, thank you so much!
Comment by TangledSkein on September 26, 2008 at 1:32pm
Wow! Thanks for all the work! This is awesome, and makes our job of picking these colors so much easier!

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