A few months ago, my partner Coffee Shop Cynic decided to make a Harry Potter baby blanket for a pregnant friend of hers, in the style of my Game of Thrones blanket. First things first, though, she needed a pattern, and since I can’t help myself I immediately went ‘challenge accepted!’ and had a chart emailed to her within the day. I initially thought about making four completely separate charts, one with each house logo, and sewing them together, but then decided instead on designing the pattern as one large chart with the full Hogwarts crest. She finished the blanket a few weeks ago and it’s been safely delivered to the very excited mother, so now I can post the pattern!
If you have any questions about the pattern, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m happy to help. Enjoy!
All details below are based on US crochet terms. I made the blanket charts based on crochet, but it works well for knitting too.
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn (or something similar) in the following colours:
- Black, gold (for crest), red, yellow, green, grey/silver, blue, bronze/brown (used for both Ravenclaw and for the shaded part of the crest, or you can get a different brown for the crest if you prefer)
- Size H / 5.00 crochet hook
- Darning needle
- Quilt fabric for backing (black, or whatever you prefer)
- Sewing machine to sew on the quilt fabric (or do it by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine)
Finished blanket measures approx. 1 metre by 1 metre, and is slightly taller than it is wide. The gauge doesn’t matter other than the fact that a tighter gauge will make a slightly smaller blanket, and vice versa.
How to Assemble and Read the Chart
There are four separate chart files, which each needs to be printed and taped together to make one large chart. You will work from right to left and bottom to top, not counting the chain. Each chart is 65 stitches across and 70 rows tall, so when taped together the total chart is 130 stitches across and 140 rows tall.
Start by chaining 131 in black, then the first stitch of the first row is the first pixel in the bottom right corner of the chart. One pixel corresponds to one single crochet. For the odd rows you’ll be working from the front, and for the even rows you’ll flip it and be working from theback. Make sure the ends are always hanging to the back/wrong side of the blanket – so sometimes they will be facing you, and other times they will be on the other side from you.
I subdivided each chart into 5×5 boxes since it helps me count my stitches. I like to make a little mark beside each row so I know which direction I’m going, and I cross off/scribble out each row in sharpie as I finish them. Like this:
|This is the Hawkeye panel of an Avengers blanket I was definitely not making at a certain point in time. I dug it up recently and may still (not) make it, but we’ll see!|
There are various techniques for changing colours, so it really just depends on your preference and whether or not you care about what the back looks like. I recommend lining the blanket so it won’t matter what the back looks like. I personally carry each colour behind as I work, so I end up with a ton of loops at the back of the blanket. Sometimes I will also cut a colour and pick it up later, depending on how far it will be until I need it again. I hate weaving in ends, though!
If you don’t want to line the blanket, you can either crochet over the colour you’re not using (though it tends to bleed through, I find) or cut the yarn each time you change colours and then weave in all the ends. There are a LOT of colour changes, though, so this may drive you insane! You could also do a combination of the two, crocheting over the unused colour when you have a lot of quick colour changes, and then cutting the yarn when you have larger gaps between colours.
The blanket in the picture doesn’t have a border, but I recommend adding 1-2 rows of a black border just to make the sides look clean. You could also use the house colours or gold for the border, up to you!
I recommend backing the blanket in a quilting fabric, which will be soft and light for a baby (and at least one side of the blanket will be easy to clean!). You can hand sew the quilting on if you don’t have a sewing machine, but it will be a time consuming process. If you have a machine then it’s pretty quick and easy to just sew the quilting to the blanket all around the edges. Just fold the edges and pin all the way around, then feed it slowly and carefully through the machine. It’s a bit terrifying at first (when I did this with my Game of Thrones blanket, I was convinced that the crochet stitches would get caught in the machine and rip my beloved blanket to pieces), but just be careful and it will be fine. 🙂
And the charts!
Click on the picture or caption to download the charts. Print each one, trim the white off where needed, then tape carefully together so make one big chart. The background is in black, but I’ve left it white because there’s no sense in printing off that much black I figure.